Wow, that was a long long hike! Sorry for not reminding
everyone to stretch throughout the hike and at the end.
I'm aching a bit as I write this. Had I known a good
portion of the trails had loose gravel, I would've forced
myself to get that pair of new hiking shoes so there
would be thicker sole at the bottom
I had stated that the hike would be about 20 miles.
To be honest, I stopped counting after I got to 20,
didn't want to scare folks away. So, if we had gone
according to the planned paths, it would've been 23
miles or so. But I figured we'd probably hike a little
different from the plan, which is what happened.
So, despite skipping a few segments of the planned
path, from an initial calculation, we still hiked at
least 21 miles! We covered 4 parks: Wilder Ranch, UCSC,
Pogonip, and Henry Cowell. I'm very proud of everyone
for enduring this shortened marathon!
*We saw lizards, a coyote, 2 bob-cats, hawks, a family
of wild turkeys, and a family of deer. Also saw lots
* We crossed the San Lorenzo river twice. The location
at which we crossed the first time had water a little
higher than knee level. The second time we crossed near
the Big Rock Hole and didn't have to use sandals.
* 8 people went on the hike - all were on-time!
* 8 went to dinner afterwards in Sunnyvale