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Date Sent:      February 22, 2007
Subject:           Changes to Daylight Saving Time
From:               John Bondon
Hello All, Special thanks to Helene for leading last Saturday's fantastic hike at Mount Diablo! Reports fellow hiker Andrew of the experience: " What a beautiful day for a hike. I have been waiting at least 3 months for a day like that. We had 16 hikers, with about 8 new faces (including Helene's husband). We wound up splitting into 2 groups; the faster hikers led by Helene, and everyone else led by Wayne. We were split 50/50. Robert was the designated caboose. It worked very well. This hike was much more strenuous than Briones of 2 weeks ago, although the distance and elevation gain are approximately the same. It was just as strenuous descending the trail as ascending. "

Thanks for the report from the field, Andrew! This Sunday Andrew will be leading a hike of his own in Walnut Creek starting from Borges Ranch. This will be a less strenuous, easy, fun hike, with approximately 500 feet of elevation gain and 6 miles distance round trip. Much easier than Eagle Peak. Bring snacks or lunch. Only HEAVY rain cancels.


Daylight Saving Time Changes in 2007

In case you haven't heard by now, Daylight Saving Time (DST) will be starting earlier this year, and ending later as well! Daylight Saving Time is a system of handling the changing amounts of daylight throughout the year. The goal of DST is to maximize the daylight hours available during typical waking hours. By adjusting clocks ahead a standard amount, usually an hour, people can have more daylight available during their typical work day. For example, suppose you wake daily at 7:00 AM. In the spring, the sun rises earlier each day. Instead of waking up at 6:00 AM to take advantage of the daylight, DST observers move their clocks ahead an hour. The effect is that they can continue to wake at 7:00 AM according to the clock and enjoy more daylight. In the fall, people set their clocks back an hour as sunrise happens later each day.

Changes in 2007
The United States has planned a change to its DST observance beginning in 2007. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 mandates that DST will start on the second Sunday in March and end on the first Sunday in November. In 2007, the start date will be March 11 and the stop date will be November 4. These dates are different from previous years. In 2006, the dates were the first Sunday in April (April 2, 2006) and the last Sunday in October (October 29, 2006).

Keep these dates in mind as you plan, not only your hikes and outdoor activies in the coming weeks, but the rest of your life as well, too. And be sure to confirm appointments when scheduling with others who may be unaware of this change.

To learn more about how changes to Daylight Saving Time might affect your computer system, visit the appropriate web site below:
Microsoft Windows users - http://support.microsoft.com/gp/cp_dst
Apple Macintosh users - http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=305056


You'll find more details about this upcoming hike posted on the East Bay Casual Hiking website. Heavy rain cancels.

Happy Trails! :)

Happy Trails,

John




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