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Date Sent:      January 03, 2012
Subject:           Valle Vista Times Two
From:               John Bondon
It's been awhile since I passed along some of the hiking reports I receive from our hiking leaders.  So time to do a little catch up!

Andrew reports of his New Year's Day Valle Vista to Redwood hike:

There were 32 of us and one rabbit for a beautiful hike today in Redwood today. Very sunny and cool. Ideall hiking weather. Canyon Meadow is awesome It was so nice I could have napped there. 7 of us went for coffee drinks in Moraga afterwards. I love the interaction. We talked about the Occupy movement and I learned a whole lot. Am changing my views. It doesn't get any better than this. What a great start to 2012.

Remember when it used to rain here in the Bay Area?  No really, it did!  I know December was an exceptionally dry month for us, but allow Andrew's November 20th Tilden/Wildcat hike report jog your memory:

We had 18 hikers and at least 5 kids on a rainy day. I won't sugar coat it, it was soggy. 8.25 miles and 950 feet of elevation. Our return on Havey Canyon was an adventure. It was muddy. Crossing the creek, I had to drop down to all fours. Our 8 year old found this quite difficult. Tereza and I stayed with him and his mom and made sure they returned safely to Wildcat Canyon trail. Trail Gail, after returning went back with her pickup and drove them back to the Visitors Center. The #1 priority for EBCH is to have all hikers return safely. Today reinforces my view that EBRP & EBCH embrace this. Kudos to Gail and Tereza. I will never forget this day.

Remember the Rocky Ridge at Las Trampas hike?  If you missed it, here's what went down:

We had 38 hikers on a beautiful autumn day. We would split into 2 groups. Aimee and her boys would lead about a dozen hikers to Devil's Hole and back. They descended the Sycamore trail and returned via Devil's hole trail and the Cuesta trail. We all returned safely. This is so cool to have folks capable of leading, stepping up and doing it. Kudo's to Aimee and her boys. The rest of us returned via the Elderberry trail. It was passably dry. This was the kind of day I hope for. Everything fell into place. Hikers, geocachers and kids. We must be doing something right.

And remember that Valle Vista to Redwood hike that you missed this past Sunday?  It's one of Andrew's favorite spots (and mine too!).  He led a hike  there last November 6th as well. 

We had 16 hikers on a very sunny day. A little bit of mud at the start, but the rest of the hike was dry. The redwods are awesome. You just have to experience it. 4 of us had coffee at Si Si's in Moraga after the hike. This is where you get to know your friends better.

If you've been reading my emails for awhile but have not had the courage to come out and join us for a hike yet and missed last week's email, or if you are new to the group and didn't join in time to receive my email last week, titled I Hate to Exercise!, check it out online

Happy Trails!

:) John

Happy Trails,


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