What 0.81 miles looks like

0.81 miles.  That's how far the map says we went.  The grown-ups probably went 1.0 when you include some short side trips.  The kids, though.  They easily went 3-4 miles in the 3 hours we spent at Black Diamond Mines.

Their legs were in constant motion.  There were huge mounds of sandy dirt to climb.  Little paths between the manzanitas and sage bushes.  There were tunnels and caves.  Huge sandstone rocks to climb up, and then slide down.

I was a little bummed to know that the Greathouse Visitor Center is closed (scheduled to reopen in March!).  But there was plenty to do without it.  

Yesterday we went on our first Outside Kids outing of 2012.  And we didn't go far, but the kids had a lot of fun.  And I'm pretty sure that the grown-ups liked it too.

About it: 
  • Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve official website
  • How to get there - it's about 50 minutes from Berkeley by car.  For the bikers out there, you can take BART to Bay Point and ride 14 miles to the park. 
  • We walked from the parking lot at the end of Somerville Road up to the Hazel Atlas Portal, Powder Magazine and Stope (Numbers 5, 6 and 7 on the park's map).  We're still wondering what a Stope is.

Our next outing will be March 18.  More details on that later.

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