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Date Sent:      March 06, 2008
Subject:           Set Clocks Forward Saturday night / Sunday AM
From:               John Bondon
First a report from last Sunday's hike. Andrew reports of last Sunday's Juniper hike at Mount Diablo:
    Juniper Flat hike March 2nd, 2008 " We had 9 hikers for our hike today. The weather was beautiful in the staging area. As we got close to Deer Flat the wind picked up significantly. We snacked and then headed to Juniper. One of the hikers decided to turn back at this point. As we got closer to Juniper, the winds became severe. Gusts were estimated at 50 MPH plus. We snacked in the shelter of the restrooms. 2 of the hikers decided to do a summit hike. The rest of us decided to get out of that wind tunnel as fast as we could. I was almost knocked over several times. This part was not fun. When we got below the wind, it was beautiful. We all finished. Message: we have to be prepared for changing weather conditions. all enjoyed the hike. "
More than a simple hike - sounds like it was a fun adventure! But point taken, even in seemingly "sunny" California, one always has to be ready for any type of weather. Checking this weekend's weather forecast looks very promising! Feels like spring is already here!

We had some great photographs taken on the last two weekend hikes, and Andrew was kind enough to share those with me. I have posted a few on the website which you can access here. But to be honest, I haven't had time to get everything uploaded yet, so more to be added later. :)

Andrew says of the upcoming Briones Reservoir hike on Saturday, March 8 at 9:00 AM: "I can't wait to see how much the Reservoir has filled. Bring your cameras.". Note the updated driving directions to the trailhead as well posted on the website!

This weekend marks my return to hiking and to leading after being away for far too long. What better way to get me outdoors than to lead a few hikes of my own! So this weekend I will be leading the Ygnacio Canal Trail to Contra Costa Canal Trail Loop (paved) hike on Sunday, March 9 at 10:10 AM. It's a paved so expect little to no mud. This is a dog/pet friendly hike. Kid friendly as well in the sense it is relatively flat, but beware of a few road crossings, including once across Ygnacio Valley Road (at a light) and then across Oak Grove Road (also a light). Heavy rain cancels. Total distance is approximately 8 miles if you do the full loop, but for those seeking a shorter trek, simply turn and head back when you've had enough. This is a nice easy hike. The only hard part for some may be the distance, so plan to turn back early if you are not up for the full distance. Don't forget to set your clocks ahead one hour Saturday night when we spring forward into Daylight Savings Time!

You'll find more details about each of these upcoming hikes, including starting time and directions to the trailhead, posted on the East Bay Casual Hiking website. In the event of rain, please check with the hike leader as to whether the hike will proceed as planned.

Happy Trails! :)

Happy Trails,

John




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