This was probably going to be my last hike for this project in the East Bay hills. With rising temperatures and the hills turning brown, soon I might not enjoy hiking here. That thought brought a temporary cloud of gloom.
I was however getting tired of seeing familiar landscapes and that had left me uninspired to take too many photographs. The ones I was taking were similar to ones I had taken before. A change would be good.
The good news was that soon I’d be hiking along the ocean, bay or in the city. Besides, I only had nine more hikes to go for this project and then I could move on to other things. My heart skipped like a pebble on a pond.
On most days, I would not bother with a short 5.7 mile hike. But today was different because I was going to complete the Diablo Trail. Excitedly, I pulled up at the trailhead for the Highland Trail in Morgan Territory Regional Preserve along the Morgan Territory road. The time was shortly after 7:30 AM and the temperature was 46 degrees.
I figured it would take about two hours to complete this. Total climb would be around 700 feet. With such an early start, I would be home in no time and have the rest of the day to fritter away. The first mile of the hike had some climbing to it but beyond that everything was going to be easy.