What it looked like

We walked off all that turkey at Coyote Hills yesterday and it looked a little bit like this:

We were 30 kids, parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and friends. We found some things that we know and love from past visits, and some new things too. But we didn't see as many birds as I anticipated because (I'm guessing) the marsh was drained of its water (which I'm curious about, too). We did see a white tailed kite, mallard ducks, one big white pelican, and a ton of little brown jobs

Coyote Hills is a great place to go with bikes, for friends who live in the East Bay and South Bay to meet, and to meander on boardwalks and in old salt ponds. But note, it's different than Coyote Point. That one word can make a big difference.

We have some ideas for upcoming walks and we'll post them here on this website and on Facebook. So stay tuned!


Walk it off

I love Thanksgiving. It's a national holiday based on values I can support (gratitude, family, food, being together). The problem is that afterwards I feel like a blimp. So...

Let's go outside! Join us on Friday, November 29 at 10:30am at Coyote Hills Regional Park. We usually venture out to the salt ponds there in the summer in an attempt to cool down. But the place is full of over-wintering birds this time of year and so we are going to stretch the legs and find some birds. We'll make lists of the biggest birds, the smallest birds, the funniest birds, and any other birds that we find. We'll bring bird books and geek out on bird trivia.

We'll look for fish in the marsh. We'll soak up some Vitamin D. We'll peak through the fence at the Ohlone village. And we'll eat lunch somewhere. Turkey sandwiches optional.

See our previous adventures there. See how to get there. We'll meet in front of the visitor center and walk from there. Bring water, food, sun protection, and something to sit on for a picnic. We'll walk but bring bikes for afterwards if you want. Also, bring friends and family.

Lastly, it's forecasted to rain on Wednesday and/or Thursday. If it's looking wet and not so fun, I'll post something here and on Facebook at 8am on Friday morning.

Hope to see you outside!


We're taking a survey!

Hop over to Facebook and let us know if you're up for a Green Friday (otherwise known in our consumer-centric culture as Black Friday) outing. Or tell us if you're interested in the comments here. Or pass us a note in class. However you can, tell us if you're game!


Introducing Point Molate

It was a Friday morning and one of my kids didn't have school. I had read about this new park and wanted to check it out. So off we went to Point Molate.

It's not a big beach and it's a 50 yard walk from the car to the water. And it's nothing fancy. But we had fun and the kid has asked to go back. The view of the bridge and Marin is beautiful. We found tons of sea glass and shells. We also found two skulls: one from a big bird and one from a tiny one. It was fun to explore a new part of the East Bay and it was fun to see the bay from a new perspective. And the kid scored 17 points in our game of baseball with a piece of driftwood and a tree knot for a ball.

Here are directions. We say go check it out, just for fun.