Weekly Stroller Hikes Events – Discovery! (1)

Hello Mommies and Daddies-

We never stop discovering and learning!

I recall vividly the day when Max, in his few months of age, first saw a squirrel high among the trees on a hike to Lexington Reservoir, along Los Gatos Creek Trail, and his fascination with critters has not wavered. Two weeks ago after our Toddler Trek to Sanborn Park, we stopped at Lexington Reservoir Park, to visit the side of the reservoir that was entirely depleted of water last summer, to see how it was doing, in its refilled state. There is a little footpath from the parking area off Black Road down to the reservoir, where Max marveled at every hole and crack, wondering who might live below, and giggled incessantly when I’d launch him into the air to keep him moving along (he could have inspected those holes for hours). At the water’s edge, we were delighted to find hundreds of nickel-sized frogs. I was taken back to summers at Waldo Lake in Oregon, when my sister, brother, and I would canoe out to a tiny little island covered with hundreds of the same little frogs – it was great fun to scoop them up for close inspection and listen to their songs if we were still enough to convince them that our adolescent threat had gone. At the last Toddler Trek, we visited the reservoir at Stevens Creek Dam, and the kids marveled at the lightness of voluminous beached logs that became stacked high into a tower, the near perfect roundness of capless acorns, the ripples as rocks were tossed into the water, and the stream of bubbles coming from beneath the water – could it be freshwater mollusks, shrimp, or larvae? We’ll never know (digging was not fruitful), but the excitement of discovery made the trip entirely worthwhile. We hope you made your own discoveries last week, and this week presents you with new ones as well.

Thank you to everyone who used the Yahoo Stroller Hikes Group poll to indicate interest in attending our events last week – it is helpful for our planning purposes! Related to planning, you’ll notice that Toddler Treks may be moving – see the note for Thursday below.

This week’s events:

Monday, June 8th 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, June 9th 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, June 9th at 2 pm Amy B. and her wee ones will lead a hike at Sunnyvale Baylands Park. This trail is entirely paved, so any stroller will work! Meet next to the recycled water test garden (take a left after entering the park). For more information or directions, see the Baylands Page (http://www.strollerhikes.com/Hikes/BaylandsPark/BaylandsPark.html). The park charges a fee for parking this time of year; for free parking, park at the baseball park next door, then walk a short distance along the sidewalk to enter the park. If you’re running late, call Amy at 408-368-7161.

Wednesday, June 10th 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, June 11th at 10 am, Jennifer and little Kayla will lead a short hike and bird watching at Palo Alto Baylands. Meet by Lucy Evans Interpretive Center. There are wide flat trails here that are paved or dirt, so most strollers should work fine. Walking children also welcome! For directions or more information about the area, see The Palo Alto Baylands Page (http://www.strollerhikes.com/Hikes/PABaylands/PABaylands.html). If you’re running late, call Jennifer at 408-470-0463.

Thursday, June 11th at 4:30 pm no Toddler Trek is scheduled. Debbie’s got several summer jobs, so needs to see how they fill the week, before she resumes Toddler Treks. If you would like to share your opinion about some locations or times for Toddler Treks, please do so by replying to this e-mail (replies go only to Debbie). They will not occur on Mondays or Wednesdays, but other days are open for consideration.

Friday, June 12th at 8 am Loren and little Angelo will lead a hike at Almaden Quicksilver County Park. Backpacks, baby carriers, or jogging strollers will work on this dirt trail. Meet at the Hicks/Wood Road Park Entrance parking lot, over a mile past Almaden Reservoir off Hicks Road. To get there, exit onto South Almaden Expressway from Highway 85. Travel seven miles on Almaden Expressway, then turn right onto Almaden Road. Turn onto Alamitos Road, passing Almaden Reservoir. Turn right onto Hicks Road, then turn right at the intersection of Hicks, Wood, and Umuinhum Road into the parking lot. Loren will lead a hike down Wood Road Trail. We’ll turn back to return the way we came, after seeing the Rotary Furnace near the intersection with Hidalgo Cemetery Trail and Yellow Kid Trail. 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.

Keep discovering!

– Debbie and little Max

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