Window: A Room with a View

My son has been home sick for several days.  We’ve been looking out the window a lot. Here’s what we’ve been seeing (all photos taken from inside our home, through our back window)… Photos taken January 13th and 14th, 2014 WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge:  Window

Happy Holidays!

Instead of writing about our outdoor activities this month, I’ve been focusing on simply being present to the moment, soaking up the warmth of the season, despite the cold we experienced earlier in the month.  If you don’t hear from me much in the next few weeks, simply know I’m out there, enjoying nature and … More Happy Holidays!

It’s cold in California! Now let’s go play outside…

I’ve noticed a funny thing here in California (at least in the Bay Area).  When the temperature drops below 60F, kids disappear from the playgrounds.  This morning before school, the thermostat was still hovering around the freezing point, yet the kids who arrived early had a blast running around on the playground.  Really, parents, playing … More It’s cold in California! Now let’s go play outside…

Chaparral Loop Trail: Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve

The Chaparral Loop Trail at Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve in Antioch is a great trail to hike with kids.  First, the trail starts at the Greathouse Visitor Center, which, alone would be a great destination for a family with kids.  The visitor center is located within the mountain!  After exploring the visitor center for … More Chaparral Loop Trail: Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve

San Francisco: The Exploratorium

“The Exploratorium is a twenty-first-century learning laboratory, an eye-opening, always-changing, playful place to explore and tinker. For more than forty years, we’ve built creative, thought-provoking exhibits, tools, programs, and experiences that ignite curiosity, encourage exploration, and lead to profound learning.” – From the Exploratorium website ( The Exploratorium is the ultimate playground for the mind, … More San Francisco: The Exploratorium