Mark Gritter (markgritter) wrote,
Mark Gritter
markgritter

Mount Diablo's Still There

I took my trip to Mount Diablo today. The weather was wonderful and the sky was fairly clear. I had no difficulty seeing the Golden Gate Bridge from the peak. I am used to coming in from the north gate and leaving through the south gate, but this time I got to see the reverse of all the usual scenery.

I really hadn't appreciated how much easier the circular trail around the peak is, compared to all the other options. I went down the first stretch of the Summit Trail to start, but found that going back up was much, much harder than going down. This could not, of course, have anything to do with the fact that I am out of shape.

I was pleasantly surprised to see a fair variety of wildflowers left, but I'd be hard-pressed to identify any of them. I'm not even sure I'd seen these particular ones on previous trips. Reds and yellows and purples and even something with dandelion-like puffballs.

I went to Walnut Creek for dinner, and ate at Lark Creek which was good as usual (but unfortunately none of their desserts spoke to me.) However, I was somewhat saddened that the shopping center there has become more boring, with no used bookstore, no Ghirardelli, and really very little for somebody not buying clothes. There was a wine-accessory store with racks and glasses and such but even that was closed by the time I got to it.
Tags: california, travel
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