Due to weather, the Full Moon Hike scheduled for Friday, April 19th at 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm has been cancelled.
WHAT IS THE PINK MOON?
In ancient times, it was common to track the seasons by the lunar calendar (as opposed to the solar calendar which came later).Native peoples once observed the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full moon. Time was not recorded by using the months of the Julian or Gregorian calendar. As a result, many of the traditional names we use in The Old Farmer’s Almanac come from the Native Americans who interacted with American Colonists.April’s full Moon is called the Full Pink Moon, heralding the appearance of the “moss pink,” or wild ground phlox—one of the first spring flowers.Other names include Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and the Fish Moon.
APRIL MOON FACTS AND FOLKLORE
A full Moon in April brings frost. If the full Moon rises pale, expect rain.On April 20, 1972, the lunar module of Apollo XVI landed on the moon with astronauts John Young and Charles Duke aboard. Thomas Mattingly remained in orbit around the moon aboard the command module. One day later, on April 21, 1972, Apollo XVI astronauts John Young and Charles Duke drove an electric car on the surface of the moon. It’s still up there along with some expensive tools and some film that they forgot.According to folklore, the period from the full Moon through the last quarter of the Moon is the best time for killing weeds, thinning, pruning, mowing, cutting timber, and planting below-ground crops.Source: The Farmer’s Almanac