Best Intentions – Stroller Hikes Weekly E-Newsletter (2)

Best Intentions

This morning, with my husband extra groggy after a difficult week (traveling, food poisoning, a cold, and dealing with stormy weather), Max and I decided to serve him breakfast in bed. Thrilled with the notion of bringing daddy goodies to make his morning extra bright, he lost sight of my urges to make his wake-up experience gradual and pleasant, by NOT turning on lights or making too much noise.

You can guess how our best intentions to bring daddy his morning presents ensued. Max picked out a favorite magazine for daddy to read in bed, and instead of putting it on the breakfast tray, in his excitement, he threw open the bedroom door, turned on the light, and jumped on the bed to deliver it. The next breakfast items were thankfully corralled onto the breakfast tray, but once dad was served, Max couldn’t stay away. Did he like the pancakes? Was the yogurt he picked good? How was the magazine?

So as only a toddler can, dad’s morning became a chaotic zoo of inquiry with his favorite critter, a very animated red-headed toddler, chirping and hopping to and fro, as if we’d left the window open and a flock of birds had taken residence in a room once associated with tranquility.

Of course, Max (and I) had the best intentions, and when I checked in on breakfast progress, I apologized for its abrupt delivery. Daddy looked up at me with admirable patience and optimism and assured me that all was well – after all, our perspective changes as parents. While as adults before kids we may have avoided chirpy and active adults early in the morning (and might have slept past 6 AM on a weekend), when faced with an animated young thing, we are thankful that he is animated, sharing with us desires, passions, interests, and other fundamentals of a developing personality.

That personality mirrors a whole person developing, and it cannot develop without being exposed to the whole world. We hope that Stroller Hikes is a resource for you to develop that whole child – the inquisitive, athletic, social, and independent person who understands how the wide world works, from the workings of modern civilization to the laws of nature.

In the improving weather of the coming week, please join us for some of our events, or create your own by using our online resources at StrollerHikes.com – click on the Share Ideas graphic on the top of the page to see what Stroller Hikes families love and recommend, or click on the other graphics on the top of the page for advice about activities and information about local public resources for hiking, biking, camping, water play, and running. We have a diverse array of events this week – some indoors and out, during the morning, afternoon, or at dusk.

Here are this week’s events:

Saturday, January 23rd from 1 to 4 pm come out to Ulistac Natural Area in Santa Clara for a Family Play Day sponsored by Wild Zones. Bring a change of clothes, wipes, and a towel, as the mud is sure to be gooey and there will be plenty of stick play. Ulistac is a wonderful place to explore nature and creative play away from the glossy trademarked plastic toys that seem to dominate these days. For some pictures of old nature play events, see the Wild Zones Website (http://www.wild-zone.net/morenew.html). For directions and information about Ulistac, see The Ulistac Webpage (http://www.strollerhikes.com/Hikes/Ulistac/Ulistac.html).

Sunday, January 24th from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm drop by Los Altos’ Whole Foods Market for a FREE educational event. Join Stroller Hikes, Blossom Birth, and plenty of other fantastic local resource groups in promoting healthy life choices in our families. Activities will include a cooking demonstration, infant massage presentation, and baby wearing workshop. For directions and more information about this and other kid- and baby-centric Los Altos Whole Food classes, see http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/losaltos/.

Tuesday, January 26th at 9 am Loren and little Angelo will lead a Toddler Trek at Guadalupe Oak Grove Park. We will meet at the Vargas Dr. Entrance which is a break in the fence with plenty of street parking. The walk is unpaved and stroller friendly. Dogs welcome. We will make a 1 mile loop stopping midway at a playground. This will be very unstructured with plenty of time for the kids to explore and collect treasures. If we are lucky we will see some squirrel friends, acorn woodpeckers, and maybe even a hummingbird. To find this trail head south on Almaden Expressway, take a right onto Coleman (just before Almaden Lake Park), then a left onto Recife Way. Recife Way will dead end at Vargas Dr. and the trail head. If are running late give Loren a call at 831-227-6737. Come join on our adventure!

Tuesday, January 26th at 1:30 pm join Amy B. and her wee ones for a hike at Stevens Creek Trail beginning from the park at Easy Street in Mountain View. Any stroller or carrier will work; the path is a lovely two-lane paved one. We’ll have the option of walking towards the bay or towards the hills (the trail has been extended through Mountain View). For the bay direction, the first and last quarter of this hike is well shaded, and we hope to have some bay breezes, in case it’s warm. For the hill direction, the trail is shaded for the majority of the hike. For more information about the trail or directions, see The Stevens Creek Trail Webpage (http://www.strollerhikes.com/Hikes/StevensCreekTrail/StevensCreekTrail.html). If you’re running late, call Amy at 408-368-7161.

Wednesday, January 27th at 9:45 am Jenn K. and little Scott will lead an approximately 90 minute stroller hike. Location to be announced – watch your e-mail or StrollerHikes.com/Events.html. If you’re running late, give Jenn a call at 210-859-8721.

Saturday, January 30th at 5:30 pm join Jennifer and little Kayla for a Full Moon Hike at Vasona Lake County Park in Los Gatos. Look for bats, listen for frogs and crickets, and see what other animals come to life as dusk falls at this lovely park with paved trails. Jennifer Snedeker will lead this family-friendly event, suitable for baby transport of all types. Meet at the Vasona playground parking lot. Bring some layered clothes if it cools down, and also bring water, a snack, and a flashlight. Jennifer is a wonderful educator who will break up the hike with games and exploration, depending on what critters the group sees. This event is co-sponsored by Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation. For information about Vasona’s trail and directions to get to Vasona, see the Los Gatos Creek Trail Page (http://www.strollerhikes.com/Hikes/LosGatosCreek/LosGatosCreek.html) or Santa Clara Parks and Rec’s Page about Vasona (http://www.parkhere.org/portal/site/parks/parksarticle?path=%252Fv7%252FParks%2520and%2520Recreation%252C%2520Department%2520of%2520%2528DEP%2529&contentId=54a698ba77784010VgnVCM10000048dc4a92____&cpsextcurrchannel=1).

Embrace your new perspective (and your child(ren))!

-Debbie and little Max

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