In light of this weeks tragedy in Paris, we only have control over how we interact with the world. Take the Tiny Treks Challenge and find a moment each day to be thankful.
Get outside and explore.
We are thankful for the changing of the seasons and the opportunity to get outside. Find a local spot where you can see some of the beauty of fall in the Bay Area. Whether you are pushing a baby in a stroller or taking a multi age family exploring, there are short and long hikes to go on all over the Bay Area. Here are some guided suggestions for five bay area hikes and things to do on the hikes.
- Huddart Park in Woodside- Is simply majestic. There are a lot of different hikes from all of their picnic areas. With small children we suggest parking by the Zweirlein Picnic Area. Listen to the crunching of the leaves. Do different shaped leaves have a different crunch?
- Twin Pines Park in Belmont- Start at the play structure, but take the 20 minutes to hike beyond it. Bring a snack there is another small play area with picnic tables just down the path. How many different trees can you find on your hike?
- Edgewood County Park- There are several hikes you can take from their meadow area. You must stay on trail at Edgewood there is poison oak off the trail. Count the birds nests high up in the trees as you hike.
- Pulgas Water Temple in Woodside- Is a lovely place to have a picnic and just relax after the short hike around the reflection pond. Climb up the little hill and roll down with your child.
- Sanborn County Park in Saratoga-Park by the Visitors Center. Just the drive into the park will make this a worthwhile trip. Sanborn has a lot of hiking options and is a beautiful spot. Collect and count acorns on the way. Can you find as many acorns as how old you are? Can they fit in your hand? How many acorns does each family member collect. Can you add up you and mom? You and dad? You can create fun hands on math problems with the acorns and the kids do not even realize they are learning.
I am grateful for the beauty all around me and the gift of freedom and time to enjoy and play with my family. Take the Tiny Treks challenge and count down 10 days of ways to be grateful. Pause in your day and think: what am I thankful for?