Monday, December 15, 2014

The Calm Before the Storm

The day before the storm hit last week, I was able to get out on the mountain. Two of my favorite trails on a foggy day are Back Creek and Tickwood.
I'll let the pictures show you why-

 A favorite spot of mine, so you get to see it twice. The creek up Back Creek is flowing!Above, it's to the right of the stairs.

 I did not filter/edit/enhance the color of those ferns, they are that brilliant in real life.

 This stretch was as quiet and still as it looks. Not eerie, just really calm and quiet, no birds or anything.
 This stretch I could hear the creek the entire time, about 1.5 miles worth of creek side running. I've waited a long time for that!! (nearly 2 years w/o water in it). This was the day before the storm, I'm heading up after I post this to see it today, I'm betting it's even louder/fuller.

 I wish each and every one of you could have been on the trail with me to see this in person, but it was just so pretty! The creek winds through the woods right here, and being above it, you can see it twisting and turning it's way down the mountain next to the trail. So pretty, and hearing the water is quite nice, too!
 This is at the old Donner Cabin site, the cabin is no longer standing, just some ruins left, but this would have been right in their front/back yard, depending which way the cabin faced when it was standing.  How pretty to have next to your house, no??

 Confession time: while I love trail runners and people who love the mountain as much as I do....I love when a trail that is a regular trail for me, isn't the regular route most people take.  See above. Most trails like this that grow over with grass have a path worn into them, a clear route that most people take, wears down to a single track trail through the grass.  Or, as you can see in the first picture in this post, they turn into a churned up mess. 'My' a road less traveled. I think 2 bikes and one hiker had been on it recently...and that's it.

 Mitchell Rock above, peeking out of the clouds.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Mt. Diablo Geocaching

Last weekend the family spent a few hours on the mountain geocaching. It was one of those beautifully cloudy days.  Of course I prefer beautiful blue skies, but sometimes clouds are amazingly beautiful!  We found all but one of the caches Emma wanted to find, but I'll try not to post any pics (except for one) that give the locations away.  Here's some (I normally say a few, but there's a lot in this post) pictures -
 This is a cache the kids and I had already found, but we thought it would be fun to watch Brian try to find it. The clue is basically "it's under a rock". 

 We haven't been seeing much water in these parts, so Sophie was amazed to find this puddle in the top of a rock.
 Above, just passed the picnic tables you can see the top of the tree the family is digging around in looking for a cache.

 This is looking at the ridge that Wall Rd runs the top of, and a nice view of the top of BBQ Terrace trail as it heads down into the valley.
 And below, those rocks that look so little, those are the rocks of Castle Rock Park.
 Our little silver van parked at Diablo Valley Overlook, aka Juniper Campground parking lot.

 There's a treasure hidden in there!
 And in there, and this is the one I'm going to give away the location of, just because it's amazing once you get into geocaching to realize how many you walk, run, and drive by everyday. They are really hidden everywhere!
 It's magnetic, and stuck between the sign and the post.
 That's Brian and the kids hunting up on the ridge. The did indeed find a cache up there.
 A cool cache find for Sophie.
 This one was near the summit.....somewhere.

 It had this cool coin in it, we think it's Greek?? It's still there if you want to find it, we didn't take it.

 The Bay.

 Below, by the time we headed down, the fog and clouds were rolling in. It's always special to be up there when the clouds come in, it feels like you're being swallowed up by nature.

 Above, Brian spotted these deer, and below, he spotted them while driving from that far away.
 One lonely turkey.
Such a fun, free afternoon!!