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Date Sent:      June 06, 2008
Subject:           PHP, anyone?
From:               John Bondon
Sorry for the tardiness of these emails lately but it's been a hectic past couple of months!

Do you PHP?
Calling all PHP experts! I'm looking for a little help from anyone familar with PHP. The new web based discussion system that I mentioned last time is built on PHP. A language I am totally new to. It doesn't appear to be a difficult language to learn, and the piece I am looking to implement to get it to work in conjunction with the existing web site is not hard either, but being totally new to all this, and given the limited time I have to actually devote to all this, let's just say help from someone more familar with it would be most helpful! So if you know how to code in PHP, even if only the basics, and you've got a few minutes to spare, please give me shout! :) Even if you're new to it, too, I'm sure you still know way more than I do and can help me out. :)

Reports From The Field ... err, I mean Trails!
Okay on to hiking news from past hikes. Diane reports of her hike at Kings Canyon in Moraga a couple of weeks ago:
    Had about 25 people on this hike. Although the weather was overcast and cool, I think most people enjoyed it. The first group of us finished the 6.5 miles in just under 2 hours. Had some newcomers and some seasoned hikers. Some people turned around and went back rather than ascend the killer hill, but graciously let someone with a walkie talkie know so that I would know. No lost hikers this time :-)
Andrew reports of Gracie's hike last Saturday, which was not formally posted on the website. Instead it was only advertised on the Member's Only Email List.
    Gracie led a great hike on Pleasanton Ridge today. She is a first time leader and hiker with us. I wish we had more gracie b's. Hey girls, where are you? We had 14 hikers (with only one email). It was very cold and windy. We never saw the sun. We all finished and stayed together. A great start for gracie b.
Great job, Gracie B! And thanks for stepping up to lead a hike! :) Another hike that was only announced and coordinated via email was Evan's hike at Point Reye's this past weekend. He files this report:
    We had 25 people in our group. Although the forecast called for gray skies, it actually cleared up just as we started. When we arrived at Arch Rock, we were treated to a spectacular view of the Pacific and the entire Point Reyes Peninsula. We hiked at a leisurely pace and had lots of breaks and socializing. On our hike, we saw a sea lion, red-tailed hawk, and deer. We also saw a variety of wildflowers including forget me nots, morning glories, buttercups, and farewell to springs (clarkias). There were also two unusual plants everyone enjoyed seeing, equisetum and sticky monkey flower. Equisetum looks like a horse's tail and sticky monkey flower looks orange. Thanks to Betsy for sharing her knowledge of wildflowers and wildlife with us! Also thanks to Manoj and Mary who volunteered to be the sweep on both legs of the hike. Their efforts insured that nobody was left behind. After the hike, eleven of us went to Bangkok Thai Palace in San Rafael and enjoyed a tasty meal as well as lots of fun and laughter. A good time was had by all.
Finally, Andrew files this report from his Wall Point hike last weekend:
    We started with 30 hikers from Macedo on our Wall Point hike. Several hikers did their own hike and that is OK. They let me know. We are casual you know. We all finished safely. A beautiful cool, sunny day.
What's Next?
And now a preview of our upcoming hikes, by the hike leader(s):

Evan says of the upcoming Iron Horse Trail - Alamo to Danville (Paved) hike on Saturday, June 7 at 11:00 AM: "Let's try something different this weekend! Instead of the usual wilderness park, we will hike 2.75 miles from Alamo to the Danville Farmers' Market on the Iron Horse Trail. After we load up on fresh fruits and vegetables, we will eat together at the benches across the street from the market by the Iron Horse Trail. This hike is on a paved bike path and will take approximately two to three hours depending on the group. It should be warm so bring a hat for the sun, sunblock, 1 liter of water and room to carry back fresh fruits and vegetables. This is not a dog friendly hike. ".

Andrew says of the upcoming Grand Loop on Diablo hike on Sunday, June 8 at 9:00 AM: "This is a fantastic picture taking hike. Great views. Bring your camera and send me your best picture.".

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,


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