Stroller Hikes E-Newsletter: Water Wonders (1)

Hello Mommies and Daddies!

I was reminded of the miracle of water over this last month, at our Toddler Treks to Alviso Marina and McClellan Ranch Parks, respectively.

While Max and Anna played in the water of Stevens Creek yesterday, dozens of honey bees were lapping up water along the shores, in the shade of redwoods, sequoias, and oaks. McClellan Ranch has their own population of bees to pollinate the community garden there, as well as numerous wildflowers in the park and landscaped gardens next door. While the kids enjoyed the ever-changing sounds and sights of water, the bees happily buzzed about, taking a break from the hot day at their little “cantina.”

At Alviso Marina and Don Edwards SFBN Refuge a couple weeks ago, we all marveled at the millions of tiny flies that had just been born from the muddy, salty waters in the area, and the hundreds of red-winged blackbirds that had apparently amassed to consume them. As we hiked down the trails, the flies lifted off, as if the path on which we tread was a magic carpet. It was an amazing sight to see.

Also at McClellan Ranch yesterday, we were invited by a generous mom to visit the adult goats, baby pygmy goats, and miniature horses there. Most animals had been taken to the Santa Clara County Fair for show this weekend, and a couple teenage girls hurried about, washing horses to show in their 4-H competition. The water washed dust from manes and cleared the way for the opportunity to show off skills practiced over the year, and the “pursuit of passions”, as our guide put it. If you’d like to see the products of months and years of hard work in animal husbandry, arts and crafts, cooking, gardening, and more, visit the fair this weekend – parking and admission are free this year. For more information, see http://thefair.org/home.cfm.

Don’t forget to let me know if you’re interested in coming out for Stroller Hikes’ annual camping trip this year. The trip is over Labor Day Weekend. I’ve posted details at StrollerHikes.com and in the listings below. As usual, a poll will be sent out shortly so you can indicate your intent to come to any of this week’s events. We use this information to plan events in the future, so please use the poll. As usual, all events are free unless specifically noted.

Sunday, August 2nd at 10 am NorCal Bike Forums and William Symons and his kids lead a leisurely bicycle ride down the Stevens Creek Trail. Meet at Sleeper Park, at the intersection of Sleeper Avenue and Franklin Avenue in Mountain View. The ride should be over by noon. This ride is suitable for parents with infants and toddlers, as well as very young independent riders (all ages!). William will teach a brief safety class, discuss trail etiquette, and lead the ride to the Central Expressway Bridge (where train sightings are common!). Riders can ride to nearby cafes for refreshments or stop at the parks along the length of the trail, on the way back. For more information about this NorCal Bike Forum event and other events, seeNor Cal Bike Forum’s Family Events (http://ical.mac.com/WebObjects/iCal.woa/wa/default?d=2&u=rockyshores&v=1&y=2009&m=7&n=NorCal%20Bike%20Forums%20Family%20Rides.ics). For more information about the trail and directions, see the Stevens Creek Trail Webpage (http://www.strollerhikes.com/Hikes/StevensCreekTrail/StevensCreekTrail.html).

Monday, August 3rd at 10 am we’ll meet at John W Christian Greenbelt. Amy L. and little Adelina will lead a speed walk / jog along the lovely wide, paved greenbelt in Sunnyvale and Santa Clara. Dogs allowed but be sure they can manage on a faster-paced walk/run. We’ll take a break around the halfway point for the trip, to play at the large playground for toddlers, along the greenbelt. Meet at the pedestrian bridge on Ahwanee Avenue and San Junipero Drive (the bridge is just NW of San Junipero Dr.). Here is a Mapquest Map of the Starting Location (http://www.mapquest.com/maps/Ahwanee+Ave+and+San+Junipero+Dr+Sunnyvale+CA/). For more information about the trail, see the John W Christian Greenbelt Webpage (http://www.strollerhikes.com/Hikes/GreenbeltSunnyvale/GreenbeltSunnyvale.html).

Tuesday, August 4th at 8:30 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, August 4th at 2 pm join Amy B. and little James and Sadie for a hike at Alviso Marina and Don Edwards Wildlife Refuge in Alviso. Come enjoy the range of birds, the Bay breezes (which kick up in the afternoon), and see the train! The boardwalks here are great for toddlers. Meet at the Marina Parking lot. Bring a carrier or a jogging stroller for wee ones. Sorry, no dogs allowed. For directions or more information about the area, see The Alviso / Don Edwards Page (http://www.strollerhikes.com/Hikes/Alviso/Alviso.html). Call Amy at 408-368-7161 if you’re running late. This is a Santa Clara County Healthy Trails (http://www.parkhere.org/) outing.

Wednesday, August 5th at 9:45 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, August 6th no Toddler Trek is scheduled. They will resume next week.

Saturday, August 8th at 10 am join BetterBurlingame.org for the Family Fun Bike Ride in Burlingame. Tricycles, training wheels, and trailers are welcome! The ride starts at the parking lot of the Broadway Caltrain Station on California Drive. As described on BetterBurlingame.org’s Website (http://www.betterburlingame.org/Family_Bike_Ride/page109.htm): ” We bike over the new Broadway Bicycle-Pedestrian Overpass, and cruise along the Bayfront bike path for about a mile to the small City park next to the beautiful Anza Lagoon. Return trip: We retrace our route, ending up at Preston’s on Broadway for FREE ICE CREAM for all the kids.”

Saturday, August 8th from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm join Stroller Hikes’ board member and yoga instructor extraordinaire, Julianne Rice, for a yoga class for the whole family. Want to encourage yoga, acrobatics, flexibility, and exercise in your family? Julianne’s Partner Yoga for the Whole Family: Acrobatic Asanas for Two or More, may be right for you. This class costs $20 per person, $30 per couple, or $40 per family. You can register online and find more information at www.yogaisyouth.com. The class will be held at the Yoga is Youthfulness Studio in Mountain View off of Castro Street.

Saturday, August 8th at 8 pm join us at Coyote Lake – Harvey Bear Ranch Park for a full-moon hike 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. All family members welcome! This is a Santa Clara County Play Here (http://www.parkhere.org/) 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. The event is free, but a parking fee may apply.

Enjoy the weekend!
– Debbie and little Max

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