Outside the picturesque town of Danville, California Mount Diablo welcomes you. It is interesting that California hosts a home for Diablo…some might say it is fitting while others just shrug their shoulders blissfully unaware of “Devil Mountain” rising just a short distance from the city of San Francisco (fyi: diablo means devil in Spanish).
Recently Spaceman and I took a drive up the state to visit friends and relatives and stumbled upon this state park. It is deceivingly beautiful with rolling hills, wild flowers, and blue skies above, however, Mount Diablo holds secrets of its own.
After paying the park entrance fee ($6 or $10 depending on which entrance gate you use), we ascended the hills toward our ultimate goal of reaching the summit and the visitor’s station on top. Halfway up, though, I realized (as I took a breath from the very interesting stories I was sharing) that Spaceman had been unusually quiet (even for a Finn). Turns out we were running on gas fumes and he was contemplating our best exit trail if we needed to hike out of the park in the sweltering heat. Luckily we were able to detour out of the park, find a gas station and then head back to Diablo.
By then the winding road had been hijacked by quite a few bicyclists (all of whom looked half dead as they panted up the hill) with some cars sprinkled in and the odd hiker here and there. Happily for us there were enough empty segments of park that we didn’t feel stifled by the others.
Along the twists and turns of the road, Mount Diablo revealed:
A family of deer — mom and her babies (I got so excited about this that I couldn’t get my camera out quickly enough to take a picture, oops).
All in all, it was a good day.
Details: Mount Diablo State Park California