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Date Sent:      March 11, 2015
Subject:           Don't Always Believe What You DON'T See
From:               John Bondon
Our volunteer hike leaders usually submit their hikes on Monday or Tuesday to me. Sometimes even last minute. But either way, I always try to post them as soon as I receive them, but that is not always possible. Case in point: TODAY!

Joel submitted a hike for tomorrow and at 11:30AM I started the process of logging in to the hiking website to approve what was there. But as my days typicallly goes, I got side tracked and completely forgot about it.... until AFTER I received the Weekly RSVP Email myself!!

You see I no longer normally send out those emails by hand anymore. A few years back I completely automated the process. So now the webserver takes care of sending out that Wednesday email itself. I don't have to get involved anymore. Except, of course, with approving the proposed hikes to be posted to the website and contained in that email...

Why do I insist on an approval process? Why not just let them show up without an extra step?

Because if I did that you would be bombarded with spam. Trust me on this. You have no idea what get's submitted. Perhaps it's by robot more often than not. If someone would bother to read my instructions they would realize there is a review process. Or maybe they just think I'm bluffing about that part?

So what didn't make it on the website or your email in time for today was Joel's annoucncement about the hike he is leading tomorrow morning at 10AM at Rancho Laguna Park in Moraga. So if you're interested, check out the website for more details.

Which brings me to the moral of this little story -- when in doubt, check the website. Or said a better way, when you wake up and feel like taking a hike, check the EBCHG website. You might be surprised to discover a new hiking possibility that didn't appear in the email you received the day before! Remember the email is not the definitive word .. the website is! Find all the hike details, including directions to the trail and estimated elevatin gain and distance (when known) by clicking the name of the hike you are interested in.

Now if I can only figure out how to automate the approval process.....

Happy Trails,


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