Maiden voyage

We ventured to Point Pinole on Sunday and spent some time on the beach in the wind. Wind is good for sailing and so we put together a raft and set sail. Sticks, shells and sea glass were the main materials. Duct tape and garden twine (not sure what it's called, really) held it all together. 

It was muddy out there and so a pier was built.

And there it sailed! We watched it bop and bob to the north until it was out of sight. I like pretending that a family on the other side of the point was splashing in the water and this suddenly appeared...

Inspiration for this really fun experiment came from Imagine Childhood. Sarah put together a very thoughtful and creative book, in which we have stuck about 100 post-it-notes for projects we want to do this summer. Personally I want to build more boats... that was fun!

Our next Outside Kids adventure will be September 8 at Redwood Regional Park. Or maybe somewhere else, we'll see what the mood is in late August. School will have just started and we'll need to go outdoors. In the meantime, have a great summer!



This is one reason why:

One thing that I love about spending time with children is the possibility of the binoculars that 
Neil deGrasse Tyson describes. Who knows what they'll take to, find fascinating, or change their lives forever. All I know is that it's fun to follow them and see the world through their eyes.


School's out!

Well, almost. We're going outside on Sunday, June 16 at 10:30am and we're headed to Point Pinole. For Berkeley schools that's two days after the last day of school. If you get out earlier or later or don't go to school yet, come in the spirit of the beginning of summer. We'll dance and sing and yell and shake our booties.

We're going to Point Pinole which I've written about 100 times before. Here's what it looks like:

Join us in the parking lot at 10:30am. We'll walk up across the bridge, look for trains, then head on the Coastal Trail until the trail makes a sharp right heading inland. We'll turn left down to the beach where we'll find treasures of some kind. Or many kinds. We'll have lunch. And we'll head back when we need to.

More about how Outside Kids works is here. Bring a change of clothes in case we get wet. Shoes okay to walk in water are a good thing. Directions to Point Pinole are here.