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Once in a blue moon: Kayak tour Friday night on Lake Tahoe

A full moon rises this spring over the Sierra Nevada.
Courtesy Chris Turner / RimFire Photography |

TAHOE VISTA, Calif. — A blue moon comes along every, well, once in a blue moon, as the saying goes, and this week, it offers a whole new twist on the popular trademark: Keep Tahoe Blue.

The rising of a blue moon is a rare event that reportedly happens only about every two and a half years, in calendar months exceeding 29.5 days.

That will be the case for July 2015 — the first full moon this month was July 1, and the second will be Friday, July 31.

This expression was first noted back in 1821 and refers to occurrences that are uncommon, though not truly rare, according to the Farmer’s Almanac.

Will it really be blue? Probably not. According to NASA, the date of a full moon, all by itself, doesn’t affect the moon’s color, and the moon on July 31 will be pearly-gray, as usual.

But, on past occasions, usually after vast forest fires or major volcanic eruptions, the moon has reportedly taken on a bluish or lavender hue, according to the Farmer’s Almanac. Soot and ash particles, propelled high into the Earth’s atmosphere, can sometimes make the moon appear bluish, although this is very rare.

At Lake Tahoe and Truckee, countless viewing locations nestled in the Sierra Nevada provide arguably the best spots to see this phenomenon, as the moon, full or not, blue or not, often appears extra large.

If you’re looking for a truly unique way to view the blue moon, and don’t mind spending a little cash, you may want to consider Friday’s full moon kayak tour with Tahoe Adventure Company.

This summer season, the company is offering six full moon tours (two already have happened) into October; this Friday’s however, is extra special.

“You get a unique perspective of the area from a kayak. Once we get out on the water, we’re away from all the crowds and immersed in the Lake environment,” said Kevin Hickey, owner of Tahoe Adventure Company. “It is a great experience.”

The tours launch out of Tahoe Vista Recreation Area on the North Shore, and are 1 to 3 miles, typically lasting 2-plus hours on Lake Tahoe’s water.

Trips include kayak, paddle, life jacket, professional guide, instruction, history and astronomy discussions, permit fees, hot drinks and snacks.

Cost is $65 per person; the company mandates a 4-person minimum. Single travelers are welcome to join existing groups.

Call 530-913-9212 or visit tahoeadventurecompany.com to learn more.

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