Weekly Stroller Hikes Events – Teaching Friendship (1)

Hello Mommies and Daddies!

Max was teaching his 2-year old friend, Robbie, to read last night. Max had not seen Robbie for over a year, so after initial shyness had passed, giving way to exposition (“Look at MY toys”), they finally shared in exploration of a pile of magazines. Robbie is bilingual, so amidst looking at motorcycles in a magazine, Max picked up some Italian. Max reciprocated by showing Robbie which direction to turn the magazine, showing him letters and words.

This late into the school year, I reflect on what I have successfully taught my high school students, and what could use some work for the upcoming school year. Watching Max learning and teaching within the bonds of friendship reinforces the age-old notion that efficient learning comes with trust, comfort, and contentment. From barely knowing names to anticipating actions of whole personalities, I’ve come to know and effectively teach my students. From assigning names to understanding otherwise cryptic actions to planning fruitful futures for our wee ones, we’re raising our best friends for life – our kids.

Come out for an event this week, and share some friendship, exercise, and learning experiences with and across families. Please use the Yahoo Group poll to indicate your plans to come; we use this data to plan future events. Here are this week’s events:

Monday, March 25th 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, March 26th 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, March 26th at 2 pm join Amy B. and her wee ones for a hike at Rancho San Antonio. We’ll do an almost entirely paved, flat path or a hilly, packed dirt route, depending on who attends. Both trails will go to the farm, and maybe past it. Any baby transport will work, and bikes or trikes can be used on the flat route. Meet at the upper parking lot where model airplanes are flown (just past the entrance, turn right, then left into the first parking area uphill from the lower two). 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. Call Amy at 408-368-7161 if you’re running late.

Wednesday, May 27th 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, May 28th at 10 am come for a hike along the paved mineral springs trail of Alum Rock Park for a little geology lesson and some history about this old spa region of San Jose. Meet by the YSI building. All types of strollers will work. For directions or more information about the area, see The Alum Rock Park Page (http://www.strollerhikes.com/Hikes/AlumRock/AlumRock.html). If you’re running late, call Jennifer at 408-470-0463.

Thursday, May 28th at 4:30 pm let’s meet for a Toddler Trek at Sanborn-Skyline Park beginning from Black Road on the Los Gatos Side. This is a different side to the park than Jennifer usually hikes. Toddlers will be encouraged to walk, run, and explore, as we trek down the wide fire road of John Nicholas Trail. We’ll talk about how trees grow and look for roots, bark, and stumps so we can find trees of all ages. There are some excellent examples of trees that were struck by lightening here, and erosion reveals deep roots, as well. Non-walking children can ride in any stroller or other baby transport. Meet at the small roadside parking spot off of Black (Mountain) Road 4 miles up to Skyline from its junction with Hwy 17 (I recommend taking Hwy 17 to get there – should be faster than doing Skyline unless you live in the hills). Call Debbie at 650-776-1082 if you’re running late. For more information about the trail and area, see the Sanborn-Skyline Park Page (http://www.strollerhikes.com/Hikes/SanbornSkyline/SkylineSanborn.html).

See you outside!
-Debbie and little Max

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