After going up and over Black Point and coming back through the bottom of the valley a few hours later, this trail was closed. It seemed the "morning after the fire" investigation was underway. There were fire trucks and sheriff trucks parked where I took this picture. The fire started at around 5:30 on a Wednesday, and hikers were spotted in the area at the time.
And now....here are a few pictures of the tarantulas I spotted last week. This first guy gives me a headache. These guys normally have 8 legs, and 2 shorter things in front that look like fangs. Notice the guy below...he has 8 legs, but one is coming right out the top of his head, in the middle of his forehead. Poor dude. I wish I could have got a shot of him straight on, but he wouldn't cooperate, and I don't like to irritate them too much.
Now is definitely the time to get out on the mountain if you want to see some of these gently spider giants.
Lastly, I have to give a shout out to the East Bay Regional Park District for a move that is long, long overdue. I've vented here on the blog before about how livid it makes me to find cigarettes on the trails. I'll try not to launch into a lecture here, but we live in an area that is at high fire danger for the majority of the year. We are in a drought for years on end. It should be a law that there is no smoking in any of our parks, whether they be regional or state. As of right now, smoking is legal in state parks still. This means that as soon as you cross a cattle gate and leave EBRPD property and enter Mt. Diablo State Park, you can light up. Ridiculous. The only ordinance is when we reach Extreme Fire Danger level, people must only smoke in areas that are for that purpose. By the way, the assembly repeated tries to get this made a law. The last person to veto it was Schwarzenegger.