So here we are, all set to strike out Fal-Da-Re, Fal-Da-Rah (Charlie was in the stroller at the time):
Anyway, continuing onward and upward. . . . Charlie took a hiking stick:
I got them to pose with Mt. Diablo way off in the background (and asked Jimbo "Which one of the those two peaks is Mt. Diablo? To which he replied "Both.")
We stopped along the way to watch a Union Pacific freight train go by down below. . .
Found an interesting yellow tree. James said it is an acacia tree.
and we reversed direction. And James soon after that found a live critter. . .
I thought this photo would turn out nice. In reality it was really really nice, but with the sun glare it just isn't as nice as the real thing was:
Got back to my place at 4pm and had that chili dinner (yum!) and Jimbo, Barbara and Elijah went for a swim in my hot tub and pool after which we had some frozen yogurt and fruit. All-in-all, a very nice day!
Realized after this hike that there's yet a third hiking trail in the area, that runs up to the top of the hills. I'm saving that one for another time, tho.