The weather was amazing, so we decided to walk from our house to the trail head. This seemed like a wonderful idea on the way there, but not so much on the way back!
Here's the start of the trail.
You'll note it is only 3/4 of a mile to the top, but because it is ALL uphill and we walked a mile or so to the trail, it felt like FOREVER.
The views of the surrounding hills and the lake were beautiful. I can't believe this is in the town where we live. You wouldn't know it from just driving through. We also met lots of other pups on our walk. It seems that this trail is very popular with dog owners!
And because it was such a sparkly day, we could see all the surrounding cities easily, including SF and Oakland. (Sorry for the bad second picture! It really looked a lot better in person. I just wanted to prove that we could in fact see SF!)
|I swear all those big building in the background are in SF. :-)|
Once at the top we entered the grove of trees - each tree commemorating the life of a child in Alameda County who was a victim of violence.
There is also an actual memorial, with plaques listing the names of each of these children. It is really sad to see all of the children whose lives have been cut short by violence. They were of all ages, from infants to teenagers.
The way back was so much easier! Everyone, including Rusty, was tired, so we leisurely made our way back home. There was one split second where I thought of calling my parents to pick us up because I was lazy to finish the walk back, but then I figured the exercise was good for me.
We plan on inviting some friends who have dog children to walk this trail in the spring and bring a picnic lunch to have at the top.
The Hubs and I often forget that the Lake Chabot area is one that people drive from outside the area to explore. We live so close and have never even made it around the lake! We'll definitely be taking advantage of this area this spring, as it is so nice to feel like you are getting away but still are so close to home!
Anyone else have a wide range of activities near their home that they don't fully take advantage of?