A little different, but just as much fun

Our next outing is going to be a little different. It will be a little closer to home and with a benefit greater than the benefits we usually offer (getting outside, seeing friends, mice bones, etc).

 Look at little Benny! 

On Saturday, February 9 at 10:30am we're headed to Sibley Regional Volcanic Preserve and the outing will benefit a really special preschool, Children's Community Center (CCC). Alex went to CCC and now Benny is there. The kids aren't the only ones who "go" to CCC - the whole family goes to CCC. I volunteer there once a week to dig in the sand, make snack, clean up fabulous messes, and sing songs. I'm also on the Board which I really enjoy. We have friends who we'll be friends with forever because of CCC. John told me that he volunteered at a Buildings & Grounds workday last weekend. The teachers are amazing and the sense of community is incredible. We love the place.

So here's how it'll work at this slightly different Outside Kids. The suggested donation for adults is $10 and for kids is $5. If you want to give more, awesome. If that's more than your budget can allow, that's cool too. Just come. We're going outside and exploring and it'll be fun.

We'll meet in the parking lot at 10:30am. Bring lunch and water and good walking shoes. That's all you need. If you want to sign up because signing up is something you like to do, CCC is handling registration here.

We'll walk to some labyrinths and we'll walk in circles in/around them. We'll think about volcanoes and what they might really look like. We'll watch for birds and we'll definitely see cows. And the hills will look different than the pictures above - that was July. This will be February.

If the weather is looking very wet, I'll post a go-no-go decision here on this website on Friday, February 8. More about Outside Kids over here. Directions to Sibley can be found here. Hope to see you on February 9!



Today 44 people - the youngest being 9 weeks old - ventured out to Morgan Territory to soak up some sun and do some exploring. If you're looking for something to do on a sunny winter or spring day, my advice is to go to Morgan Territory. Here's why:

While we found Olivia's tree, we didn't find any owl pellets or the owl. We did find many bones including a nice back bone or tail bone of some small critter. And we found an old bottle that we theorized is from the gold rush. Why not?

From the parking lot you can do a short loop on Volvon, Blue Oak and Condor trails if you're wanting to go counter clockwise. Clockwise works too. Just go, it's worth it.

Our next outing will be February 9 at Sibley if the weather allows. Stay tuned for more details.


To the Territory we go!

Will you go outside with us on January 20? That's this coming Sunday and we're headed to the Morgan Territory. We'll meet at the parking lot on Morgan Territory Road at 10:30am. And we'll head off on an adventure.

I hope that Olivia is coming and that we can return to the tree she found where an owl lives:

Under that tree were an estimated 75 owl pellets and a million rodent bones. It was awesome! We'll run around and stomp in mud and explore and jump off rocks and find cool old branches and generally have fun.

Morgan Territory is one of my favorites for Outside Kids. It's a bit of a drive for most of us but it's like traveling to another place and time where all your stresses and worries float away. I don't want to over-hype it in case you hate it, but, well, it's the best ever.

Bring lunch and water and warm clothes. We'll find the sun and we'll move a lot but it's forecasted to be cold. Directions can be found here (click on Plan Trip to Here). Questions about how this all works can be found here.