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Date Sent:      January 09, 2009
Subject:           Hike the North Bay Saturday and the East Bay Sunday
From:               John Bondon

Marin Hike Thanks to Evan for starting the New Year with our first hike for 2009. Reports Evan of the Lafayette-Moraga Trail Hike,

    " We had a large group show up for our New Year's Day hike. Carol and Terrie volunteered to co-lead and we split everyone into smaller groups. There was no shortage of conversation and laughter during the three hours we hiked. The weather could not have been better. Thanks to Carol and Terrie for co-leading! "

Thanks to Howard, as well, for leading the Brushy Peak Preserve hike last Sunday. Says Howard of that day:
    " There were 29 hikers on a sunny, but cold and windy day -- gloves and earmuff weather -- for our Brushy Peak Loop Trail hike. A good reminder to layer-up and be prepared for not so pleasant weather conditions. For many of us, it was a healthy and invigorating way to start the New Year.\ "



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

Evan says of the upcoming Mayacamas Mountains Madness Hike #1: Bald Mountain hike on Saturday, January 10 at 1:00 PM: "Have you ever wanted to go on a hard hike but were afraid to because you didn't want to be left behind? Well fear not! We'll take it easy as we tackle one of Sonoma County's highest summits. Well go at a leisurely pace and there will be plenty of time to take pictures. However, you'll still need to be in shape if you want to go on this hike. Weather permitting, we should have views of the High Sierra and the Pacific Ocean. ".

Howard says of the upcoming Sugarloaf to Borges Ranch hike on Sunday, January 11 at 10:00 AM: "Yet another route to Borges Ranch! Borges Ranch is one of my favorite destinations. There are nice facilities at both Sugarloaf and Borges Ranch. A moderate hike of approx 6 miles and 750 feet elevation gain over some trails that we have not previously hiked. ".

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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