This is a quote from "Hillel the Elder" from the first century. (I thought I was so original!)

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Preparation (physical)

Once our papers were in we (Kristi) decided it was time to get in shape for whatever assignment we were given.  We (Kristi) decided we could do the "East Bay Regional Park Challenge".  This meant that we would visit many of the local parks and hike.  I must admit that it was absolutely beautiful to be in the California hills among the wildlife and spring flowers.   The hikes were about five to seven miles each.

Tilden Park has great views and miles of trails

We hiked up to the top of the ridge around the Black Diamond Mines

 This is above Round Valley behind Mt. Diablo where many Native Americans once lived.
I would have been very happy to stay in that valley by the creek and watch the wildlife.

Blue Bellied Lizard or California Fence Lizard - They are everywhere.