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Date Sent:      July 06, 2010
Subject:           A Tale of Thursdays
From:               John Bondon
Howard reports of last Thursday's hike:

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    There were 16 hikers and one dog on our 6/24 Tassajara Ridge hike. We had good hiking weather with warm temperatures, some clouds, and a cooling wind, although the trailhead was quite close to a controlled burn at Camp Parks. The 6+ mile hike turned out to be an 8 mile hike with about 1050 feet elevation gain. An enjoyable hike that seemed easier than the actual statistics indicated.


Shell Ridge Hike - Click the picture for LARGER view Shell Ridge Hike - Click the picture for LARGER view And about the previous Thursday hike, Howard writes:

    There were 16 hikers and two dogs on our Thursday Shell Ridge to Borges Ranch loop hike. We hiked on the edge of the burned area via the Briones-Mt Diablo and Ginder Gap trails. The area north of the trail was burned all the way to the ridge top. Some of the trees appeared to be distressed, but hopefully will recover. And the grass area should be green again after next seasons rains. The burned area was devoid of wild life and we found a couple of burned, dead snakes on the trail. Apparently they escaped the burned area and got to the trail but were too badly injured to survive. The weather was pleasant, sunny with a cooling breeze, a good day for hiking with the additional opportunity to check the fire damage in Shell Ridge..


Shell Ridge Hike - Click the picture for LARGER view Shell Ridge Hike - Click the picture for LARGER view Finally, regarding the most recent July 1st, Thursday hike, Howard writes:

    There were 23 hikers on our 4 1/2 mile loop hike to Las Trampas Peak, including three youngsters who kept up with the fastest of the group. We were happy to observe many sticky monkey flowers and even a few mariposa lilies on the trails. The weather was excellent for hiking, warm with a cooling breeze.


Shell Ridge Hike - Click the picture for LARGER view Shell Ridge Hike - Click the picture for LARGER view The photos included in this email are from the June 17th hike to Shell Ridge in Walnut Creek right after the grass fire and are courtesy of Mars. View them in their entirety online at http://hiking.bondon.com/pictures/ShellRidgeHike/. Special thanks to Mars for sharing!



Happy Trails,

John




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