My husband and son are off to visit cousins afar this weekend, and in my quite round state (I am 8 months pregnant), I stayed home, assuming that I might otherwise make airplane staff and passengers nervous. It’s a blessing and a curse to have the duo gone. I have quiet time to myself to relax, but my muses are gone that keep me playing outside, making daily discoveries, and waking at a reasonable hour.
Before Max, a pitter patter outside meant the local rodents were at it again, chasing each other for food, fun, or frivolity, and I meant to steer clear of them. It might also mean my husband and I might assess potential damage to a camping or climbing bag, as we were outside rock climbing or backpacking every other weekend, at least.
Now the sound of pitter patter usually means that my favorite little gremlin is sneaking up on me, ready to tickle me with a blade of grass or a feather, “scare” me with a pretend critter (the real ones are still too hard for Max to pick up), or climb all over me.
Rock climbing has been replaced by parent climbing. Backpacking has been replaced by Max-packing. I don’t avoid the pitter patter, I embrace it, in a big bear hug.
How fortunate we are to be parents, with our new perspectives that are borne of our babes. Build your own parent-child outdoor experiences this week by using StrollerHikes.com or joining us at one or more of the events below. I hope to see you on Sunday that’s when I’ll be “manning” the mothering tent at Full Circle Farm’s Earth Day Celebration. It’ll be nice to see so many little people, when my own little man is afar.
Here are this week’s events:
Saturday, April 17th 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, April 18th from 10 am to 2 pm join Stroller Hikes and other local family-friendly, eco-conscious organizations for fun, food, and education at Full Circle Farm’s annual Earth Day Celebration. Have sme hands-on fun, take a break in Stroller Hikes’ mothering tent, and bring a little money to buy some to-order snacks. There are plenty of activities for kids (maze, arts and crafts, farm animals, puppet theatre) and adults (cheese making, beekeeping, backyard gardening, composting, cooking demonstrations)! Free admission. The farm is located at 1055 Dunford Way in Sunnyvale. For more information, visit Full Circle Farm’s Website (http://www.fullcirclesunnyvale.org/).
Tuesday morning’s Guadalupe Oak Grove Toddler Trek is still on hold (cancelled) while Loren gets settled with more work.
Tuesday, April 20th at 1:30 pm join Amy B. and her wee ones for a 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 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 (http://www.strollerhikes.com/Hikes/BolPark/BolPark.html). If you’re running late, call Amy at 408-368-7161.
Tuesday, April 20th at 4 pm join Pippa and her wee one for a visit to the Palo Alto Baylands Duck Pond, for a slow-paced hike and a chance to visit with the bird life here. Go right to the end of Embarcadero Road, over the 101, past the golf course and airport. At the t-junction turn left. The duck pond is on the left with a sign-posted parking lot. Ignore this car park and continue along Embarcadero Road to the second car park. Meet by the pond next to this parking lot. For information about the pond and Palo Alto Baylands Park, as well as further directions on how to get there, see the Palo Alto Baylands Webpage (http://www.strollerhikes.com/Hikes/PABaylands/PABaylands.html). If you’re running late, give Pippa a call at 510-621-7471.
Thursday, April 22nd at 4:30 pm join Debbie and little Max for an Earth Day Toddler Trek Rancho San Antonio in Cupertino/Los Altos Hills off of Cristo Rey Drive, Cupertino. 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. If you’re running late, give Debbie a call at 650-776-1082.
Friday, April 23rd at 9:45 am join Jenn W. and little Scott for a hike at Byxbee Park in Palo Alto, at the corner of Terminal Blvd and San Antonio Road. Meet at the San Antonio Road trailhead. Large wheeled strollers/joggers or baby carriers/backpacks are recommended. Dogs allowed! We’ll walk amongst the ponds and baylands, looking out for birds and dragonflies. For more information about the parks and directions to Byxbee, see Byxbee Page (http://www.strollerhikes.com/Hikes/Byxbee/Byxbee.html). If you’re running late, call Jenn at 210-859-8721.
Saturday, April 24th at 10 am join Santa Clara County Park Rangers for “Oh Baby, What a Hike,” an annual Stroller Hike at Calero County Park. This is a 2-mile hike safe for all strollers, and meant to be an introduction to Stroller Hiking. For more information and to confirm that you will attend, please call (408) 268-3883. This is a Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation event. For information on the area or directions, see Bay Area Hiker’s Webpage on Calero (http://www.bahiker.com/southbayhikes/calero.html) or The Santa Clara County Page on Calero (http://www.sccgov.org/portal/site/parks/parksarticle?path=%252Fv7%252FParks%2520and%2520Recreation%252C%2520Department%2520of%2520%2528DEP%2529&contentId=3b4598ba77784010VgnVCM10000048dc4a92____&cpsextcurrchannel=1).
Saturday, April 24th from 7 pm – 8:30 pm join Jennifer and little Kayla for a Full Moon Hike at Harvey Bear / Coyote Lake Ranch Park near Gilroy off of San Martin Avenue in San Martin. 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 (http://www.parkhere.org/portal/site/parks/) activity. Register at the Santa Clara County Website or by calling or e-mailing Carrie Grisenti at 408-355-2240 or Carrie.Grisenti@…, or just come out to join us! 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.
Sunday, April 25th from 8 am to noon join South Bay Fishing in the City as they teach children, ages 5 to 15 how to fish at Sandy Wool Lake in Ed Levin County Park. Please do not bring your own bait or gear – everything will be provided at the event. Please call (408) 355-2299 to reserve your spot. This is a South Bay Fishing in the City event. To get there, take Hwy 680 East and exit at Calaveras Road, then follow signs to the park and lake. Bring a few dollars to pay for parking. See Santa Clara County’s Website (http://www.parkhere.org/portal/site/parks/) for more information.
Eagerly awaiting the pitter patter of Max’s feet on Sunday…
-Debbie and wee Peanut