This Sunday evening, we went to the Mid-Autumn festival gathering at the beach in Discovery Bay with our friends Linda and Todd Hudgins and their girls, Samantha and Jessica. The Hudgins are another FedEx family here in DB, very nice people. We went to the beach with about a thousand others from DB, spread out a blanket and watched for the moon. Basically this is a celebration of family time and appreciation of the moon and harvest times. There is a legend about a young woman who lives on the moon with her jade rabbit. There are many versions of the legend, but Sunday was the day when you are supposed to see her clearly in the moon. You eat moon cake and gather with family and friends to enjoy each other's company.
Lots of glowsticks, candles and bonfires are involved in the Mid Autumn festival.
We didn't get a moon cake. We were talking about it at lunch and Sam decided to strike out and go buy a moon cake. However, he came back an hour later without it. He was disappointed and lamented,"No one had any moon PIES here! They must be good since they are all gone!" Oh well...you can take the boy out of the south...
The main activity here seems to be hiking. We've gone on a few hikes together and have a few more planned. Recently, Lizzy, Sam, Paul, and I went to a nearby waterfall. It was a short hike, but beautiful.
We have a long hike planned for Thursday which will be a school holiday for local schools here, so some of our new friends will also be going. Then Friday we will be going to a homeschooled teen meetup. Hoping that turns out well. We've gotten all our school books now and John starts his next dual enrollment class in a two weeks. Hoping that goes well, too! He will have to play close attention to deadlines with the time and date difference.