Diabolical Day Trip
19 Jan 2003 - by Aaron Schuman (view roster page)
Jan 19, 2003. Kelly Maas led a trip to Mt Diablo. His entourage
consisted of Charles Schafer, Jim Welch, Jim Moore, Rod McCalley,
Kai Weidman, Cecil Anison, Liz Harvey, Dot Reilly, and your reporter,
Aaron Schuman. Our trailhead was Mitchell Canyon. Though
sunshine was forecasted, we began in a dense fog. After an
hour we popped out above the cloud tops. The rest of the day
it looked like we were on an island on a big white sea. We
could see other islands: Tamalpais, Hamilton, and Loma Prieta.
From our lunch stop at the summit, we could make out the snow
caps of the northern Sierra Nevada, although we couldn't identify
any individual peaks. We looked for Mt Lassen, where Stephane
Mouradian's party should have been summitting at that very
moment, but the day just wasn't clear enough. We had a group
picture snapped by a very 21st century 3D photographer. We're
looking forward to seeing his image through Crystal Eyes glasses.
Kelly selected a descent via the Falls Trail, which turned out
to be a stunningly beautiful walk past cascades and cold pools.
We intruded on a trailside ladybug orgy, and we saw plenty of
evidence of wild pigs.
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