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Date Sent:      October 30, 2007
Subject:           5 Hikes in 5 Days!
From:               John Bondon
This is a very exciting week for our group -- we have 5 opportunities to hike this week, including two weekday options, starting with a 10AM hike tomorrow at Las Trampas. Then an evening hike Friday at 5:45pm in Walnut Creek. Two hikes Saturday morning -- one at Mount Diablo; the other in the Pinole area. And end the weekend with a hike Sunday morning in Pleasanton. That's 5 opportunities to hike with the East Bay Casual Hiking Group in the next 5 days! And it's all possible thanks to our volunteer leaders who have stepped forward to lead these great hikes! My special thanks to Andrew, Howard, Diane, Helene, and Paul.

Andrew reports of the Livorna hike from last week:
    We had 7 hikers on another beautiful East Bay day. Howard led us through grasslands and forest to Borges Ranch, where we snacked at the picnic tables. 2 new hikers and 5 regulars. We all hiked together, so we didn't need the walkie talkies.


A Preview of some of those upcoming hikes I mentioned, by the hike leader(s) themselves:

Helene says of the upcoming Mitchell Canyon/Burma Road Loop hike: "Take advantage of the cooler November weather to take a long steep hike with a lunch break at Deer Flat. Start at Mitchell Canyon Staging area. From there, we'll hike for approximately eleven miles, gaining 1600 feet in elevation. Arrange you own carpools with members of the group.".

John says of the upcoming Pinole Watershed hike: "Come out and hike a brand new trail! This is the new Pinole Watershed Ridge Trail Dedication & Hike -- dedication starts at 9AM; hikes (with 2 to choose from) begin at 9:30. Ceremony will happen rain or shine, however, rain cancels the hikes. I may have to leave early for a tennis match but you'll be in good hands as the hikes are being led by the event organizers.".

Andrew says of the upcoming Elderberry Trail (Las Trampas) - (Main PAVED Parking Lot) hike: "Weather conditions should be ideal.".

Andrew says of the upcoming Sinbad Creek trail via the Pleasanton Ridgeline trail hike: "This hike is dog friendly, but I don't want that to complicate the carpool. ALL hikers meet at carpool location.".



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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