black diamond mines: hiking in the "tundra"

January 13, 2013
Antioch, CA
Hikers: Cathy, Laura
Distance: 5.61 miles

Crunch, crunch, crunch ~ the sound of our boots crushing the ice covered trails...




   

The hills are alive with mooo-sic.

 
Shards of ice.


  

 

Rose Hill Cemetery is in the upper right.

 

  



Slag heap.





 
 
The gate is weighted with an old brake drum.
 













 






 


 










Antioch Bridge with the snow capped Sierras in the back ground.

Animal trap.

Filled with corn - trapping wild boar?



 










Ummm... the trail is completely covered in ice.
What does one do...

Laura's inner child could not resist!




 
This is the same spot that in another photo from a previous hike shows what could be the spirit of maybe Sarah Norton (The town's midwife)? We like to think so.



 

Jim's place.


The skylight in Jim's place.


 






Animal shaped log.


 
 








The heart shape is even outlined in red.
























 

Baby, it's cold outside...

Dressing in layers is a good thing.
However, only the scarf and gloves came on and off today.

Trails:
Nortonville, Manhattan Canyon, Black Diamond, portion of paved road, Coal Canyon



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