Yesterday was such a gorgeous day, my sister and I did a hike we have wanted to for a long time. It’s called Black Diamond Mines. Located near Antioch, it’s part of the East Bay Regional Park District. From the 1850’s thru the 1900’s, there were several towns there that supported coal mining. Coal was the black diamond. Over 4 million tons of coal were dug out. They also mined underground sand for glass making.
The park was a pretty good ride from San Jose-by-the-sea, but worth it. Most of the facilities don’t open until March 1 – bummer, but we avoided the $5 entrance fee. The visitor center is open and couple rangers provide help. Most of the mines are sealed up but during the summer, they give tours of the big mine.
It was a great Half Dome training site. There were humongous hills on either side of the trails. We logged almost 4 hours and slept well that night. This is a recommended hike for Bay area folks.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “You can lead a man to Congress, but you can’t make him think.” – Milton Berle
MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com