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Creek Running North
November 26, 2004
Thirteen and a half miles up and back down Diablo today, and 4143 feet total climb. About six hours, including an hour or so of loafing. What was dry soil a month ago is carpeted with verdant green: rye and oat, filaree, miner's lettuce. I struggled up the end of Mitchell Canyon, trudged out onto the shoulder of Moses Rock Ridge, fell footsore to the summit and then retraced my steps to the truck.
I need to spend a day in the company of the manzanita at Deer Flat. I need to climb again in a month, when the manzanitas and the ceanothus bloom, when the calochortus poke their nodding heads through the mineral soil.
Nerd numbers: with last weekend's hike with Becky, I'm at 140 hiked miles since September, making this by far my trailiest year ever. Pathetic when you think about it. I plan to walk that far in April 2005 on the Mojave Road.