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Date Sent:      July 13, 2010
Subject:           Giving Back
From:               John Bondon

Giving Back - Click the picture for LARGER view Giving Back - Click the picture for LARGER view I think we are very fortunate to live and play in the Bay Area. Yes it's an expensive place to live, compared to the rest of the nation, but honestly, our region has so much to offer, it's hard for me to imagine living anywhere else. Be it the variety of climates, terrain, culture, and, of course, open space. If you don't venture outside of the Bay Area it is easy to take what we have for granted. And far too easy for us to assume that every other region has what we have.

But as much as we have, it takes proper care and feeding to preserve and maintain it all. It may surprise you to learn that the Park Districts don't have the manpower or resources to do it all themselves. Two notable volunteer groups come to mind in the endeaver to help out. One of those groups is the East Bay Trail Dogs. We were fortunate to be offered a special preview hike about 3 years ago by the Trail Dogs to introduce us to a new trail they had been working on, and to introduce us to the very important work that they do. Our very own Andrew joined them for a few projects after that and had this to say of his experiences:

    I spent many hours with them. I spent a tough afternoon on the infamous Sycamore trail. It is Very Hard work and it is not easy to get there.
The Trail Dogs have a maintenance project coming up next Tuesday morning, July 20th at 9AM for anyone who is interested in helping out. They will be tackling Acalanes Ridge, part of the Walnut Creek Open Space. Visit their website at for more information.

Giving Back - Click the picture for LARGER view Giving Back - Click the picture for LARGER view Another group that performs this type of work not only here in the East Bay, but in other parts of the state as well, is Volunteers for Outdoor California. They will be tackling the Sycamore Trail at Las Trampas in San Ramon the weekend of July 23-25. But unlike other service groups, VOC turns this into a full work by day / camp overnight experience. You might even bring the whole family (14 years of age and older) to help out! Las Trampas walkins are welcome but for better planning by the event organizers, pre-registration is appreciated and preferred. For more information visit their website at

Happy Trails,


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