Back Weekly Stroller Hikes Events – Teaching Respect, Routine, and Creativity (1)

Hello Mommies and Daddies!

We’ve been facing the discipline dilemma at home recently. Some people say we’re just hitting those “terrible twos” late, but regardless of the “cause” we’re actively seeking a way to manage this issue. Most discipline problems come from those times when mom/dad say…, but Max doesn’t have a lot of choice nor does he see immediate return on his activities. So we’ve begun introducing more choices and providing some very clear consequences well before we hear the screaming. We came to our conclusions based on parameters he is consistently well behaved in. Max loves his routines that involve other guests, allow him creative control, and give him a chance to show off his knowledge, respect for the natural world, or physical aptitude. As the muse that drove the development of Stroller Hikes in 2006, Max continues to look forward to hikes each week; he still relishes in his opportunity to explore natural spaces, greet the critters he sees on his treks, and get a good physical workout with others. It will take some work on our part to “Maxify” otherwise mundane daily tasks, but we’re hoping for a big return on our investment (oh, for a day without tantrums!). For instance, Max will help prepare at least one of his meals per day, now, and a sticker chart on our fridge will help us make daily decisions together about if he should be rewarded with a trip to the library, flashlight walk, or ½ hour TV show.

We hope Stroller Hikes has been helping you have positive family experiences outdoors, as well. Here are this week’s events:

Monday, June 1st 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: For more information about the trail, see the John W Christian Greenbelt Webpage ( If you’re running late, call Amy at 650-207-6556.

Tuesday, June 2nd 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 ( If you’re running late, call Loren at 831-227-6737.

Tuesday, June 2nd at 2 pm Amy B. and her wee ones will lead 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 ( Call Amy at 408-368-7161 if you’re running late.

Wednesday, June 3rd 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 ( 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, June 4th at 10 am come for a hike with Jennifer and her wee one at Sanborn Park just beyond Saratoga. We’ll look for signs of summer in a forest ecosystem! Meet outside the YSI building, marked very clearly as you enter the park from Sanborn Road (the main park entrance). Baby carriers or backpacks are best, if children are not good walkers. After you pass the parking payment area, make your first right and park in that parking lot. For directions or more information about the area, see The Sanborn-Skyline Webpage ( If you’re running late, call Jennifer at (408) 470-0463.

Thursday, June 4th at 4:30 pm come out for a Toddler Trek at Stevens Creek Dam which is part of Stevens Creek Park in Cupertino. Toddlers will be encouraged to walk and explore this region around the Stevens Creek Reservoir. A quarry is just across the street, so the dam is perfect for big work truck viewing! (Max’s uncle works for a big work truck company, so we’ll come with a lot of pictures of different trucks, so we can identify what we see.) We’ll talk about different rocks and where the trucks deliver the rocks and what they are for. We’ll also explore along a trail that goes around two sides of the reservoir – maybe we’ll see newts, frogs, ducks, and other interesting animals. Non-walking children should come in carriers or backpacks. To get to the park, take Foothill Expressway into the Cupertino Hills until you see the reservoir on your left; Foothill Expressway will become Stevens Canyon Road – the parking area is on the reservoir-side of Stevens Canyon Road, just prior to a junction with Montebello Road. Park in the lot (if you want to pay) or just outside the lot (if you don’t want to pay) immediately off the left side of the Stevens Canyon Road, just above the reservoir. If you’re running late, call Debbie at 650-776-1082.

Saturday, June 6th at 8:30 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 ( 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.


-Debbie and little Max

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