Or is it?
Eclipses of the Moon
At about 3am Thursday morning here in SE Oz, there will be a lunar eclipse. I like to see them and have recorded a few. Used to amuse my better/other/now-gone half, Tarn, no end, me out in the cold trying to pet a picture or video of the event. I may get up or stay up? Or not. Been there, done that, and it will be a wee bit cold tomorrow, so the timing is a bit off. I once saw a brilliant eclipse of the moon, but did not recognise it immediately. As usual, I googled the timing- Easter 78, 77? Within 5 minutes, success. On ya NASA!
This is that story:
When: Early Morning. March 24. 1978.
Where: French Island
Why: On a Hoadly Hide- a Senior Scout hiking adventure
What: Strange happenings
Over the Easter Long weekend 1978, there was a hiking adventure for youth under the auspices of the Victorian Scouting movement. I was the leader [supposedly] of five or six youths doing team activities to be completed for points towards an award. My younger brother and one of his peers Marty were on the team too. A natural sibling rivalry was still going on. These were done at places along a trail around the almost deserted island in the middle of Western Port Bay. Knot tying, construction, first aid, all those thing we had learnt over the last few years once a week and on camps in the wild were to be put to good use.
Late Good Friday night there were a few swigs of rum each, and spitting it into the camp fire to show off too, like BOOM! One of the older guys, Darren, was nearly 18 [or was 18?] actually managed to smuggle a bottle of bacardi rum in! What was worse was that We probably finished it off by midnight, when most of us had settled down. No-one was sloshed, or maybe a little bit. I was one of the last to leave for my sleeping blanket, and was sitting at the fire’s edge, swapping between staring at the fire and the full moon. But I thought I was going mad. One of my first late teenager years binges and this was happening… the moon… the moon…
It was RED? Oi! I shouted a few times to rouse someone to make sure I was not seeing things or not stupid drunk- I wasn’t, but you never knew back then!
My first Eclipse of the Moon
So the timing was great, and amusing afterwards.