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Date Sent:      August 23, 2007
Subject:           Las Trampas
From:               John Bondon
Yes there is a hike this weekend! Special thanks to Howard for offering to lead this weekend's Las Trampas hike. As always you'll find more details about each of our upcoming hikes posted on the East Bay Casual Hiking website.

If you have a hike of your own in mind that you'd like to lead, don't be shy! Submit it via the web site itself. Simply click on the "Lead A Hike" link on the Upcoming Hikes page. Contact me directly if you experience any problems using the web based system.

Last Sunday we had 29 hikers and 3 dogs come out for the Redwood Park hike. We took a slightly modified path, so total distance according to the trail map was 4.12 miles. For those returning via Stream Trail early total distance was 2.78 miles.

We were not alone up there in the hills either. Lots of activity throughout the morning and early afternoon, with some 100 volunteer members of the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Department Search and Rescue team, along with members from the Alameda Sheriff's Department as well, scoured the hills and valleys of Redwood Regional Park, and also nearby Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve, Roberts Regional Recreation Area, and Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve. They searched mostly on foot. A few brought their search dogs. They were looking for clues in the case of Nina Reiser, the 31-year old Oakland woman who went missing last September and whose husband is suspected of killing her. Reiser went missing after dropping her kids at the home of her estranged husband, Hans Reiser. The two were in a custody dispute over their two young children, a son and daughter. Nina Reisers minivan was found abandoned September 3, 2006 with groceries and her purse still inside. Jury selection for the case is expected to begin next week. Search teams report that no new clues or evidence was discovered this past weekend.

Happy Hiking! :)

Happy Trails,

John




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