We walk when the moon is full.
We started years ago, when Forrest was a little boy of three or four, even earlier I suppose, when I would then tote him along in the back pack and hear his gentle breathing above the silence of the mountain as he took in the sights and sounds and smells of the early night around us.
Every month is different. Every year is different. But there is always magic in the air, magic in the night, magic in the light of the moon.
How easy it is some months to say it is too cold, we are too tired, we have too much to do, and to miss out on the moon. But when we are out there, no matter what effort and how long it took us to wrap ourselves in all these layers to keep us warm enough… it is worth while. We are glad to be out there.
Last night, we headed out on our monthly Moon Walk. With temperatures at 5 degrees and dropping, we bundled up, leaving the comforts of our cabin and the flashlights behind, running, breathing, gasping for air in this crispy cold clean chill of moon glow night air, warming up beneath our layers and layers of winter clothes, turning our cheeks to a rosy glow, which of course, no one could see in the pale light of the moon. The storm of the past two nights had cleared, leaving a fresh layer of snow on top of the solid pack below, allowing us to walk where we pleased. For those who live in deep snow, you know you get used to sticking on the trails and tracks only. Step off, and you fall in. But last night, we could run anywhere. Though I admit, we don’t run very much or very fast at 10,000 feet above sea level and when we are dressed like the Michelin Man. It was a 20 minute mile down to the Little Cabin and back to the warm glow of our cabin, in a path like the coyote, rarely able to keep a straight line for all the subtle distractions that the night presents.
The mountain glowing with the silver light, shadows of the trees, ourselves, playing on the smooth snow, the moon seems brighter in winter. In the luster, the mountains roll off into an uncertain distance, the snow twinkles, the air clears our noses and lungs and we feel very much alive.