We had a wonderful time trekking and jogging last week and this weekend there is so much to see outside! Our toddler trek on Thursday gave us a chance to see ladybugs, snails, birds, a snake, squirrels, and a rabbit. Wild flowers are beginning to fade, and grasses are beginning to change from green to golden. Our new blueberry bushes are beginning to become a little scorched by the sun, and the roses are out in full bloom. Little strawberries are developing in our garden, and the tomato plants we grew from seed are getting sturdier every day. A new Sceloporus fence lizard has taken up residence at our house, and I can’t wait for it to become comfortable enough with us, that we might exchange push-up “hello”s (the lizards do push-ups to communicate). What a wonderful time to be in California; as non-natives, we really appreciate all that the state has to offer in the spring.
Here are this week’s events:
No Hike scheduled for Monday.
Tuesday, April 28th at 9 am Loren and little Angelo will lead a mellow stroller jog around Almaden Lake and down Los Alamitos Trail. Meet at the water dragon by the big playground near the bathrooms and swimming beach in the main parking lot near the intersection of Coleman Avenue and Almaden Expressway. No dogs allowed! Jogging strollers are best, but this is an entirely paved trail, so smaller-wheeled strollers are also OK. Walkers always welcome! For more information about the area or directions, see The Los Alamitos Creek Trail Webpage (http://www.strollerhikes.com/Hikes/LosAlamitos/LosAlamitos.html). If you’re running late, call Loren at 831-227-6737.
Tuesday, April 28th at 1:30 pm Amy B. and her wee ones will lead a hike at Byxbee Park. Meet at the Byxbee parking area. We’ll hike up and down the lovely crushed oyster shell paths around the artistic installments to Byxbee Park, then hike over to the Palo Alto Baylands Park, stopping to check out the birds around the duck pond as well as windsurfers and artists taking advantage of the good weather and interesting landscape. The trail works fine for all types of strollers. Dogs allowed! For more information about the parks and directions to Byxbee’s main parking lot, see Byxbee Page (http://www.strollerhikes.com/Hikes/Byxbee/Byxbee.html) and Palo Alto Baylands Page (http://www.strollerhikes.com/Hikes/PABaylands/PABaylands.html). If you’re running late, call Amy at 408-368-7161.
Wednesday, April 29th at 9:30 am we’ll hike at Rancho San Antonio in Cupertino/Los Altos Hills. We’ll do an almost entirely paved, flat path going to the farm, and possibly go past it. The road is perfect for trikes or bikes, if toddlers or young children want to ride. Any baby transport will work. Meet at the main lower parking lot at the water fountain in front of the bathrooms(just past the entrance, turn right, then follow the road until it ends). For more information or directions, see the Rancho San Antonio Page (http://www.strollerhikes.com/Hikes/RanchoSanAntonio/ranchoSanAntonio.html). Sorry, dogs not allowed. This hike is at least half shaded. Lisa and little Samuel will lead this hike. If you’re running late, call Lisa at 650-892-8678.
Thursday, April 30th at 10 am come for a hike along the paved mineral springs trail of Alum Rock Park for a little geology lesson and some history about this old spa region of San Jose. Meet by the YSI building. All types of strollers will work. For directions or more information about the area, see The Alum Rock Park Page (http://www.strollerhikes.com/Hikes/AlumRock/AlumRock.html). If you’re running late, call Jennifer at 408-470-0463.
Thursday, April 30th at 4:30 pm we’ll meet for a Toddler Trek at Villa Montalvo in Saratoga. Park in Lot #2 and meet in front of the Villa. We’ll walk the paths in the center of the park to explore the formal grounds and fountains, and talk about the mediterranean plants there. It will be an exploration of smell, touch, and color, as we talk about different types of leaves. Toddlers will be encouraged to walk and explore, but for non-walking children, any baby transport will work. For information about the area, see South Bay Hikes Webpage for Villa Montalvo (http://www.bahiker.com/southbayhikes/montalvo.html) or Santa Clara County Information on the Park (http://www.sccgov.org/SCC/docs/Parks%20and%20Recreation,%20Department%20of%20(DEP)/attachments/41975montalvo.pdf). Call Debbie at 650-776-1082 if you’re running late.
Friday and Saturday, May 1st and 2nd join Children in Nature Collaborative for a presentation, discussion, and exploration of Playing Outside the Lines involving the power of free play in nature. This is a Children in Nature Collaborative event hosted by several agencies including Hidden Villa, and is fee-based. See The Children in Nature Collaborative Playing Outside the Lines Flier (http://www.strollerhikes.com/CincFlier.pdf) for more information.
Enjoy that California Living!
-Debbie and little Max