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Date Sent:      April 18, 2008
Subject:           TIME CHANGE!
From:               John Bondon
Last Wednesday Mars led the first of two hikes at Black Diamond Mine. "had four people show and had good camaraderie within the group. an enjoyable time was had by all and we did survive one rather steep section on the sunny side of the hill we found ourselves in the midday sun. ". An estimated 11-13 people showed up for Saturday's Black Diamond Mine hike. "Pretty warm day so we got off the trails by just afternoon. Didn't see any snakes."

Speaking of snakes, my wife had a few snake sightings of her own on our Sunday hike to check out the Alamere Falls. Actually, 4 snakes to be exact. I think they were as shocked to be discovered along the trail by her, as she was to encounter them, because they quickly scurried away. So quickly in fact, that we could not identify what type of snake they were. The falls, by the way, were awesome! This hike will definately become a yearly tradition. In all my years living in the San Francisco Bay Area, I never realized this spot existed. Sitting on the beach eating lunch watching a beautiful waterfall on one side and then turning to look out across the ocean on the other side on a clear and warm, sunny day... it doesn't get any better than that!

TIME CHANGE! I had to make a slight adjustment to both the carpool and the hike starting time for the Sunday, April 20th upcoming Four Falls hike at Big Basin Redwoods SP. The new start time is 11:00 AM. Carpool departs at 8:45AM, so be there a little early. Based on our experience from last Sunday, the extra time is needed for travel time between the carpool location and the trailhead. This will be a strenuous 11 -mile hike. Bring a lunch or snack and dress in layers.

A Preview of some of our other upcoming hikes, by the hike leader(s):

John says of the upcoming Lake Chabot (9 mile) Lake Loop hike on Sunday, April 27 at 10:30 AM: "Join me on a hike around the tranquil 315-acre Lake Chabot. This lake was built in 1875 as a primary source of water for the East Bay and was off limits to the public for about 91 years. In 1960, the parks district opened the area for the public to enjoy. Join me as we scout the various trails that wind around the shoreline of Lake Chabot".

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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