Reaching the intended destination of any hike is an achievement. The best reward? Gorgeous views all to ourselves. Interested in going? You’ll find info here…. Yosemite Hikes: Gaylor Lakes *** The challenge? Weekly Photo Challenge: Achievement Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Achievement
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 the outdoors with my family and friends. For now, I … Continue reading Happy Holidays!
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
Post-Hike Relaxation.. Hike: Mono Pass, Yosemite Continue reading Silent Saturday: Chillin’ at the Campsite
My favorite companions? My husband and son! Hint: If you ever want to have Glacier Point in Yosemite all to yourself, visit while it’s raining… *** WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable
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
Photo taken June 6th, 2013 San Mateo Memorial Park, California *** See… Camping: San Mateo Memorial Park Continue reading Joy: Camping with Friends
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
My husband and I were married at Glacier Point in Yosemite, after sunset, just as the full moon was rising over the mountains. As we waited for the sun to set and the moon to rise, a friend caught me and my soon-to-be husband kissing. Photo of a Photo Autumn, 2003 Glacier Point, Yosemite *** WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Kiss Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Kiss
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
I started running three years ago in order to keep up with my son. I wish I were faster!! How do you keep up with your kids? Photo taken January 2nd, 2013 Redwood Regional Park Continue reading He Rides, I Run
My little Wanpanoag is ready for the feast! For those of you in the U.S., enjoy your time with family and friends today. Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving!
One of my favorite places to walk with my son… the Botanical Garden at UC Berkeley. He leads. I follow. Interested in what we saw on this visit to the gardens? Check out these posts… Flowers (October) Garden (Fence) The Newts are Back Weekly Photo Challenge: Big Continue reading Silent Saturday: UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley
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
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
The highlight of the weekend for my son? A Sunday afternoon bike ride with his dad…. While my husband and son were riding, I enjoyed a nice, quiet walk through the redwoods. Lovely…. Location: Redwood Regional Park, Oakland Continue reading Family Time: A Ride in the Redwoods
We enjoyed a lovely visit with my mom this weekend. A few photos from our walks around the yard… Continue reading Plums, Pomegranates, Play, and More!
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
My mom’s birthday was this week, and this is for her. Happy 81st, Mom! Happy Saturday to everyone else! Continue reading A Saturday Morning
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!
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
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