January 1, 2009

The announcement

As always, we begin the year with First Hike! Yea!

After gaming ourselves silly at Joanne’s on New Years Eve, we’ll leave at 10 instead of the usual 9 and travel to Monte Bello Open Space. We start the hike around 10:45. We’ll trudge up to the dragon bones at the top of Black Mountain, the highest mountain locally. At the top, we will pop some champagne, share some bread (well, whatever goodies people bring), and stand upon the spine of the earth, let out a primal scream, curse the darkness and warn the evil spirits to find easier prey next year.

Plan on about 2.5 to 3 hours for the hike. Be prepared for wide variation in the weather, especially cold and wind, and for possible heavy mud along parts of the trail.

The hike
My pictures can be found here

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