Briones Regional Park - November 2020

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On Veterans' Day, nine of us had an enjoyable walk at Briones Regional Park, one of the East Bay Regional Park District's largest parks. Briones RP is just west of the city of Concord, Ca. 

This is a popular multi-use place with a lot of roads & trails, and many access points. We headed out from the Alhambra Creek Staging Area and stopped for a group photo in an old walnut orchard.  

left to right are Bonnie, Rich, Jean, Barb, Raj, me, Kim, John, and Surgit

Rich's handout said this is an "area of deep wooded canyons, forested slopes, Oak savannas, and open grassy ridges". 

Out on the walk, we had a gradual uphill on the first half of the hike, when it was cool, and skies were overcast.  It is amazing how dull the dried out grass looks in such grey light.     

note - you can enlarge any part of a picture by left-clicking in and then out again. 

warming up Surgit at a  Buckeye tree   Barb G.
  John & Kim uphill on a flat light day mountain biker  
roads & trails all over the place Bonnie, see note        

Long-time hiker Bonnie announced told me that she might move to Colorado Springs, when she retires from the Sacramento Airport Ops group in about 18 months (in Spring '22).   

The group stopped for lunch not far from Briones Peak. Due to hazy air, you could barely make out Mt. Diablo, maybe ten miles to the south. 

After lunch, on the way back, we had a sometimes grueling roller coaster kind of walk, with surprisingly steep uphill & downhill sections.  It was challenging, aerobic, & scenic. 

During the last hour of the walk, sunlight emerged & lit up the place.    

lunch stop start of the return trip uhh.... Bonnie
  Jean Mt. Diablo barely there in the background Rich
  nice to see some sunshine   Raj
  all downhill from here...   Surgit & Raj
    afternoon light the way home    
Pistache tree at Davis park & ride            

After a good hike, it is always a relief to return to the cars & de-mobe. This was a good workout for flat-landers, about 5 miles round trip with around 1,000 ft. of gain/loss.  

The last photo was taken at sunset at the park-n-ride at Mace Blvd., in Davis, Ca.  Sorry if it's a bit out of focus.

My thanks to Rich & Bonnie for facilitating this terrific hike, another great mental health day out. 

I certainly enjoyed riding in Rich's all-electric Kia Kona, with a great suspension, a ton of acceleration, and, a quiet ride.  It's a new age of autos coming, or already arrived !   

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cameras - I used a Canon G16 & T6i w/wide-angle lens, all hand held.