Thursday, January 6, 2011
The skies were very grey and it was about 1:30 in the afternoon ...I remember that the wind was howling above us through the very tall trees many of which are very large very old oaks ... Along with the pines that whistled through the valley as we hiked under their canopy along the now swollen Pine Creek ...About half way down the trail you begin to see some beautiful views of the tall rocky peaks standing tall above the trees ... Some of them shoot straight up from the valley floor giving the illusion that they are much more giant than they are ... That is why this trail is called The Little Yosemite Trail ... Correctly named for it's small scale likeness ... At this point along the trail however , the rain did pick up quite a bit and we both put on our ponchos ... It was so beautiful out though that we kept on going along the trail finally ending up at the Mt.Diablo State park entrance way out on the East Bay Parks borders ... That is when we had a Ranger who had passed us earlier on the trail in his off road vehicle stop on his way back in and offer us a ride which we gracious;y excepted ... And as I said before , he gave us a ride all the way back to our vehicle out in the parking lot which was very far from the state parks border ... We enjoyed this winters stormy hike so much that we allowed it to inspire us to go ahead and head on up to strawberry that weekend for some serious family Snow Days ! Which you can clik HERE to see as well ...
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Ok Folks , Here we go ! Our first entry of the new year ......For those of you that have never been to the top of Mt. Diablo here are some shots that attempt to show you the vast views you can expect to see from the top... As you can see from this shot here , you don't really even need to get out of the car to enjoy the views though I really recommend that you do ...It has been said that More territory can be seen in a 360 degree radius from only one other peak on the planet ... Making Mt.Diablo
Monday, January 3, 2011
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
What is that line made of ?
This post was sent to Smokeys Mountain by Ed Birsan ... Local candidate for Concord City Council
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
I actually found one of these guys inside my house last week. I was opening the blinds on the backdoor and he was on the blinds. He flew into my face and startled me pretty good. Though these guys are quite large thankfully they are harmless to us...when they fly , a large 1 is like a softball size. very startling at 6 am. lol..
Monday, August 30, 2010
Last week I stayed at Herringtons Sierra Pines in Sierra City... This place is a great mountain getaway spot for families and also couples ... We actually spent part of our honeymoon here ... The restaurant there serves one of the best Filet Mignon plates that I have ever had ... This year we stayed in the Pond level cabin which is across the Lawn from the Trout Pond which also has two fountains flowing in the middle of it ... This room is unique because of its views ... The front door looks out across the trout pond and right up from the base of the the Sierra Buttes ...Here is a shot of the view out the front door...
The back patio deck looks out over the Yuba River which is very pretty and there is a big waterfall that flows down the mountainside into the river right across the ravine ...Here are a couple of shots showing the river out back of the resort ...
There are many many trout in the pond out front at Herringtons ... This pond is a pay pond and you pay by the size of the fish you catch ... No fish exceeds $20 but that is for a Salmon sized one ...If you have a kid or kids that have never caught a fish then this place is for you ! They will not leave this experience empty handed ...Or Even if you are an adult who has never experienced the feeling of fighting a nice big fresh Rainbow Trout on the end of your line you will definitely enjoy this place ...
Some of the fish in this pond are huge ! All of the fish in this pond are Rainbows and they are beautiful fresh mountain trout !
I myself do not fish in this pond but if the kids haven't caught anything in the lakes and streams by the time we leave we always let em fish here for that guaranteed lunker ...Here is a quick video showing me getting some fish food from the dispenser there and feeding the trout...This year at Herringtons was special for us in many ways but one thing that we will always remember was that this year our little girl caught her first fishy and she is only two... She pulled and pulled and reeled and reeled saying fishy fishy the whole time ! It was a fifteen inch Rainbow Trout that we ate the next night ... What a great memory ! Herringtons Sierra Pines Resort and Trout Pond is not open in the Winter so if this looks like fun you better get yourself up there soon ! Here is their link Herringtons Sierra Pines
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Thursday, August 12, 2010
pool is open between 11 am and 6 pm Thursday through Sunday ... The barbecue areas are very well placed by the pool area and throughout the park...There are also some very clean restrooms equipped with hot showers right by the pool ... My kids love picnicking at Castle Rock and as I said I love how it feels like you are out in the woods while you swim a bit ...The trail head that actually does go way back into the woods however is just past the pool and I have enjoyed hiking it many times but I myself prefer to hike it in the Winter and Spring months when everything is so green and the now dry waters of Pine Creek flow like a small river ...
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Last Easter I decided to put four chickens in my backyard ... I went over to Rhodies Feed Store out in Clayton on marsh creek road and bought some chicks ... Two of them were Leghorns which are the little cute yellow chicks that grow up to be the white chickens ...