Another Man’s Treasure

Spring cleaning happens every two months in our household. No, it doesn’t have
anything to do with the lack of seasons in California. It has everything to do
with my husband’s fear of clutter, and the fact that we live in a house smaller
than some people’s guest houses. I joined Freecycle two months ago, following
my husband’s urging to be rid of some plants and pots that were starting to look
more like spider homes than anything tended by a gardener, and since then, we
have gotten rid of household chemicals, a baby bike seat, art supplies, sand,
and plenty of other things that could get more use than we had given them. We
regularly donate to Goodwill, Blossom Birth (they have a Rummage Sale this
Sunday, for those of you seeking pregnancy or baby-related wares), and the
American Cancer Society resale shop, my husband sells on Craig’s list, and I
sell books and games at Bookbuyers.

Perhaps you are like us, or perhaps you recycle, resell, or give away usable
items less often. Either way you look at it, we all have useful items that
others could benefit from. As the saying goes, “One man’s trash, another man’s
treasure.” I prefer “One man’s overlooked item, another man’s treasure” (trash
is such a passe concept).

Stroller Hikes is seeking baby transport devices for use in a lending library
for parents who would like to investigate their baby/toddler transport options
by borrowing one at one of our events. There are so many options out there –
wraps, slings, packs, carriers, joggers, strollers, Chariots, bike seats, and
more! So think about it – if you have a baby/toddler transport device at home
that hasn’t been used for a while, you just outgrew, your child never liked, or
you just never used, please consider donating it. A Stroller Hiker may find
that it’s just what is needed to get outside with a child to enjoy nature, meet
others, and exercise. All donations are tax-deductable, as Stroller Hikes is a
501-c-3 nonprofit corporation. To donate, e-mail Debbie at
admin@…, and we’ll arrange a pick-up or drop-off (whatever is
easiest for you).

If you have no wares to share, but would like to contribute to the Stroller
Hikes community (including those brand new to our organization), Stroller Hikes
can always use volunteers to lead events or tax-deductible donations to keep our
programs going. We are already looking to the spring for events and outreach to
others, like free classes at Sports Basement and field trips with local
preschools, so e-mail Debbie at admin@… if you want to get
involved. Next year is our 5th birthday – let’s make it a year to remember!

This week’s events are below. Note that Pippa moved her Toddler Trek time
earlier by 30 minutes. There are so many great offerings this week – don’t miss
a picnic near the farm, hike beneath the stars, ride on the famous “Big Oak Tree
Swing,” feeding acorns to the goats at Bol Park, strolling about the rolling
hills at Cuesta, or spying hunting cats (like we saw today), falcons, or
pelicans at Shoreline. As usual, all events are free!

Monday, November 15th at 11 am join Amy B. and her wee ones for a hike and
picnic at Rancho San Antonio in Cupertino / Los Altos Hills off of Cristo Rey
Drive, Cupertino. We’ll do an almost entirely paved, flat path or a hilly,
packed dirt route, depending on who attends. Both trails will go to the farm,
and maybe past it. Any baby transport will work, and bikes or trikes can be used
on the flat route. Bring a picnic for your family. Meet at the main parking lot
by the bathrooms(follow the entrance road to the right until it ends). For more
information or directions, see the Rancho San Antonio Page
Sorry, dogs not allowed. This hike is at least half shaded. Call Amy at
408-368-7161 if you’re running late.

Tuesday, November 16th at 4 PM join Megan and little Vera for a fast paced hike
at Shoreline Park in Mountain View/Palo Alto at 3070 N. Shoreline Blvd. The
trail is paved, so it’s great for all strollers or kid carriers. Meet at the
lake next to where the sailboats are kept (to the right of the cafe / bathrooms
building) in Shoreline Park. There are plenty of play structures and a beach for
toddlers – we’ll stop to play after the hike! Sorry, no dogs allowed. For
information about the park and directions, see Shoreline Park Page
( and Emily
Renzel/Byxbee Page ( If
you’re running late, call Megan at 408-409-3206.

Wednesday, November 17th at 10 am Pippa and Ruth will lead a Toddler Trek in
Cuesta Park in Mountain View. Toddlers will be encouraged to walk, but if you
want to bring transport, any stroller/trike/wagon will work as the path is all
paved. Dogs OK on a leash. We’ll meet at the toddler playground near the parking
lot, 615 Cuesta Drive. Call Pippa if you are running late 510-621-7471.

Thursday, November 18th at 4:30 pm join Debbie, little Max, and wee Holly for a
Toddler Trek at Larry Lane in Portola Valley. Yes, this is the famous “Big Oak
Tree Swing” place. Carriers or backpacks only, if your child does not want to
walk. We’ll ogle at the fall colors as we make our way up to the swing, then
take a break while everyone gets a chance to try out this little marvel. We will
aim to be back at the cars at 5:30 pm. Bring a flashlight, headlamp, or glow
stick for extra safety walking near dusk (we’ll have several to share). For
more information or directions, see The Larry Lane Page
( Parking is
limited, so park along the residential street atop the curve if you can’t fit in
the very small pull off here. Call Debbie at 650-776-1082 if you’re running

Friday, November 19th at 9:30 am join Melissa and Maxwell for a Stroller Hike at
Bol Park in Palo Alto. Meet at Bol Park near the corner of Matadero Avenue and
Laguna Avenue (on Laguna Avenue). This trail is entirely paved, so any baby
transport will work. The trail is a widely used multi-use path that was
converted from an old railroad line – a little history here! Come visit the
donkeys and chickens part way down the hike and see a piece of “old” Palo Alto.
Meet at the playground in the middle of the park. For more information, see The
Bol Park Webpage ( Call
Melissa at 650-224-5461 if you’re running late.

Saturday, November 20th at 10:30 am join Bike Buddies for a Family Friendly Bike
Ride through downtown San Carlos. The ride will last up to an hour. For more
information, see’s Website

Saturday, November 20th from 5:30 pm join Jennifer and little Kayla for a Full
Moon Hike at Harvey Bear / Coyote Lake Ranch Park near Gilroy. What a treat to
share sunset and witness some critters settling down to rest, while other
creatures come alive at night! We’ll hike Martin Murphy Trail, a 2 mile paved
loop, with excellent vantage points for seeing stars and looking for bats flying
to catch insects, while offering plenty of safe space for toddlers and children
to hike with us. Jennifer will alert you to nature at dusk and beyond, by the
light of the moon. All family members welcome! This is a Santa Clara County Play
Here ( activity. Register at the
Santa Clara County Website or by calling or e-mailing Carrie Grisenti at
408-355-2240 or Carrie.Grisenti@…! Registration required so the
group numbers are not overwhelming to the leaders! To get to the trailhead,
drive towards Gilroy on Highway 101. From the Highway 101 exit at San Martin
Avenue, drive East for 2 miles on San Martin Avenue. The Harvey Bear Ranch
entrance to the park is on the left, a quarter mile East of Foothill Avenue, on
San Martin Avenue. Call Jennifer at 408-470-0463 if you’re running late. The
event is free, but a parking fee may apply. Please register in advance at

Thanks in advance for your support (in-kind, in spirit, or otherwise)!
– Debbie, little Max, and wee Holly

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