After Friday’s 21 miler, I was pretty tired, but I was very much looking forward to the long standing plans I had with Jojo to run Diablo Saturday. If you have been reading this blog for any amount of time, you know that Jojo is my trail twin and we do a lot of long trail runs together. Somehow during all of our runs so far this year, we hadn’t made the trek up Mt. Diablo, and I was so excited to take her up my favorite mountain.
We got started early enough and took it easy going up the mountain. These climbs are tough and I was tired from the day before and she is still recovering from TransRockies (so jealous and so on my to do list), so we were a pretty good match going up.
I had fun showing her around, explaining to her where we were and where other trails that connected to us went.
It hadn’t been cloudy at all at my house when we started, but as we were climbing up the mountain it became very clear that it was cloudy everywhere else! You could see the clouds off in the distance surrounding us.
We continued to climb.
And climb some more. See the clouds on the left?
And as we wrapped our way around the mountain we had made our way above the clouds.
It was pretty incredible.
Then, just like that, we were at the summit!
Since I know Jojo is always up for a little adventure, I
tricked coerced her into going a different way down and taking some new trails I hadn’t been on. I was so glad we did!
The clouds were surrounding the other side of the mountain as well.
As we wound our way down the mountain, I was able to make connections to where other trails go, and started planning future adventures. It’s so much fun when you can start connecting everything together.
I took us on a couple other trails on the way down that I have wanted to go on for a while, which proved to be a little tougher than anticipated. I joked with Jojo that I was just giving her payback for the 32 mile death march (which really wasn’t a death march, just a tough run we laugh about all the time now) she took me on earlier this year.
One of the trails we went on was the Falls Trail, which is known for it’s water falls in the winter (I can’t wait!). Of course this time of year it’s pretty dry, but more importantly, it was a technical single track that was tough on our tired legs at that point. We carefully navigated some sandy parts and had to really watch a couple steps. Then just as Jojo opened her mouth to say “they call it falls trail because people fall” I took a dive into a bush (totally fine and not hurt at all). Of course I claimed I did it on purpose to make her laugh in the tough spot of the run.
We finally hit the fire road and made our way back to the car. 16 miles and over 4 hours later with 4500+ feet of elevation gain.
Another trail adventure on the books!