I set off to explore several parks in the Bay Area and beyond. I spent a few hours on the trails at Wunderlich Park. The greenery and shade were nice companions.
Next I drove partway up Mount Diablo and got out to finish the climb on foot. Check out the giant pine cone!
The view from the trail:
Site of a previous mountain house:
Site of a previous fire:
And the top! It was a good solid climb to break up a drive out to Auburn.
Lovely views from up high:
The Mount Diablo Beacon:
I spent the weekend in the Foresthill area, mostly running down into canyons to find rivers at the bottom and then speed-hiking back up.
Kids don't float! Wait, they don't?
One of the steep roads up from a branch of the American River:
Another branch, another drop down:
I believe this is (or is close to) the site of the Western States 100 river crossing:
Fun exploring the Western States Trail:
Another day, another trail down to the river. My biggest training day to date was repeats on the Mumford Bar Trail. I finally located some winter snow. I can't say I'm missing the current conditions in Albany...
This was mostly to show the large tree, but some vegetation got in the way. Yes, I got closer to Barkley-specific training that day.
Looking toward the other side of the deep canyon:
Phew, that wore me out a little! So far, so good.