|The strange alien terrane bursts out of the core of the Diablo Range!|
|San Jose and the Bay Area from State Route 130 on Mt. Hamilton|
|Typical stretch of State Route 130 on west side of Mt. Hamilton.|
The probably don't realize it, but they've just traveled one of the most geologically interesting roads in the state of California. Even more, they've taken a journey to the bottom of the sea and through the underlying crust, right into the Earth's mantle. They've passed through the realm of dinosaurs, and bizarre giant marine reptiles that probably ate sharks as a light snack. And they've passed through one of the diverse ecological habitats left in the Coast Ranges. Along the way they encountered the Lick Observatory, an important locality for groundbreaking astronomical research.