Sunday, March 8, 2009

Castro Valley - Lake Chabot

This morning I woke up bright and early - even after losing one hour of sleep to daylight savings time - and met my friend and her faithful companion for a hike around Lake Chabot, a 315 acre, well-stocked lake open for fishing, boating, and hiking throughout the year. Today we hiked the 9 mile loop trail around the lake. The skies were a bit overcast, so the lighting wasn't that great for photography, but since I never leave home without my camera, I did shoot off a few pics...

Lake Chabot...

At the beginning of our hike...

Lots of fresh green growth lined the trails...

From one point you can even see San Francisco...

Cloudy skies above the lake

Part of the trail is paved, and part dirt...

One of the many vista points...

More spring growth...

Toward the end of the hike...

Fishermen trying to catch something...

There is a boat rental place, too...

And lots of noisy Canadian geese...

Sweet Quincy made it all the way around and was ready to do it again...

It took us 2 and 3/4 hours to walk all the way around, and there are over 20 miles of hiking trails to try out. Want to find out more about this pretty lake? Click here.

5 comments:

blossom said...

Is that spring growth pennywort? That is one invasive plant, you know. Nice life you're having over there. Cool!

Hisako said...

Last summer I repeatedly went back to Lake Chabot to see a group of about 50 goslings growing up. One evening, while being supervised by only two geese, the goslings moved closer and closer to the little coffee/fishing-gear shop. I wondered if the geese take turns to babysit the goslings and if they all sleep in the space under the shop at night.

Although the goslings looked alike, they seemed to have quite different personalities. Some were friendlier and more curious about us and needed more supervision. Once a gosling got too close to me and Shiro, and a big goose came running toward us, making a hissing sound.

Dottie Jo said...

this looks like a lovely park. I've been to northern California, but only to San Francisco. I would love to walk these trails with my camera!
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deejay said...

luv your pics so much...