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San Francisco East Bay: 10 Great Paved Trails for Stroller Walks, Runs and Kid Bike Rides

The San Francisco East Bay has an abundance of paved trails, all excellent for stroller walks, runs and bike rides with the kids.  Here are ten of my favorites! Nimitz Way, Inspiration Point, Tilden Regional Park:  This was a favorite of ours during our stroller-walking days.  The trail over rolling hills begins at the Inspiration Point parking lot, on Wildcat Canyon Road (between Orinda and … Continue reading San Francisco East Bay: 10 Great Paved Trails for Stroller Walks, Runs and Kid Bike Rides

Camping: Juniper Campground, Mount Diablo State Park

Mount Diablo is the perfect place for those of you in the Bay Area who want a quick mountain escape, but who aren’t up for the three-four hours it takes to get to the Sierra Nevada’s.  At 3000 feet elevation, the views from Juniper Campground are stunning.  Of course, this is also a great campground for those from out of the area, looking for an … Continue reading Camping: Juniper Campground, Mount Diablo State Park

Camping: San Mateo Memorial Park

OK, I have to admit, I absolutely love camping and hiking in the redwoods.  There’s something about those trees… so huge, ancient, beautiful, peaceful.  I already have a few favorite campgrounds located in the coastal redwoods, but now I have a new one to add to my list… San Mateo Memorial Park, located in the mountains above Pescadero, between Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz.  … Continue reading Camping: San Mateo Memorial Park

Sibley: A Volcano, A Labyrinth, & Gorgeous Views

Did you know there’s a volcano right here in the San Francisco East Bay?  Yep, Round Top, a volcano so long extinct that it’s now lying on its side, is located in Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve in the Berkeley Hills.  On Sunday, I enjoyed a fun Mother’s Day hike around the Round Top Loop Trail with my husband and son.  For being such a short … Continue reading Sibley: A Volcano, A Labyrinth, & Gorgeous Views

Connecting Kids With Nature: How Grandparents Can Help

Are you a grandparent who would like to help connect your grandchild(ren) with the natural world?  Check out these great tips from Richard Louv…  Grand Ideas!  21 Great Ways Grandparents and Grandfriends Can Connect Kids to Nature.  What wonderful ways to bond! My dad and my son, then three, gardening together (Tip #9:  Create a Grand Garden)… Continue reading Connecting Kids With Nature: How Grandparents Can Help

Fun! Great American Backyard Campout

The Great American Backyard Campout is coming up on June 22nd, 2013. It’s time to start planning now! What is the Great American Backyard Campout? It’s an event created by the National Wildlife Federation and their “Be Out There” campaign to reconnect kids with nature and the outdoors. On the 4th Saturday of every June, thousands of families will head outdoors for a night of … Continue reading Fun! Great American Backyard Campout

Create-With-Nature Earth Day Celebration: Sand Globes

Photos of my husband and son making sand globes, from the Create-With-Nature Earth Day Celebration, 2013, at Stinson Beach, California.  Instruction was provided.  Apparently, once these are made, they’ll keep indefinitely, as long as they are misted with water daily.  We won’t be able to find out… my son had fun using the ones they made as “snowballs”.  Most of the orbs were incorporated into … Continue reading Create-With-Nature Earth Day Celebration: Sand Globes

Create-With-Nature Earth Day Celebration: Beach Labyrinth

Photos of the labyrinth created in the sand, from the Create-With-Nature Earth Day Celebration, 2013, at Stinson Beach, California.  Usually, these are made for meditation, but that’s not how my five-year-old used it.  He had so much fun running around and around and around the winding path.  Either way, the design was appropriate for the celebration… I read somewhere that the Hopi considered labyrinths to … Continue reading Create-With-Nature Earth Day Celebration: Beach Labyrinth

Thank you! Top 25 Outdoorsy Moms 2013

Thank you to everyone who put in votes for me in the Circle of Moms Top 25 Outdoorsy Moms 2013 contest.  The contest ended today, and I’m in the top twenty-five!  Thank you, thank you, thank you! There were so many wonderful nature-loving mom-bloggers entered in the contest.  Here are my favorites (in no particular order).  I love what all these moms are doing to … Continue reading Thank you! Top 25 Outdoorsy Moms 2013

Please vote for me! Top 25 Outdoorsy Moms 2013 Contest

I’ve been entered in the Circle of Mom’s “Top 25 Outdoorsy Moms 2013” contest.  In order to be placed in the top 25, I need your help.  Please take a moment to vote.. it will truly only take a few seconds of your time! Click on this link… http://www.circleofmoms.com/top25/Top-25-Outdoorsy-Moms-2013 Scroll down to find “A Nature Mom” Click the “heart” symbol in my blog section That’s … Continue reading Please vote for me! Top 25 Outdoorsy Moms 2013 Contest

Weely Photo Challenge: Resolved

I don’t really do resolutions, so this challenge has been a tough one for me. Philosophy When I was twenty-three, I had a month of solitude. During this quiet period, I came up with my “meaning of life.”  I was able to distil the meaning of life (for me) into two parts.  One is to be a lifelong learner, to be continually evolving and open, … Continue reading Weely Photo Challenge: Resolved

Top 5 Nature Activity Books for Families

Looking for a book filled with activities and advice to help you get into nature with your kids?  I’ve listed five of my favorites here.  I refer to these often in my daily outdoor activities with my now 5-year-old, and have been using a couple of these books since he was two or three.  While it’s important to provide children with lots of free playtime … Continue reading Top 5 Nature Activity Books for Families

Article: 6 Tips for Outdoor Adventures with Kids

My article about getting outside for a hiking adventure with the kids has been featured on The Roundup at Circle of Moms! To read the article and pick up some tips about how to have a fun family hike, click on over to Circle of Moms here… 6 Tips for Outdoor Adventures with Kids. Happy hiking! Continue reading Article: 6 Tips for Outdoor Adventures with Kids

Please Vote for Me! Top 25 Photographer Moms 2012

I’ve been entered in the Circle of Mom’s Top 25 Photographer Moms contest.  In order to be placed in the top 25, I need your help.  Please take a moment to vote.. it will truly only take a few seconds of your time! Click on this link… http://www.circleofmoms.com/top25/Top-25-Photographer-Moms-2012 Scroll down to find “A Nature Mom” Click the “thumbs up” symbol next to my blog That’s … Continue reading Please Vote for Me! Top 25 Photographer Moms 2012

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First Time Camping with Kids? 5 Tips!

It’s that time of year when parents with young children are beginning to plan that very first camp trip with their young child.  Now I don’t know about you, but I’ve read a ton of articles about camping with kids.  What can possible be added to the discussion?  I have a few extra tips for that very first overnight camp trip specific to camping with … Continue reading First Time Camping with Kids? 5 Tips!

The Arboretum at UC Santa Cruz

For Mother’s Day, I wanted to explore someplace new with my husband and our son.  I reviewed my “to-see” list, considered outings in the Marin Headlands and San Francisco, and decided, instead, that it would be a great day for a visit to The Arboretum at the University of California Santa Cruz.   And I’m so glad we did! The collections at The Arboretum are … Continue reading The Arboretum at UC Santa Cruz

Gardening with Grandpa

Over the weekend, we went to Sacramento to help my parents plant their vegetable garden.  The garden has historically been my mom’s project.  However, as my parents have become older (they are now entering their 80’s), the yard work has become more difficult for them.  My mom uses a walker, and getting down to the garden, as well as bending down to do the work, … Continue reading Gardening with Grandpa