Happy New Year 2019

7:12 p.m. on January 1, 2019 (EST)
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Barbara and I made our more or less traditional New Year's day hike to the top of Black Mountain (near Palo Alto California), along with many other locals.

The forecast was for high winds (supposedly 10-15 mph) and low temperatures, followed by rain later in the day. The changes in climate are very visible.

There are several ways of getting to the summit of Black Mountain, within Monte Bello Open Space Reserve, ranging from trails to driving up a road that has a parking area that sits on top of the Andreas fault line (you can easily see the fault line that crossed the parking lot several years ago).

The summit is about 2812 feet (our house is at 8 feet above sea level). The most direct trail from the parking lot is 2.6 miles with trails that start not far from our home being being more in the 8-10 mile range. Topping Black Mountain is very popular.

11:04 p.m. on January 1, 2019 (EST)
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Somehow, the photo did not make it. second try.. doesn't seem to work

11:51 a.m. on January 2, 2019 (EST)
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Happy 2019, Bill! Thanks for contuing to be a great part of the community.

12:46 p.m. on January 2, 2019 (EST)
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Happy new year Bill. The photo still didn't post but I can look back to your prior years for the view  

2:31 p.m. on January 2, 2019 (EST)
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Taking some inspiration from you, Bill, my wife and I did some New Year's Day hiking ourselves. We try to explore a little bit every Jan. 1, which was easy this year, since we moved to a new area a few months ago and have a lot of new territory to explore.

Relatively warm temps (42-47F) and the lack of snow this year made it a great day to hike and test out some new gear. 

8:23 p.m. on January 3, 2019 (EST)
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Here is the picture
BlackMtn1Jan2019.jpg

9:18 p.m. on January 3, 2019 (EST)
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happly new year!!!

8:46 p.m. on January 4, 2019 (EST)
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Another version of the photo -  You can see the Pacific Ocean above my cap


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