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Date Sent:      September 25, 2008
Subject:           He DOES exist!
From:               John Bondon
Bondon family After many weeks away from hiking, the person who sends you these emails every week finally showed up himself for a hike and proved that there really is a real human behind these emails! At least for the time being... haven't had a chance to work more on my automation project since sharing that with you last week, but that is coming!

Report from Andrew regarding last weekend's hike to Borges Ranch from Livorna:
    Howard says we had 38 hikers. Special thanks to MARS for assisting. He is great and we didn't have to ask. There were a lot of hikers, plus dogs. I love it. These are the hikes that make my day. 6 miles over rolling hills. Received many compliments.
Livorna to Borges Sunday Group Thanks to all for a fun hike! It was nice to finally get out in the fresh air once again. Plan to do so again this weekend as well. And thanks to Lucy for sharing some of her pics of the hike as well, including a nice shot of the group (featured on the right).

Speaking of this weekend, Andrew says of the upcoming Twin Ponds Loop hike on Sunday, September 28 at 9:30 AM: "My reputation is on the line because this is my hike. I am hopeful for a good turnout. You won't be disappointed.".

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

Andrew says of the upcoming weekday hike from Livorna Rd trailhead to Borges Ranch on Wednesday, October 1 at 10:00 AM: "Bring snacks to share at Borges. This qualifies for a mental health day. Your employer will understand.".

Iqbal says of the upcoming Lafayette Reservoir Rim Trail (Via Granada) hike on Sunday, October 5 at 9:00 AM: "The Lafayette Reservoir is situated in the Lamorinda area. There are two main trails the bottom paved trail and the unpaved upper rim trail. We will be doing the rim trail. The rim trial offers great views of the reservoir and the surrounding hills, has some shady areas but is mostly in the sun. I would call it moderately difficult hike, but has quite a few steep up and down hill areas. There are toilets and drinking water in a couple of places. It should take us close to 2 1/2 hours.".

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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