Join me on a Microadventure: Sunday’s Harvest Moon/ Supermoon/Lunar Eclipse

Local adventure opportunity !

Lunar eclipse

Lunar eclipse

Anyone up for a #microadventure to check out the Harvest Moon/ “Supermoon”/ and total lunar eclipse tomorrow night (Sunday, Sept. 27)?

MIcroadventures

MIcroadventures

As Alistair Humphreys states in Microadventures: Local Discoveries for Great Escapes,  “A microadventure is close to home, cheap, simple, short, and 100% guaranteed to refresh your life.  A microadventure takes the spirit of a big adventure and squeezes it into a day or even a few hours.”

The Harvest Moon in 2015 comes on the night of September 27. It’s also a supermoon, and the closest the moon will come to earth this year.  What’s more, this Harvest Moon will stage a total lunar eclipse on Sunday night.

According to my stargazing brother-in-law Gene, ”The total eclipse will start at 10:11 p.m. EDT Sunday evening and will last one hour and 12 minutes.”

This particular astronomical situation hasn’t happened in 33 years, and won’t for another 18 years.

Good background, including a video here.

I plan to watch it all unfold come up over Penobscot Bay from the top of Bald Rock Mountain in Camden Hills State Park. I’ll head up after supper, starting from the Steven’s Corner lot at 6:30 pm.  Should be able to reach the top by dark.

If you also plan to head up, definitely bring a headlamp.

I also plan to sleep up there and make it down early enough to get to work on Monday, so I’ll be packing a sleeping bag, ground mat, and a bivvy bag.  There’s a campfire ring in front of the lean-to as well.  That might happen, too.  It is only a 2 mile walk from the parking lot to the top, so if someone wanted to, they could go up and down on Sunday night.  I don’t rush any more.

There are flat spots on top that can serves as tent sites, and floor of the worn-down lean-to just below the top can serve as a sheltered space as well.

The weather could not be better for the viewing on Sunday night:  clear skies and low in the 50’s .

Who is in?

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About tjamrog

I'm sixty-seven and live in the Maine woods. I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2007, the Pacific Crest Trail in 2010, Vermont's Long Trail in 2011, and the Continental Divide Trail in 2013 . I am outdoors every day. I offer guided backpacking trips and classes in Maine, through "Uncle Tom's Guided Adventures".
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One Response to Join me on a Microadventure: Sunday’s Harvest Moon/ Supermoon/Lunar Eclipse

  1. Tenzing says:

    Wish I could be there to once again “occupy” Bald Rock. That December night was GREAT! I’ll micro from my yard with Carol, my camera on a tripod, a fire in the portable fire pit, and a hot tub at the ready! Have fun and hope you attract a reasonably sized group.

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