Hike 7 – A Desperate Hike, September 5, 2009
It was a frenzied Friday night. The busy Labor Day Weekend was upon us and I was already one week behind on my hikes. Besides, I had not planned on hiking this weekend either. The calendar however delivered a mighty blow that evening. I realized that we were going to be very busy with visitors, travel, wedding, concerts, events, etc. throughout September and October.
If I was careless, I could fall so far behind that there would be no way for me to hike 52 times within the prescribed twelve months. So I had to hike this Saturday. Given our tight schedule and the amount of driving I would be doing this weekend, I had no option but to keep this hike short and close to home. This was a desperate hike.
It took me about an hour to route a trail and download some maps. I was not enthused at the prospect of yet another hike in the East Bay. The parched hills dehydrated by an overzealous sun were depleting my eagerness too. I was starting to feel handcuffed, like I’d been hiking the same trail repeatedly for the last few weeks. I needed a change of scenery; something green, blue, steep, or flat. Anything but the same brown tinderbox hills.