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Twilight Hike, Almaden Quicksilver County Park
18 August 2013
Beautiful evening for a guided hike exploring the park's history.
A large group, including families with small children, took to the trail.
Our guide, Mike Cox Geologist and Member of Friends of Almaden Quicksilver County Park.
Mike brought along hand out material on the park's rich history to share.
Well-mannered canine companions were welcome.
Little "Let's Go" expressed her keen interest in exploration the entire hike.
Mike's congenial, knowledgeable communications style set the tone for the evening.
A child participant finds a bit of black chert coinciding precisely with Mike's discussion on it.
Pleased participant holds a sample of polished Cinnabar stone.
The heavy weight of the Cinnabar sample surprised everyone who handled it.
Sharing the trails with a pair of bike riders, note the child's special seat.
Kitty Monahan, Parks volunteer and Friends of Almaden Quicksilver member organized the evening hike.
Mike answers a participant's question, using the hand out material for further clarification.
Mike points out some examples of the Park's unique geological features.
Great weather for a hike across the Park.
Ruins of the Park's cinnabar ore processing furnace.
Mike's knowledge of the site's history is extensive.
Hike participants getting a closer look at the furnace ruins.
The furnace ruins are an important link to our valley, our State, our Country's past.
One of three "century plants" near Spanishtown planted decades ago by former residents.
Evening sky put on a spectacular cloud-scape display.
View north with Mt Hamilton in the distance.
View south includes the full length of Coyote Ridge plus glimpse of Calero Reservoir.
Ruin at English Camp, our group paused here for an evening snack.
Evening light can play tricks on the eye. Notice the "tree sitter" in this oak's trunk?
Another Friends of Almaden Quicksilver volunteer shows Park's Volunteer Ron Horii mine sites in the park.
"Let's Go" with her collar light to show the way.
Twilight view as we head down English Camp Trail to the Hacienda parking lot.
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