Two decades! I've been living here in the Bay Area for a total of 22 years and I just visited Mt. Diablo State Park. Better late than never. Besides I have yet to go to Alcatraz. Such is the case with the sights nearby, they always are the last to be visited.
Anyway, over the long 4th of July weekend, we finally got a chance to see the park. The annual church camping is happening at Mt. Diablo in a week and as always we went there for advance scouting of the place. With the drought, it was reported that no running water was available.
Ten dollars for entrance to the park is paid. Before we went straight to our campsite, we wanted to see the summit first. This is one of the few spots in the Bay Area that gets snow flurries in the winter time. At the top of the afternoon, we went to the summit, looked out at the observation deck at this region we call home.
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From the summit it is said that on a clear day visitors can see 35 of California's 58 counties. It is said that the view is surpassed only by that of 19,000-foot Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa. And it is also said that with binoculars, Yosemite's Half Dome is visible from Mt. Diablo.
Well, we didn't see that far. We focused on the surrounding landscape.
You can tell by the photos that it was one hot day, which was why we didn't stay long up there. We drove down to find our group campsite and found that it was true. The campsite had no running water nor bathroom, but a short drive away in another campsite is running water and flush toilets.
The brochure stated there was a place called Rock City inside the park so we checked it out.
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