At 9am after waking up a bit late I set out on the hour drive to Mt. Diablo from my house with summit aspirations. To my surprise, the rangers had closed the south gate in Danville and without parking I had to drive around for another hour before I found the north gate. At 11am I finally hit the trail more than 9 miles from the summit. I blew through the crowds quickly along the 3 miles of road it takes to reach a trailhead. The last hiker I met on the entire climb would be just a couple miles into it. She had followed the road to the Angel Kieley Rd. trailhead and turned around. She had been laid off a few months ago and was out hiking with her adorable little dog.
The first leg of trail hiking was in the lowlands below Diablo, I had to have hiked at least 2 miles on the road before I reached Little Pine Creek Rd. which would I would advise any hiker to avoid. The views of Diablo were very nice but it added time to my hike and was muddy. I had at least 2 inches of mud caked to the bottom my my boot by the time I got off the muddy sections.
Angel Kieley Rd. soars right up a pair of thigh-burning hills. Besides the summit push this was the toughest part of my hike. Already almost 1pm, and realizing my hopes to reach the summit were dim, my resolve was tested.
I could not be more impressed by this...
All this on my very last day of unemployment! That's right. As of today, Tuesday Dec, 8th, 2009 I have a part-time job. Along with my unpaid internship I now work full time. I still don't feel like my funemployment is over. Not until I have one full time job anyway.