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Date Sent:      May 17, 2006
Subject:           The Blind Leading the Blind
From:               John Bondon
Special thanks to Paul for leading a fantastic and fun hike last Saturday night! And to Diane as well for organzing a carpool to a Sierra Club hike on Mother's Day, though I hear it was by a hike leader whom we will not be attending any more of his hikes. :(

By looking at our website lately, it is starting to look and feel exactly as intended when I first started the site two and half years ago. Other members have been volunteering to lead hikes -- and that's great! That's the idea behind the East Bay Casual Hiking club and this site. Offering some diversity in leading styles as well as new trails to explore is better than just one person always leading. Keep those offers to lead coming! If you have a hike in mind you'd like to lead, let me know!

Speaking of leading new types of hikes, member June is interested in leading shorter hikes, and she's even been inspired to form her own hiking club, dubbed Short Hikes, Fabulous Places toward that end. Here's a sampling of her comments:

Short Hikes, Fabulous Places (SHFP) is a Bay Area hiking club for enthusiastic hikers that love the fabulous places that the Bay Area has to offer, but would prefer shorter hikes (2 to 4 miles). We focus on "shorter" hikes, without sacrificing great views and interesting places.

My hikes are ideal for those who may be recovering from injury, just getting started in hiking, or are working on getting into shape and increasing endurance and distance, or just don't have a lot of time for a long hike.

John Bondon has graciously agreed to allow me to post my hikes on the East Bay Casual Hiking Club web site (while I work on the SHFP website) to offer East Bay hikes to members of the EBCHC that may want to go on shorter hikes from 2 to 4 miles. The postings and emails will have all the info on meeting times, place, hike descriptions, maps, and my cell phone number for questions and updates, just like John does.

You can read June's full comments online . She will be leading her first such hike this Saturday, meeting at 1:30pm at Applebees in Walnut Creek. Refer to the website for complete details.

Today's email is titled "The Blind Leading the Blind", and that refers to my hike scheduled for Sunday. This is a trail I have yet to explore, and haven't had a chance to do so yet on my own, so who'd like to explore it with me?

I should caution everyone that the website now lists not only meeting times and directions for the actual hiking location, but also for an optional carpool meeting spot (when available). Be careful to pay attention that you don't confuse the two! Sunday's hike starts at 11AM; carpool meets at 10AM.

As always, you'll find more details about each of these upcoming hikes posted on the East Bay Casual Hiking website.

See you out on the Trails! :)

Happy Trails,


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