Mount Diablo Nature Walk
I'm a firm believer in nature's ability to restore a sense of calm in a busy mind. All too often I find myself glued to the digital world. After all, my job has me working on a computer 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. So, I thought a Sunday hike was certainly in order. Since I live in the East Bay, I decided Mount Diablo's popular peaks and troughs would serve all the nature feels. The cool thing about Mount Diablo is that there are so many diverse terrains peppered throughout the regional park -- there are rocky cave-like dwellings, green grasslands, and rolling golden hills. Without a second thought, I hopped in my car and drove through the valley of Alamo to check out the Diablo Foothills Regional Park. It was a sunny morning without a wispy, white cloud in sight. The trail started out steep, but it was peaceful and crowd-free. I savored the sounds of chirping crickets, chipper birds, and the crunch of loose dirt beneath my shoes. At the top of each hill I had to turn around to take in the view of the vibrant green grass and electric blue sky. If you're in the mood for a break from the hustle of everyday life, I recommend walking along the Diablo Foothills Regional trail. If my words aren't enough to persuade you, here is a beautiful shot of a lone tree that caught my eye during the walk. No filter or retouching necessary.