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Date Sent:      March 22, 2007
Subject:           Summit / Howe Homestead / THANK YOU Trail Dogs!
From:               John Bondon
Very special THANK YOU to Harry and the Trail Dogs crew (Scott and John) for showing us an example of their handiwork on last Sunday's Chaparral Spring hike. We were also fortunate enough to be led by a Park Ranger from the East Bay Regional Park District, named Roger, who was like a walking encyclopedia for us. His knowledge of the trails and local plant and animal life was AMAZING! Thanks to all for a well led hike! And of all the days for me to forget my camera, I think Andrew best summed up the experience, "I will never forget the views of North Peak/ Mt Olympia/Morgan Territory/Black Diamond Mines/etc. ". Nor shall I! A completely different perspective hiking from the east side of Mount Diablo.

A Preview of some of our upcoming hikes:

Helene says of the upcoming Mount Diablo Summit via Juniper Camp hike: "Join us for a Summit hike that's a little easier on the knees than my original plan. I scouted the original hike on Saturday, March 11, and found Mitchell Canyon just a little painful on the downhill. Back Creek Trail is much gentler, although occasionally slippery, and much closer to our end point.".

Andrew says of the upcoming Shell Ridge (Howe Homestead Park) hike: "This is a relatively easy hike through rolling hills. No steep ones. I leave my land phone at 9:15. 925-484-4205. Hike is dog friendly, however, they must be on a leash.".

Don't forget that the end of the month is our Pinnacles trip/hike, slated for the weekend of March 31st and April 1st. This can either be a one day trip or camp out and join us for the entire weekend! Totally up to you. Pinnacles is only about 2 1/2 hours from the East Bay -- close enough to make it a one day trip if you prefer! You'll find more details about this trip posted on the website, or view the Pinnacles Information Packet available on the website.

A special email list has been created specifically for those interested in joining us at Pinnacles. I will be sending future updates and last minute announcements via the Pinnacles list. Those subscribed to it are also encouraged to use the list to arrange carpools, coordinate camp sites or similar lodging logistics, and just overall exchange of emails, questions, and ideas regarding the upcoming trip.

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

Happy Trails! :)

Happy Trails,

John




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