16 Miles

I flew back yesterday to the bay area to see my cousin’s graduation.  Of course, the ceremony is on Sunday, which left Saturday free for a day hike.  So I was up at 6:00AM and off to the carpool at Page Mill Rd.  The forecast was rather dire – high of 105 degrees in Portola Valley – but we decided to give it a shot anyway.  There was a good crowd at the carpool spot.

Route was mainly in Corte Madera open space.  Nominally we were following directions left by Charlie, but in spite of Francoise’s best efforts, we managed to deviate fairly significantly.  We did keep to the trees though, which was the important part, so even when the temperature reached into the high 80s in the afternoon, it wasn’t unbearable.  The last ascent to the parking was fairly brutal though.  After four weeks of no hikes, even sixteen miles feels like a lot.

It was particularly good to see some of the folks I missed on my May visit.  Looking forward to resuming the Saturday hike routine again.  In California.

Of course, when we got home, I discovered the rear window wouldn’t roll back up (it was down to cool off the car).  Can’t even pull it up manually (it’s all the way down).  Bugger.

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