This week/weekend is a special one to a wide range of people and religions. There’s something for everyone, be it offering eggs to protect (well, these days entertain) babies, challenging our diets to eat fresh, pure foods, or marveling at the birth of baby bunnies, chicks, or amazing people who have touched our souls. (One of our own hike leaders experienced the latter only last week with the birth of a son. I won’t steal her thunder by saying more. 🙂 ) Stroller Hikes has its own new things in this time of birth – a new logo (option (a) won out last week – it should be refined and up and running by the end of the month), some new interns (for the summer), and a new event — Coyote Lake’s Moonlit Hike was a great success last night! If you missed the Moonlit Hike, another is scheduled at the beginning of March.
Here are this week’s events:
Monday, April 13th at 10 am we’ll meet at John W Christian Greenbelt. Amy, James, and Sadie 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). If you’re running late, call Amy at 408-368-7161.
Tuesday, April 14th no run is scheduled.
Tuesday, April 14th at 1:30 pm join Amy B. and her wee ones for a hike at Crystal Springs Reservoir. This is an entirely paved trail (well, I doubt it if we’ll make it to the short gravel section connecting to San Andreas Trail near mile 6) so all strollers work fine. Plenty of benches and port-o-potties along the way, and a nice picnic area with water near the 3.5 mile mark (if we make it that far). For information about the hike or directions, see Crystal Springs Page (http://www.strollerhikes.com/Hikes/CrystalSprings/CrystalSprings.html). Meet at the benches just inside the gate at Crystal Springs Rd and Syline Blvd. If you’re running late, call Amy at 408-368-7161.
Every Wednesday 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 16th at 11 am join Jennifer and her wee one for a hike and picnic lunch at Sunol. We’ll walk along the well maintained Camp Ohlone Road to the Little Yosemite area for a picnic lunch seeing the early-season emergence of wildflowers. There are great rocks and waterfalls in this area. Any stroller should work. Bring your own lunches. Dogs welcome. Meet at the gate for the Camp Ohlone Road, at the end of the park road. Directions and information about Sunol can be found at Bay Area Hiker’s Website (http://www.bahiker.com/eastbayhikes/sunol.html) and East Bay Parks’ Website (http://www.ebparks.org/parks/sunol). Once you enter the park continue straight and park near Leyden Flats or Alameda Grove; the hike begins at the end of the road. If you’re running late, call Jennifer at (408) 470-0463.
Thursday, April 16th at 4:30 pm we’ll meet for a Toddler Trek at Mount Madonna in Watsonville. Come for a short toddler-friendly hike along Miller Nature Trail, past Miller House Ruins. Toddlers will be encouraged to walk, run, and explore along this shaded dirt trail; a jogging stroller or backpack/carrier are appropriate, for non-walking children. Meet at the Miller Nature Trail parking lot (near the ranger station), at the Lower Miller Trail trailhead. To get to Mt. Madonna County Park, take the Hecker Pass/Highway 153 Exit from Highway 101. After about 9.5 miles on Highway 153 at the junction with Pole Line Road, turn right to take the main entrance into the park. Drive towards the ranger station. Bring a few dollars to pay for parking. If you’re running late, call Debbie at 650-776-1082. This is a Santa Clara County Healthy Trails (http://www.parkhere.org/portal/site/parks/) outing.
Most Fridays at 10 am join Becky and her wee one for a brisk hike at the Stanford Dish in Stanford/Palo Alto. Meet just inside the gate at the Stanford Avenue/Junipero Serra Intersection. All baby transport works. For more information about the trail or directions, see The Stanford Dish Page (http://www.strollerhikes.com/Hikes/StanfordDish/StanfordDish.html). If you’re running late, call Becky at 408-693-1842.
Friday, April 17th at 1 pm join Angie for “Birds and Babies.” This free Santa Clara Open Space Authority Event includes a leisurely hike at Ulistac Natural Area in Santa Clara, with bird watching. The event will last a little more than an hour and is open to all ages. The trails here are suitable for medium and large-wheeled strollers, and toddlers are welcome to walk. Meet at the South entrance of the park. For more information about the park or directions, see The Ulistac Page (http://www.strollerhikes.com/Hikes/Ulistac/Ulistac.html). Please e-mail trogoway@… or call 408-224-7476, so they know to expect you.
-Debbie and little Max