John Lennon’s would-be 70th birthday is Saturday, so the media is flooded with
remembrances of the pop icon. While some relish in the artist’s experimentation
with sound, public displays of affection, and chemical use, he is often best
remembered for his attention towards a more peaceful, balanced world. His song,
“Imagine” gets at this idea.

I took time to share the song’s premise with my 4-year-old, Max, to see if he
could come up with his own lyrics.

I said (quoting Lennon): “Imagine all the people, living life in peace.”

He said: “Imagine all the people, driving semi trucks. No – driving cement

I said(quoting Lennon): “Imagine all the people, sharing all the world.”

He said: “Imagine all the people, sharing pizza for dinner. That would have to
be a really big pizza.”

I turned to my 4-month old, Holly and sang the rest of Lennon’s song: “You may
say that I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join
us, and the world will live as one.”

Holly just smiled and said “coo”. I think she meant “cool” in a beatnik sort of

Here are this week’s events:

Monday runs have been canceled by Debbie due to time constraints. If you’d
like to lead runs or other activities, please e-mail us at

Monday, October 11th at 11 am join Amy B. and little James and Sadie for a hike
and picnic 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, or just outside of it if it is closed for construction. Bring a
carrier or a jogging stroller for wee ones. Sorry, no dogs allowed. Bring a
picnic for your family. For directions or more information about the area, see
The Alviso / Don Edwards Page
( Call Amy at
408-368-7161 if you’re running late. This is a Santa Clara County Healthy Trails
( outing.

Monday, October 11th at 4:30 pm Toddler Trek has been cancelled this week.

No Tuesday 2 PM hike this week.

Wednesday, October 13th at 9:15 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 parking lot, next to the bathrooms (follow the park road to the right
and downhill). For more information or directions, see the Rancho San Antonio
Sorry, dogs not allowed. This hike is at least half shaded. Lisa, Samuel, and
little Shira will lead this hike. If you’re running late, call Lisa at

Thursday, October 14th at 4:30 pm join Debbie, little Max, and wee Holly for a
Toddler Trek at Ed Levin Park in Milpitas. Bring a fishing pole for the toddlers
and we’ll take a break to try to catch a fish. No license required – but only
children can fish here. We’ll release anything we catch. We’ll encourage
toddlers to run, walk, and explore as we hike around Spring Valley Pond along
Nature Trail. We’ll talk about fishing and the role of fish in this ecosystem,
where ducks and zooplankton are prevalent. To get there, take Hwy 680 East and
exit at Calaveras Road, then follow signs to the park. Park at the far end of
the parking lot to the right of the ranger office/visitor center, then meet near
the trailhead for Nature Trail. Bring a few dollars to pay for parking. If you
are running late, call Debbie at 650-776-1082. This is a Santa Clara County
Healthy Trails ( outing.

Friday, October 15th at 9:30 am join Melissa and Maxwell for a Stroller Hike at
Shoreline Park in Mountain View/Palo Alto at 3070 N. Shoreline Blvd. The trail
is paved, so it’s great for all strollers or kid carriers. Meet at the lake next
to where the sailboats are kept (to the right of the cafe / bathrooms building)
in Shoreline Park. There are plenty of play structures and a beach for toddlers
– we’ll stop to play after the hike! Sorry, no dogs allowed. For information
about the park and directions, see Shoreline Park Page
( and Emily
Renzel/Byxbee Page ( If
you’re running late, call Melissa at 650-224-5461.

On the third Saturday of every month, at 10:30 am join Bike Buddies for a Family
Friendly Bike Ride through downtown San Carlos. The ride will last up to an
hour. For more information, see’s Website


-Debbie, Max, and wee Holly

p.s. If you’d like to take more time for yourself to imagine, and can get away
from the family for a while, consider joining one of our board members, Julianne
Rice, for a Women’s Retreat called Into the Heart at the Land of Medicine Buddha
in Soquel. Julianne is a wonderful, warm woman and yoga teacher, and you’re
sure to leave this retreat refreshed, lighter, and with a quiet head! For more
information, see

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