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Date Sent:      May 05, 2010
Subject:           Catching up on Past Hikes
From:               John Bondon
Catching up on some of the past reports from the field of recent hikes:

Howard says of the April 15th Rocky Ridge hike:
    There were 17 hikers and one dog on our Las Trampas Rocky Ridge hike last Thursday. The weather was warm and pleasant and we were surprised and pleased that we did not encounter any mud on the Ridge top trail. While not quite 5-miles long, the elevation gain of over 1000 feet provided a good workout for all. Hiking is a good way to commune with Nature, socialize with others, and maintain a youthful body and mental attitude.
Andrew reports of the April 18th Del Valle hike:
    22 hikers and about 4 happy dogs. The day was sunny and warm. DuBose confirmed it was a golden eagle we saw. She had binoculars. Made my day. Have to go back there. They were nesting on the opposite side of the lake at our turnaround point. We had a very friendly group. A good way to make new friends.
Meanwhile, Howard reports of the April 22nd Shell Ridge hike:
    There were 12 hikers and four dogs on our Shell Ridge to Borges Ranch loop hike on Thursday. Great hiking weather, although there was some sticky mud on the Briones Mt Diablo trail. Surprisingly, the Ridge Top and Indian Creek trails were much drier.
And remember the Apil 25th hike to the Mount Diablo Summit? Wondering how it went? How many people made it to the top? Here's Andrew with some answers:
    We had 26 hikers on a beautiful sunny day. We all made the Summit and returned. 15 miles and 3,300 ft of elevation gain. I think the plan worked. It was the first Summit for almost all the hikers. Flying bugs were fierce at the Summit. Pollen was very high everywhere. A happy day for us hike leaders and the hikers.

Now a look ahead to the hikes that are upcoming, by the hike leader(s):

Howard says of the upcoming Las Trampas hike on Thursday, May 6 at 9:30 AM: "A Las Trampas loop hike that takes us to the Ridge Trail and partway down towards Danville.".

Andrew says of the upcoming Briones Reservoir Overlook hike hike on Sunday, May 9 at 9:30 AM: "Watch out for the wild turkeys. They think this is their park.".

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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