As part of our homeschool studies last year, we did a unit on Alfred Hitchcock movies. One of our favorite Hitchcock films was The Birds. Of course, while in Bodega Bay, we had to check out some of the places filmed in the movie, such as the schoolhouse and the church. But the highlight of the trip was our hike on the Bodega Head Trail…
The scent of the redwoods…. one of my favorite things. This is my happy place…
One of my favorite things from this holiday season? My daily hikes and walks with my son. These are from our New Year’s Day hike. Happy New Year!
Keeping healthy and sane with local daily hikes and neighborhood walks during this period of social distancing….
Autumn: Bishop Ranch Regional Preserve, San Ramon, CA
To capture a fleeting moment….. but aren’t they all? The challenge? WordPress Photography 101: Moment
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
We’re still here, getting out and about as much as we always have. All is good! I’ve simply been preoccupied lately with getting my piano studio up and running and looking for a new house. Here are a few photos of the cool things we saw on our walk today near our home in theContinue reading “All is Good!”
Looking for a great trail to hike with young kids in San Ramon? At under two miles, with a variety of scenery, this is one of my favorites spots in the region for a quick escape into nature! Photos taken February 19th, 2014 *** Las Trampas Regional Wilderness, San Ramon, California I’ve written about thisContinue reading “Las Trampas: Bollinger Creek Loop Trail”
Winter or Summer? Dublin Hills Regional Park, California Photos taken January 23rd, 2014
Bishop Ranch Regional Preserve, San Ramon, California Photos taken January 17th, 2014
Within moments of beginning my walk around the grounds of the UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley this morning, I began to experience that wonderful feeling of peace and calmness that washes over me me when I’m out in nature. Whenever I begin to feel stressed, overwhelmed, quick to anger, or anxious, I’ve learned the bestContinue reading “Want to be Happier? Take a Walk in Nature”
Sunlight, Autumn Leaves Indian Joe Creek Trail, Sunol Regional Wilderness Photos taken November 30th, 2013 *** WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Let There Be Light!
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 forContinue reading “Chaparral Loop Trail: Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve”
Today was a beautiful day for a hike! Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, California Photo taken November 23rd, 2013
Saturday evening, we went on a fun “spooky night hike” at Coyote Hills Regional Park in Fremont. My son was looking forward to this event more than to trick-or-treating on Halloween night! Before sundown, we met with our hike leader (a naturalist / pirate), who gave the kids some safety tips before heading out. ThenContinue reading “Halloween Fun: Spooky Night Hike”
Due to the government shutdown during our visit to Yosemite National Park last week, we decided to head over to Mono Lake and hike the rim of a volcano instead! Panum Crater, located just off Highway 120 near the South Tufa Area of the Mono Lake Tufa State Reserve, is part of a chain ofContinue reading “Mono Lake: Panum Crater”
I can’t imagine a climbing log with a better view! On the Cypress Grove Trail… a 0.75 loop trail, perfect for hiking with kids. Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, California Photos taken September 15th, 2013
I have to admit, I don’t watch TV. And I haven’t seen many movies in the past several years. I do, on occasion, watch PBS specials and documentaries. I was thrilled, however, when I was offered the opportunity to review the documentary, Tell It on the Mountain: Tales from the Pacific Crest Trail. I receivedContinue reading “DVD Review: Tell It on the Mountain, Tales from the Pacific Crest Trail”
My son asked if we could hike at Dublin Hills Regional Park today, so we did! Photo taken August 26th, 2013