We beat the heat in Alameda Creek at the Sunol Regional Wilderness this past Saturday. We explored, found frogs, saw fish, threw rocks, made sticks into all kinds of things, found a cow's vertabra, splashed water, and so much more. 

Playing in water is so good for us for so many reasons. Next Outside Kids we'll go to Point Pinole where we'll play in the San Pablo Bay. It will be Sunday, June 24 at 10:30am. Bring your fishing poles (real or imagined).


This Saturday

This Saturday we're headed to the Sunol Regional Wilderness. Follow signs to the Old Green Barn Visitor Center and then walk across the big meadow to your right (as you're facing the barn) towards the foot bridge. We'll be there at 10:30.

Important! Every time we go we wish we had some kind of water shoes. They can be shoes that market themselves as "water shoes" or just shoes you don't mind wearing in the water. But the rocks are uncomfortable on the feets. I'm very good at packing things like this for my kids, but then forgetting to do it for myself. So bring water shoes for the grown-ups, too. (John, help me remember please).

More about how this works can be found here. Directions are below. More about Sunol is here. Weather forecast is beautiful. It's spring. Let's go!


Directions to Sunol

Drive east on I-580 to the junction with I-680 in Pleasanton. At the junction, go south on I-680 and exit at Calaveras Road/Highway 84 just south of the town of Pleasanton. Turn left onto Calaveras Road and proceed to Geary Road, which leads directly into the park. After the kiosk (bring $5!) turn left towards the Old Green Barn Visitor Center. There's also parking straight ahead.


Game on

If there were ever a time to go outside, really outside, that time is now in the Bay Area. If you're shlepping between house and office and house and school, then you might not know. But there are some big beautiful wide open spaces right now that aren't too far away. Hills are green. Creeks are flowing. Wildflowers are blooming all over the place. Birds are singing. It's not too hot and it's not too cold and the fog isn't here yet and it's just perfect. Seriously, it's time to go outside.

If you're a challenge kind of person then I have a challenge for you. If you're a warm and fuzzy person then I have an invitation. I challenge and/or invite you to do the following 3 things in the next 2 weeks:

1) Listen to a creek. Close your eyes and be still and listen.
2) Look at a wildflower. Get down and really look at it.
3) Pee outside. Assuming you're law-abiding, this means going really outside to a big beautiful wide open space.

Our next Outside Kids will be Saturday, May 12 at 10:30am at Sunol Regional Wilderness. And there you can easily complete this challenge and/or accept this invitation. We go there every year about this time. We meet at the foot bridge. We cross over the bridge and turn left. We walk until the trail ends and then we go a little further. Just down the way is an open clearing on Alameda Creek that is perfect for the challenge/invitation described above (the peeing to take place away from the creek and in whatever privacy you need to have).

On our way back we'll stop at the visitor center. It's cool in there. Sometimes the rangers have animals to touch and ask questions about. We will search in the bone box for that deer jaw bone we left there last year.

Come on, come all. It's time to go outside. More about how this Outside Kids thing works can be found here. Definitely bring extra clothes on this one.

Note: this is a Saturday, not a Sunday as we usually do it. Sunday, May 13 is Mother's Day and I'm not going to compete with that.

Another note: these pictures are from last year's trip to Sunol. It was June. Let's start a little wager that it'll be greener on May 12, shall we?

Getting there: 
Transit and Trails

More about it:
East Bay Regional Park District