There is something we can do about it: go outside. Nature provides all kinds of healing benefits. Read this study from Stanford. And this in the New York Times. There are more studies I could share, but I hope you get the point.
You're invited! On Sunday, November 13, 2016 at 11am we're going to the north side of Mount Diablo for a 3 mile loop along creeks, through oak trees, and in big wide open spaces.
Will you join us? All are invited including your friends, classmates, family, and colleagues. I'm asking for RSVPs for the first time in 7 years. I want a sense for how many people will be there (leading 10 people is way different than 50 people), and how old the kids are (leading 3 year olds is way different than 10 year olds).
Please RSVP here
We will meet at the Falls Hike Trailhead which is at the end of Regency Ave in Clayton. See the map here. Park on the street and meet us at the trailhead. We will walk a clockwise loop up the Donner Canyon Road, up the hill on Donner Cabin Trail to Tick Wood Trail, and then turn right to walk down the Back Creek Trail. There's a short hill, but otherwise this is a pretty mellow 3mile walk.
Bring lunch, snacks (regardless if they're 3 or 10 years old, kids are always hike more happily if they have a snack), and water. We'll have lunch either at Donner Cabin or up in the oak trees on the ridge between the two creeks.
If you have little, little kids:
- There's a great option of walking up to the Donner Cabin and back. It's 2 miles round trip, and easy.
- The Donner Canyon Road and Back Creek Trail are both fire roads and okay for off-road strollers. The Donner Cabin Trail and Tick Wood trails are single track and not suitable for strollers.
I will post a hand-drawn map of our route here on the website later this week. Print and bring it with you. Or save it to your phone (coverage is decent).
Hope to see you outside. It will be good for us all.
Please RSVP today