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Lake Chabot Trip 2009

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Saturday, May 16th
Drive to campground

Originally, we were planning on doing a 3-day, 2-night trip. However, due to other commitments through early Saturday afternoon, we weren't able to start our trip until Saturday around 4pm.

We met Erin, Sebastian and their two kids at the campground, arriving just after they did. When we entered the campground, the ranger at the entrance kiosk mentioned that it would reach 100 degrees on Sunday, so we'd better be prepared!

A book I'd read made me worried that the camp sites would be small and crammed together, but I didn't find this to be the case. Perhaps it depends on which one you get. At least for us, at site 63, it was fine. I'd made reservations 12 weeks in advance, and it's a good thing I did because the campground was completely full.

It was still hot as we put up our tent and then had dinner. After dinner we took a short little walk on the Honker Bay trail. We had some nice views of Lake Chabot below, just before sunset. We turned left and descended the Columbine Trail for a short stretch before deciding that we didn't have time (or the inclination) to go all the way down to the water today. We turned around and headed back up.

View of Lake Chabot from the Honker Bay Trail

View of Lake Chabot from the Honker Bay Trail

Hiking along the Honker Bay Trail

View of Lake Chabot from the Honker Bay Trail

Back at the camp, we started a camp fire (wood is available for sale at the entrance kiosk, $6 per bundle). After s'mores, it was off to bed. This was one of the very few times we've ever slept without putting the rain fly onto the tent. It was that warm. In fact, according to my thermometer, it never got below 68 degrees inside the tent during the night. Unfortunately, spring in the East Bay is horrible for my allergies, which made it hard for me to fall asleep.


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