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159. RNB Trail (04/01/00)

Hikers (6): Eugene, Hoa, Jamie, Peter, Russ, Taylor
Distance: 1 miles
Rating: 1 difficulty, 1 beauty
Park info: Intel Corporation in Santa Clara

Write-up by Peter

For our first-ever April Fool's Day hike, we chose to do a 1-mile hike (dressed in full hiking gear) along the walking path that goes around Intel's Robert B. Noyce building (the "RNB trail"). The timing worked out well for me since this was my first "hike" back after arthroscopic knee surgery, and I had to do something easy.

Taylor and I showed up early to the Intel garage. There was no one there, so we decided to take a nap in the car. There's nothing like a good nap on a warm weekend afternoon! It was only a matter of seconds before we were both fast asleep. Zzzzzzzz!!!

My gentle slumber came to an abrupt halt with the sounds of someone shouting "The Man!!!". It was Rusty, dressed in his finest hiking gear, complete with muddy boots, red canteen, and the classic Bart Simpson Underachiever shirt (worn on legendary hikes such as Half Dome and Murietta Falls).

The troops started to assemble .... I had pictured a bigger turnout, but only six people showed up. I guess they were either scared away by the difficulty or thought the whole thing was an April's Fool hoax. One person who had committed to show up (complete with Space Boots) who wasn't present was Esteban. You know what that means -- Black Leaf! The last remaining INCH founder had fallen!

1, 2, 3, ... INCH!

There's so much to write about on this hike, I don't know where to begin! It was grueling ... tougher than Mississippi Lake, the Ohlone Wilderness Trail, and the Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail combined! It's just too painful to write about. Somehow we persevered and made it back to civilization in under half an hour without any casualties. Buy me a beer sometime and I'll give you all the gory details.

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