The drive home had a miserable stretch through shopping mall and strip mall traffic, and i realized why i stick to the parks that i can get to without having to drive through suburban sprawl.
There are two routes to Grant Park though, and i now have a preferred route. Grant Park is a stopping place along the way to Mt Hamilton, the highest peak in the area. If i could prepare myself on a Friday night, i could wake early and be in the vicinity near dawn. It's a matter of planning the trip so i have a plan on Saturday morning.
At least now i have a refreshed memory of the route in my mind: i think we drove to Mt Hamilton six years ago?
On my junket list to the eastern side of the county is Sunol Regional Wilderness and Henry Coe. Maybe i can have a plan of junkets on the third Saturday and fifth Saturday, waking earlier.