California’s Mount Diablo State Park is open again following the Morgan fire. And I’m glad because we are eschewing soccer this fall to free up as many Saturdays as possible for day trips.
Like this one we took to Mt. Diablo in November of 2011.
It began with a drive southwest from Sacramento through the Delta region. At some point we stopped for a barge to go by, and it struck me that the barge was floating at a higher elevation than our car on the road.
Now, I’m only “from” California as of 2009, so I didn’t realize before that California even had a delta. I figured there was only one, the Mississippi (and there ain’t NO Delta Breeze on the Mississippi, unless there’s a hurricane coming, blowing clouds of mosquitoes upriver).
In the parking lot at Mt. Diablo we met lots of tired cyclists and a troop of teenage Boy Scouts who seemed peeved that their leaders had made them take the foot-powered ascent.
The visitor center has a cozy fireplace, books to read, and comfortable seating. Soooo tempting. But the kids already had their nap in the car and needed to move, so off we went on the Mary Bowerman trail, a gentle 0.7 mile loop near the summit of the mountain.
The trail is indeed gentle, with gorgeous views when not hazy (we looked down on the San Francisco Bay)–but it has a steep drop-off so we felt it was safer to keep our then-2-year-old in a toddler backpack.
And after our hike we went to a larger, mostly deserted parking area that I believe serves as the trailhead to further hiking trails…but we used it to let the kids run around some more.
And there you have it. A great day out.