The August Project: 8-20-13 Part two. This one’s for you Neil.

“For those who may ask what they can do to honor Neil, we have a simple request. Honor his example of service, accomplishment and modesty, and the next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink.”

It was just this month while on one of my “August Project” trips that a friend had expressed to me this sentiment spoken by the late Neil Armstrong’s family upon his death.

The moon-lit beach of Port Kent


Tonight was the first full moon with a promise of clear sky. My paddling partner and I set out late to spend some time under the full moon on our paddleboards.¬†Fortunately the lake had calmed from the 2-3′ waves I experienced earlier to an almost glassy smooth. We set out from Port Kent Beach away from the lights of the city to have a clear view. The sky was perfectly clear, the moon full and bright. We spent only an hour out on the water snapping photos, enjoying the sounds of the birds and late night insects, and smelling the nearby campfires.

Thinking of Neil.
Thinking of Neil.

This coming Sunday marks the anniversary of the death of Neil Armstrong on August 25, 2012. So tonight, under perfectly clear sky and a magnificent full moon, I thought of Neil and gave him a wink.

The Pilings from the Port Kent ferry dock.
The Pilings from the Port Kent ferry dock.

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