Lafayette Reservoir, Contra Costa County, CaliforniaGARDENS & PARKS, STAFF, USA MAINLAND, WALKING/HIKING — By Judy Clement Wall on December 6, 2011 at 01:06
Story by staff writer Judy Clement Wall. Photos Copyright © Judy Clement Wall.
OVER THE Thanksgiving holiday weekend, I headed back up to Mt. Diablo to see if I could get some pictures of the breathtaking view that was less than breathtaking last time I visited. (See Rock City and The Legendary View from Mt. Diablo, California.)
It had drizzled for about two days prior and I was hoping that was enough rain to wash the smoggy air clean. It wasn’t, so this isn’t the post where I dazzle you with the view that is reportedly “second only to Mt. Kilimanjaro.” Stay tuned; that one’s coming. (You should see my determined expression right now.)
In the meantime, this post is to share with you the walk I took instead. Not wanting the trip to be a total waste, I hopped over to Lafayette Reservoir a few miles away.
Lafayette is a small water storage reservoir, encircled by a pretty, mostly paved, 2.7-mile path. I’ve been there many times, though not usually in the fall. I was struck by how peaceful it was. There was a quiet serenity about it that I haven’t found when I’ve visited in the spring and summer—when children and dogs and picnickers and wildlife make the park hum with life. On Thanksgiving weekend, the boats were all put away, the docks clean and empty, fallen leaves drifted over the path as I walked.
I took some pictures to share with you.
Judy Clement Wall (aka j) is a freelance writer who lives, works and plays in the San Francisco Bay Area. She’s in love with the California coast; everything from combing the beaches of San Diego to hiking the coastal trails of Humboldt County. You can read and link to more of her work through her blog, Zebra Sounds.