Wednesday April 12
Black Diamond Trail north from Cass ParkI was reluctant to schedule a hike on this new trail, which opened with some fanfare in January after years in the works — I thought it would be too tame for our group
(Want to see what Norm was photographing?)
The only good thing I can find to say about the power line poles is that they make a dramatic gateway to the attractive part of this trail. If you want to try this walk, start further out of town and avoid the beginning.
Saturday April 15
Roy H Park Preserve into Hammond Hill SF, Dryden
Official head count: 20H, three D
Mysterious animal sighting:
After we got home from the hike, I got this e-mail from Annie:
Hi! I had an interesting adventure this morning at the tail end of the hike that I thought you’d be interested in.
As usual, I found myself at the end of the group, taking photos. I eventually caught up to Brenda and Eckhart and their dogs, but they were slowed down by over enthusiastic pups racing after each other so I decided to pass them so my sister (always with the head of the pack) wouldn’t worry about where I was.
Eventually I was walking solo when, suddenly ahead of me, I saw a large, dark brown furry mammal leap across the trail and bound into the woods. It was too fast for me to get my camera in place but I’m sure it was a bear. My first thought was that I was glad the three dogs were not there and my second thought was that I didn’t want to be alone! I continued to walk slowly enough for Brenda and Eckhart to catch up and hear my tale.
Margaret was worried about me and called to find out how I was doing and was pretty astounded to hear the story. I regret that I didn’t capture this with my camera but I don’t regret not being a hungry bear’s breakfast!
Then, later in the afternoon, I got this e-mail from Bad Dennis:
Saw this on way back from “Park’s Preserve” walk:
Fisher cat. It was cautious of me but not fearful–about 50 yards away down hill to side from me.
Sunday April 16
Bald Hill Road to The Pinnacles, Danby SF
Get-together right afterwards at Hobit’s
It was warm bordering on hot in the last stretch of our walk, but it was breezy and very pleasant at Hobit’s — nice lazy vibe
I was happy to catch up with Hobit’s 16-year-old son Jake — maybe you remember he’s into tumbling — this time I used the burst mode on my camera in hopes I could follow his trajectory on a running leap and flip