Full Snow Moon Night Tour
The Point Arena Lighthouse continues its popular Full Moon Night Tours with a Full Snow Moon Night Tour on Saturday, February 24. Gates open 5:30 p.m., tour starts around 6 p.m. The evening will feature a special presentation about the Light Station’s history and technology, sweet and savory snacks accompanied by champagne or sparkling juice, capped off by a guided “Climb to the Top” tour of the tallest lighthouse on the West Coast under the rising full moon – if the weather cooperates, of course! An etched Point Arena Lighthouse souvenir champagne flute is included in the price of admission for each participant, which is $50 per person. The tour is limited to 20 guests, so reservations are recommended in advance of the tour. While the tour is scheduled to coordinate with the full moon, weather conditions may preclude lunar visibility. The tours are conducted regardless of weather conditions, unless the Lighthouse Staff deems them to potentially cause safety issues for the guests. In the event the tour is cancelled, guests will receive a full refund. The Lighthouse is located at 45500 Lighthouse Road in Point Arena.
According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac the February full moon is called the Snow Moon due to the typically heavy snowfall during that month. On average, February is the USA’s snowiest month, according to data from the National Weather Service. Native American tribes and Colonial Americans used full moons as a way of tracking the seasons. Other February Full Moon names include: the “Shoulder to Shoulder Around the Fire Moon” (from the Wishram people of the Pacific Northwest), the “No Snow in the Trails Moon” (Zuni, of the Southwest), and the “Bone Moon” (Cherokee, of the Southeast). The Bone Moon meant that there was so little food that people gnawed on bones and ate bone marrow soup.
“Our Full Moon Night Tours often sell out well in advance, and guests always marvel at the moon rising over the hills east of Manchester or Point Arena just as we arrive at the top of the Lighthouse Tower,” says Mark Hancock, Point Arena Lighthouse Executive Director. “Don’t miss out on this unique coastal experience, make your reservations early!”
The Lighthouse offers Full Moon Night Tours throughout the year on the Saturday closest to the full moon if it doesn’t fall on that day, see their Calendar of Events for details. For more information or to make a reservation call the Lighthouse at 707-882-2809, ext. 1 at least 3 days prior to the tour.