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Date Sent:      October 31, 2008
Subject:           John's SoapBox
From:               John Bondon

Change Your Clocks!

This weekend marks the end of Daylight Savings Time. The official end is Sunday morning at 2AM, when we set our clocks back 1 hour. So that means we gain an extra hour of sleep!! yeah! So don't forget to set your clock back before turning in for the night! To learn more about the history of Daylight Savings Time here in the United States visit the U.S. Naval Observatory website at http://aa.usno.navy.mil/faq/docs/daylight_time.php.

In Case of Rain

This weekend also marks the beginning of the wet weather season again. The possibility of rain is in the forecast for Sunday's hikes. Most of our hikes are cancelled if it rains, so be sure to check with the hike leader before heading out the door to confirm whether the hike will proceed. For the hikes I lead, simply phone my cell phone. If I don't personally answer, I will be sure to record an updated outgoing greeting with the answer for whether my hike will proceed or not. Don't rely on the website for the most up to date information.

Reports from the Trails

Diane filled this report from her October 26th Briones hike:
    "I had 5 hearty hikers on my Brione's Reservoir hike yesterday. The weather was spectacular and we were so engrossed in conversation that we finished the 13.2 miles in 3:40! My best time yet around the reservoir&which typically takes me about 4 hours. We started on the Oursan trail to take advantage of the full sun while it was cool and finished on the shady Bear Creek trail. "
Wall Point hike Andrew reports of his hike yesterday (Thursday):
    "We had 6 hikers on a cloudy day. Hike turned out to be about 6.5 miles, not 5. The rain did not start until we got home. We were lucky. "
And adds this regarding last Sunday's hike to Wall Point:
    "We had 30 hikers on a beautiful autumn day. The distance of 6.1 miles was confirmed by 2 GPS readings. Thanks to Mars and yourself for coleading. The walkie talkies made this hike easier. We knew where everybody was. The potluck afterwards was successful. There was lots of socializing and tasty food. We will do that again. "
Andrew at after hike Potluck Let me add my personal thanks to Lucy, Andrew, Howard, and Mars for helping to put this hike and associated potluck together. This was an idea that Prachi and I often bounced around but had yet to execute on. So I really appreciate their efforts in spearheading the potluck and socializing concept after hiking. It was a lot of fun and something I look forward to again in the future! But most importantly, this is a classic example of this club working as it should. Remember this is your club. Even though I might be the person controlling the website behind the scenes, it is actually you, the members, who help make these hikes possible. Without the dedication of our hike leaders, our weekly trekking routine wouldn't be possible. So if you have a new idea or tradition you'd like to start, don't be shy, step up to the plate and try it! You'll always find others willing to help out. And the next time you see Mars, Diane, Andrew, Howard, Iqbal, Evan, Lucy, and all of our other past (and future!) hike leaders, be sure to thank them, for it is only due to their willingness to lead that allows the rest of us to have the opportunity to hike each weekend. I am very proud of what this hiking club has become, but it is only due to the efforts of others that it has evolved the way it has. If I were the only one leading hikes and planning events, we would not have had the diversity in hikes and ideas that we now enjoy. So I encourage each of you to think of the East Bay Casual Hiking Group as much your club as it is a project of mine. I encourage you to get involved and help to organize some events of your own. The club will be better for it.

Pictures to Share

October 30th weekday hike And yes there are pictures to share from last week's hikes. View Lucy's shots from the Wall Point hike at http://picasaweb.google.com/lucy.wongs/WallPointMacedoRanch# while you can view more of Lucy's as well as Mars' shots here: http://hiking.bondon.com/pictures/?Path=WallPoint/ and Mars' shots from yesterday's hike here: http://hiking.bondon.com/pictures/?Path=Oct30/.

Upcoming Hikes



Diane says of the upcoming Earle's Diablo Endurance Hike hike on Sunday, November 2 at 6:30 AM: "Let's celebrate the end of day light savings with an endurance hike through Mount Diablo. We will start at dawn and finish at (or slightly after) dusk.".

John says of the upcoming Hardy Canyon (Round Valley Regional Park) hike on Sunday, November 2 at 10:30 AM: "This is the tougher route from the one we did last spring. Expect about 1,000 feet elevation gain. I am told this hike is closer to 5 miles in length not 8. No dogs permitted on this hike. Call my cell phone in the morning to confirm hike will proceed as planned. ".

Andrew says of the upcoming Mt Diablo Summit from Mitchell Canyon hike on Sunday, November 9 at 9:00 AM: "I know we need rain, but I hope it holds off until after this hike.".

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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