The summer scene

The official start of summer is almost three weeks away but you couldn’t tell that on the trail this weekend. The summer heat has already reached the twists and turns on the trail… Continue reading

Cardinal direction

Things have been dark for me lately.  A family crisis has dominated my thoughts the last few weeks and with all the pressures of work and life I needed a break from the routine. I needed… Continue reading

Looking out

Two months ago standing atop the summit of Mount Diablo State Park I was tired after my climb up three three of the park’s four tallest peaks. It was quite the accomplishment I thought… Continue reading

The middle ground

One of the best things about hiking are the rules, there aren’t any.  You can make a hike as long or as short as you like. After missing a week on the trail… Continue reading

The mystique of the mountain

Several years ago I made my first hike at Mount Diablo State Park.  With just a point shoot I went on a walk around the summit on the Fire Interpretive Trail.  Think of it as… Continue reading

Knight skies

Just when I thought all the budget cuts for military airshow performances had ended I read they had extended to the United States Army  as well, clipping the wings of the Golden Knights Parachute Team.… Continue reading

An echo of thunder

Just as the Navy Blue Angels were forced to cancel the remiander of the 2013 airshow season the same fate befell the United States Air Force Thunderbirds Air Demonstration Team.  They also announced… Continue reading

Blue memories

In a press release issued by the Commander Naval Air Forces the United States Navy Air Demonstration team Blue Angles cancelled the remainder of the 2013 season citing budget constraints. The team of… Continue reading

The great wide open

When the walls begin to close in a little too tight I always head for the hills and a hike on a remote trail. Hiking has become the glue that holds my sanity… Continue reading

The climb

I was sitting on the top of Mount Diablo’s Eagle Peak on Saturday looking across the canyon to my next destination.  Off in the distance Diablo’s North Peak and Summit waited under the… Continue reading