New Smyrna is one of my favorite local beaches. To access the nicest area to park and haul your beach gear down on the beach (if you don’t partake in beach driving like myself) you travel through a quiet neighborhood to Flagler Avenue. I decided to go to this particular beach on June 22nd 2013 to see the moon rise over the ocean. It was to be the biggest showing of the moon in several years (*I think*).
It also presents the moon’s closest encounter with Earth for all of 2013. The moon will not be so close again until August, 2014. In other words, it’s not just a supermoon. It’s the closest supermoon of 2013.
Here I am on Flagler Ave. perplexed. What are all these drunk college kids on bicycles doing here???
Unfortunately, the above picture is before they had been drinking all day in the hot Florida sun. By the time I got there (around 4pm) they were starting to look like this:
Apparently, this type of festival is very popular all over the world. I wonder if New Smyrna will rethink hosting it on a weekend that also has the closest full moon to earth taking place. Too much, too soon? I think so.
I left the beach and watched the moon rise on my front porch, thirty miles from the drunken bicyclists. Peace baby, peace.