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A full moon rising…over the Roaring Fork Valley

Stina SiegPost Independent StaffGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado Traditionally, the Chinese would give offerings to their ancestors during it. Modern-day Wiccans still celebrate it with a romp. In a popular 1981 flick, it turned a swaggering American tourist into a werewolf, chomping his way through London.You guessed it were talking about the full moon here. While the natural event always has a bit of cach to it, tonights glowing sky is more special than most. With winter soon over, this is one of your last chances to enjoy your favorite snowy activities by a slightly more romantic light. You probably dont even have to go to work tomorrow. So, what are you going to do about it?Out of curiosity (and a need for sources), this reporter brought the question to the streets.Jacques Deyoe, 27, was working downstairs at the Sunlight Ski & Bike Shop. For the Glenwood Springs resident, the full moon question had a popular answer: Sunlight Mountain Resort.Its such a beautiful scene, he said. The moons so bright and everythings so quiet.Like many around town, Deyoe skins up the mountain and skies back down. When the night is clear and a big moon is out, he doesnt even need a head lamp. Sometimes, he and his friends will have the all the runs to themselves. Other nights, theyll hang out in the warming hut, where it might be standing room only. In his words, either way, the experience of being out there at night makes him feel grateful.It just adds a little more excitement to it, he said, of the darkness.Above, Joanne Cermak, 60, was doing her shopping. While she wasnt sure of her Friday night plans, she knew just the feeling of hanging out under the night sky. In the past, the Eagle resident had completed a few nighttime snowshoe races in the nearby Cordeillera area.Its fun to see the shadows, she said, You really do get to see moon shadows. You almost think the sun is about to come out in a few minutes.Some of the excitement, she said, is in the not knowing. You dont know whats ahead of you; you dont know whats behind you. Youre forced into the here and now.Theres a little intimidation there because you dont have the depth of field you normally do, she said. But theres a beauty to it. Its pretty amazing.Though he used absolutely different words, a local cyclist seemed awed by the full moon, too. Preferring to go by the handle Slappy, the 26-year-old told about his favorite monthly hangout, the Full Moon Cruiser Ride.Its the greatest invention ever, he said, of the bike, so thats kind of a plus.The cycling jaunt begins at 8, every full moon evening at Carbondales Sopris Park, he said. It runs through town, sometimes even through the Black Nugget, and lasts somewhere around an hour. There may be no organization, no agenda but there are a bunch of folks in costume. According to Slappy, the context of the night gives the rides a communal goofiness.If you had the word for an event with no leader and no hierarchy, then that would be it, he explained. As more and more people were asked about their moon time experiences, it turns out that many were at a loss for words. Full moons are special, theyd say, not knowing what else to add. Still, most were happy to give some activity suggestions.Kara Armano, 28, the womens buyer at Summit Canyon Mountaineering, recommended Babbish Gulch, near Sunlight, as a good place to snowshoe or ski and bring your dogs. For those without pooches, she suggested Spring Gulch in Carbondale. For Chris Van Leuven, 30, a local climber, nighttime means that the ice at Hayes Falls is hardened, and he can climb while his dog, Jake, waits below. The late hour, he said, gives him a chance to enjoy the solitude.Local adventure racer Sari Anderson, 29, admitted that sometimes its hard to get motivated for nighttime recreation. But once youre out there, she explained, It just feels so great. One of her more recent night excursions was to the warming hut atop Buttermilk Ski Resort. Boy, theres just all kind of things people can do in the full moon, concluded Bernie Boettcher, Silts own, ever-winning, professional runner.With 296 races under his belt (in 284 consecutive weeks), the 45-year-old athlete seemed like someone who would take advantage of a bright, moonlit night. As it turns out, he was also just the person to sum up all this nocturnal madness. With some precautions taken, he said, you can do just about anything you can do in the daylight.And Boettcher would know. Hes skied at Independence Pass, snowshoed on local trails, biked around Moab, made his way up Mount Sopris all by the light of the moon. Tonight, as he gears up for yet another race, hell probably be under the stars at Colorado National Monument. For him, the lunar draw is simple.I think the appeal is just having a new perspective on an old subject, I guess he said. You get to see things in a new light.So to speak.Contact Stina Sieg: 384-9111ssieg@postindependent.com


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