Weekly Stroller Hikes Events – New Relationships (1)

Hello all-

Despite the downturn of the economy, creative spirit and natural energy are buzzing along, this spring. Stroller Hikes enlisted the help of several dozen ROP Graphic Arts high school students at Monta Vista High School in Cupertino to generate a new logo. What will it be? Decisions, decisions. You can check out the finalists by visiting www.strollerhikes.com/FinalLogoPossibilities.pdf and vote to pick your favorite(s) in the poll through this yahoo group. There will be some small modifications to the final one selected, in terms of final coloring, modification to the image to send a clearer message, and modification/addition of text.

On the same note, students have been applying for summer interships with Stroller Hikes, something that is bound to be fruitful with all of that young energy, eye for digital detail, and innovative spirit. As Stroller Hikes continues to grow, it’s also gaining partnerships with like-minded organizations. If you have your own suggestions about how Stroller Hikes should grow or reach out to others, please let us know by replying to this message (replies do not go to the whole group). If you would like to financially support Stroller Hikes as it continues to grow, please donate using the orange PayPal donation button at www.strollerhikes.com.

Here are this week’s events:

Monday, no hike is currently confirmed. I’ll send another e-mail if that changes.

Tuesday, April 7th at 9 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.

Wednesday, April 8th 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 9th at 4:30 pm we’ll meet for a Toddler Trek at Alviso Marina. 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, who will be encouraged to walk, run, and explore. We’ll talk about birds and where they live in the marshlands, as well as what they eat. Meet at the Marina Parking lot. For directions or more information about the area, see The Alviso / Don Edwards Page (http://www.strollerhikes.com/Hikes/Alviso/Alviso.html). Call Debbie at 650-776-8835 if you’re running late. This is a Santa Clara County Healthy Trails (http://www.parkhere.org/portal/site/parks/) outing.

Friday, April 10th at 10 am come out for a hike with Loren and little Angelo at Joseph D. Grant Park in San Jose. Come check out this historic park, containing a beautiful ranch house, several lakes, and a lot of wildlife. The park is at 18405 Mt. Hamilton Road, and can be accessed from Hwy 680’s Alum Rock Avenue exit; travel east on Alum Rock for 2.2 miles, then turn right on Mt. Hamilton Road. After about 7.5 miles on Mt. Hamilton Road, turn right to enter the park. Bring a few dollars to pay for parking, then park at the Stockman’s Area. Meet at the bathroom facility at the south end of Stockman’s parking lot. We’ll hike to the Hotel Trail via a 0.1 mile access trail, then turn left on Hotel Trail. We’ll cross Mt. Hamilton Road, then turn right on Yerba Buena Trail, crossing two gates before crossing over Mt. Hamilton Road again. We’ll continue the loop on Bass Lake Trail, then turn right onto Hotel Trail, staying right, to return to the parking lot. This is a 2.2 mile hike with some hills. If we want to extend the hike, we’ll visit Grant Lake after we finish this loop. If you’re running late, call Loren at 831-227-6737. This is a Santa Clara County Healthy Trails (http://www.parkhere.org/portal/site/parks/) outing.

Saturday, April 11th at 7:30 pm join Jennifer and Kayla for a full-moon hike at Coyote Lake-Harvey Bear Ranch Park 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. Rangers will welcome us, then 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.

Enjoy your week-
-Debbie and little Max

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