My Trip to Mt. Diablo

Diablo Observatory

Sunday, I decided to drive up to Mt. Diablo, which is the highest point in the Bay Area to get some miles under my belt with the Tucson.  It’s a pretty quick drive from my house to the state park, and took about 45 minutes of driving to get to the top.  I stopped off about half-way to the top to check out Rock City, which is a collections of outcropping and wind caves.  Very picturesque and I got a ton of good pictures which I’ve put up on Flickr for folks to enjoy.  While I was in Rock City, I climbed up on a few boulders and outcroppings to get some pictures.  Coming off of one of them, I tweaked my back but it didn’t hurt immediately so I thanked my lucky stars and got back into the Tucson to drive to the top of the mountain.

It was a beautiful drive, windy roads, tons of bicyclists braving the traffic and the huge grades going uphill and downhill.  Downhill must be funner, if not WAY more dangerous.

Anyway, I got up to the top, hung out for 20 or so minutes and took some really good pictures.  I then got to make the drive down, through Walnut Creek, and (after a quick stop at Best Buy) home.

As soon as I got home and sat down, I got this terrible pain in my back.  I’ve had back problems for 10+ years (bulging disk in the lower lumbar area) and I guess that my climbing some rocks to get pictures aggrigated it.  I went to Kaiser this morning and they gave me some muscle relaxants and Vicodan for the pain.  Good times.

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Posted on October 31, 2005, 12:28 By
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4 thoughts on “My Trip to Mt. Diablo

  1. Your pictures remind me of the last time I visited Mt. Diablo. And that was in the Boy Scouts. It was one of the best times I’ve ever had hiking around the Bay Area.

  2. Dood…people with back problems should not go climbing rocks! Remember, we’re all OLD now and have kids to live for. As for the Vicodin, I heartily concur. I still have some left over after my C-section and I will be keeping them around just in case!

  3. I had all but forgotten this place even existed. I’ve only been up to the top once, and I was about 10 at the time. Maybe I should take Michelle and Lane up there sometime.

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