I’ve often admired the way nature creates art. Whether in the fluid motions of a waterfall, or a volcanic rock formation that is a sculpture as well, or in how a tree may branch out in an unexpected direction. Hiking is often as much about observing what’s around the trail as it is cialis daily use coupon the actual hike itself.
But sometimes art can be hidden. On last weekend’s terrific hike through Morgan Territory, which borders Mount Diablo and Diablo State Park, we came across quite a find. First, it’s worth knowing that the area around Diablo has strong Native American connections. Long before any of us were here, Indian villages existed in the shadows of the mountain, and there’s plenty of evidence – and tradition – to be found. There are also numerous trails criss-crossing the vast area outside of San Ramon, and it helps to have an expert guide.
Fortunately, one of group’s hikers is such an expert having traversed Morgan Territory and the surrounding area repeatedly, literally http://levitrarxonline-easyway.com/ day and night.
Our approximately 12 mile trek started at the end of Finley Road in the outskirts of San Ramon where you can access the Morgan Territory Regional Preserve, which is a part of the East Bay Regional Parks system. Our band of two dozen hikers set off on a mix of well-worn and not so well-traveled paths up and into the hills, generally running south and east of Mount Diablo. Farther away at a few points, we could glimpse Mount St. Helena and the Sierras, or at least what I thought to be the Sierras.
It’s a tricky area – the Morgan preserve – as it’s possible to hike around and cross in and out the adjacent viagra online state park (we did), in and out of private property (we did), and encounter several crossroads and turns that can be easily missed (we did).
OK, back to the art. Up a few twists and turns and very well hidden from view was a trail that had been intentionally blocked by debris. On an earlier hike, our fearless leader had taken that as a not-so-subtle hint that there may be something worth checking. Kind of like seeing a “don’t open this door” sign at your workplace. Pretty much begs to be opened, yes?
So up and around some immense rocks we slithered and climbed. A few of the pictures show the tight squeeze we had. Our reward were some very cool paintings of condors, http://genericviagra-edtreatment.com/ falcons and other symbols that were fairly fresh – and extremely well hidden from anyone to stumble across. I’ve been told that the area we hiked was the homeland of the Volvon tribe, one of five Native American nations in the Bay Area. When Jeremiah Morgan came from Alabama (Roll Tide……13 national titles and counting) and started searching for gold 150 years ago, Morgan Territory started emerging and Native American villages started receding.
Modern development has wiped out a lot of the physical traces of those cultures, but there are plenty of people around who have that strong heritage and are worth knowing.
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