I’ve done a couple of great day hikes in the past few weekends. Mount Diablo near Walnut Creek, and Bassi Falls up off Highway 50 past Pollock Pines.
Round One: Mount Diablo. Connor did so well on the hike. We hiked about two miles, roundtrip, with a nearly 1000-foot vertical gain. It was a beautiful day – blue sky and breezy. Lots of people driving around in their convertibles. At the trailhead, we saw this little guy getting a drink out of the faucet. Didn’t even flinch when we walked up to take a picture. Animals that aren’t scared of people = slightly creepy. (Still cute though.)
When we got to the top, we could see the whole valley. A little hazy – but still pretty cool.
Round Two: Bassi Falls. WHAT a FUN trip. Oh wow – we had a great time. We went with some friends, and Connor got to hike with the boys. He LOVED it.
It’s an amazing place. The water comes crashing out of the mountain, onto some enormous boulders, then filters down in streams and rivulets over a wide swath of flat granite and trees.
Origin of the falls:
View from the other direction:
Connor brought his Pokemon toys – and played in the little streams while the bigger kids climbed up to the top. Then the boys made little boats out of duct tape and pulled them along with strings in the water. It was great – almost like we borrowed some older brothers for him. Sometimes I feel like he’s missing out, not having siblings… but not this weekend. Nope. This weekend, he wasn’t missing anything at all.