|Erhhung and Vera up early at the Juniper Campsite, Mount Diablo State Park, CA|
Hanging out Saturday Morning at the Juniper Campsite, Mount Diablo State Park
|Mt. Diablo Hike|
Both Keira and Vera did great. Keira, in the Baby Bjorn, still sleeps most of the way. Vera is in her independence stage, where she wants to do things for herself. Most of the time she refused to be carried, but then would get tired and distracted. A few potato chips however, strategically inserted at the correct intervals, helped keep her going.
Hiking up Mount Diablo
|The View North From the Peak|
|The Summit Museum|
It has been suggested that another Indian name for the mountain was Kawukum or Kahwookum, but there is no evidence to support it. Supposedly the name Kahwookum was completely made up in 1866 and had no Indian connection what-so-ever. The name resurfaced in 1916 as a real estate gimmick with the translation of "Laughing Mountain", attributed to the Volvon Indians.
Views from Mount Diablo
Why Mount Diablo you ask? As if to say, "Get to the point." Well, as with many names in the USA, it was due to a bit of a screw up. In 1805 several Chupcan or Bay Miwok Indians escaped from the Spanish and hid in a nearby willow thicket. Well, they were incredibly hard to find in that thicket so the Spanish named the area, "Monte Del Diablo" or "Thicket (or woodland/forest) of the Devil". That name was also applied to the Rancho Monte Del Diablo,with later became Todos Santos or All Saints, and then eventually Concord. Monte Del Diablo become Mount Diablo when English speaking new-comers mistakenly attributed Monte to the Mountain rather than the settlement.
|Mount Diablo State Park|
|Afternoon view from the Juniper Campground|
|Campground on a rainy Sunday Morning. We opted for breakfast down in Danville.|
Here is the link to the slide show:
|Mount Diablo State Park - April 22nd to 24th|