Friday, June 17, 2011

#187: Full Moon Hikes with TreePeople

I can't think of a better way to kick start summer vacation than howling at the moon. On my first full moon hike with TreePeople, about forty of us did just that in Beverly Hill's Coldwater Canyon Park. Our faces lit in moonlight, we all took a deep collective breath as our hiking guide slowly counted: 1... 2... 3! A chorus of awooooooos echoed long and loud against the foggy canyon walls. "Sounds more like one-too-many-tequila-shots than howling," our guide joked.

There are so many awesome things about this full moon hike. First, there's the group TreePeople. What a rad name. I want to join this group just so I can say that I'm a "TreePerson".

TreePeople is a nonprofit group whose focus is "helping nature heal our cities." Besides inspiring people to plant and care for trees, they also host a full moon hike in Coldwater Canyon once a month.

Whether you're a seasoned hiker, a casual walker, or a slow stroller, TreePeople's got you covered with three full moon hikes at varying exertion levels. All three hikes are 45 minutes long. The first hike has a lot of stops and is meant for kids and families. There was only one family there doing this hike! The second hike has a few stops, and attracted about 20 people. The third hike has no stops and was the crowd favorite--this is the one that Mike, Michelle and I went on.

Our hike started at sunset, and within ten minutes the full moon glowed so brightly, it almost looked like the sun:

Pretty soon, the fog started rolling in. The waves of fog blanketing the canyon took my breath away. Or maybe it was the brisk pace our guide set as she took us up, down and around the canyon.

Although our hike was supposed to have no stops, we actually had quite a few: twice to let people catch up, once for the guide to show us a glow worm, and once to howl at the moon. The crowd was about half college aged kids and half older folk. Registration is required and costs $5 for non-members. I had a blast on this hike and look forward to the next one!

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