My son has been asking to go ice skating for the past week, so I took my boys to the Winter Lodge in Palo Alto for our first ice skating trial. I’m not sure which one of us was more nervous, but my four year old stepped on the ice like he had been skating for many months. My two year old, was not a fan of ice skating and preferred chewing on his skating lace instead. Our skating trial showcased a Zamboni and snow falling at the end of the skating session. We will venture out on the ice again soon and maybe skate around the entire rink next time!
My bird chasing and garbage truck loving boys have found a new playground – the Sunnyvale Landfill. We ended up biking and we amazed by the many birds we saw flying above or simply enjoying the sun. My boys loved they could also watch garbage trucks (their favorite truck) and also chase birds while biking.
What new hiking or outdoor areas have you discovered this month?
Sunnyvale Landfill biking and birding
Last August, the visionary and energetic founder of Stroller Hikes, Debbie Frazier, stepped down as president of the organization. As an outdoor enthusiast and new mom, she started Stroller Hikes more than eight years ago, creating an immensely informative website and a community of parents who support each other in outdoor family activities. She is such a resourceful and impressively able person that it is going to take a team of eight people to replace her. Thank you, Debbie, for inspiring us to get outside with our children!
For many families, like mine, the last two weeks of the year are a time when the regular routine gets thrown out the window and is replaced with celebrations, traveling, unusual sleep patterns, different eating habits, new climates, and other disruptions. Some of my children thrive on this out-of-the-ordinary time: for them, variety is spicy, exciting, and energizing. Others of my children react poorly to disruptions in the usual schedule: for them, variety is overwhelming, uncomfortable, and exhausting. Both parties benefit, however, from some unstructured time outdoors, exploring the natural world and familiarizing themselves with a new environment. While there are no official Stroller Hikes events for the next two weeks, see if you can use some of the holiday down time to experience a place you’ve never been. If you’re staying in the Bay Area, check out our interactive map of hiking locations (http://strollerhikes.com/interactive-map-of-locations/) and pick a place that’s new to you. If you’ll be away, make a point to get outside and enjoy your novel location (snow?). Either way, a family hike is a great way to take advantage of this out-of-the-ordinary time of year.
Although “Pineapple Express” sounds like a fruity and fun ride at a tropical amusement park, it’s actually the nickname for the huge rainstorm that hit California over the last few days. Despite the inconvenience of flooded streets and soggy mail, we had some fun jumping in puddles. Hope you all enjoyed the much-needed rain, too!