Trading Easter bunnies for wild rabbits


Easter is April 20 and that probably means that some of you will be searching for chocolates and eating eggs (or searching for eggs and eating chocolate) that day. So we'll go to Sunol on Saturday, April 26. Everything else I said here applies. Sorry for the whoopsies.


Rain means creeks means fun

It's almost time for our pilgrimage to Sunol and Alameda Creek that runs through it.

Join us to celebrate Earth Day by splashing in a creek, singing songs on top of a log, looking for bones, and generally loving our earth. We'll meet near the bridge (just after you pass the kiosk when you drive in) on Saturday, April 26 at 10:30am. Directions are here. How Outside Kids works is here.

We are going to try something new this year (we're feeling bold) and go right after crossing the bridge and walk up to Little Yosemite. It'll be about a 3 mile walk round trip with lots of chance to pull out and rest. More on the details soon.

When I asked our kids where we should go next for Outside Kids, they both yelled "Sunol!!" So there you have it. Join us.

PS: Too bad this is closed on weekends. I'm going to see if we can stop here on the way home. And I know that my traveling companions will want to go here afterwards.

PPS: Your homework is to read this. And this. And this is amazing.


What it looked like

A whole bunch of us - I never did count - went to Sibley today and this is what it looked like:

Want to go there yourself? Here are directions.

On April 20 we'll head to Sunol. And instead of turning left after the bridge, we'll turn right and head towards Little Yosemite. More on that later. For now, save the date.


It'll make you smarter

That's what the science says. According to this article, spending time outside is good for us in a lot of ways. And we're going to test it out tomorrow, Sunday, March 9 at 11am at Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve. The weather is forecasted to be glorious, the hills are green with new growth, and we're going to get smarter. What's not to like?

An added bonus for this edition of Outside Kids: we're asking for donations of $5/child and $10/adult to support the Children's Community Center scholarship fund. Donations of any size are welcome, those are just suggested. The park is big and we welcome everyone and anyone. Cash and check will be accepted. We're not set up for Bitcoin just yet.

We'll meet at 11am in the parking lot on Skyline Blvd. Bring water to drink, food to eat, sun protection if you are into that kind of thing, comfortable walking shoes, and a bunch of curiosity. I'll have maps and will leave extras on our silver Prius for anyone coming late. We'll walk in circles, imagine volcanoes under our feet, and marvel at how cool it is that this park is smack dab in the middle of all those houses and cities. More about this Outside Kids thing over here.


This Sunday and Sibley

The plan is to go to Sibley this Sunday, March 9 at 11am. If there's no or just a little rain, we'll go. A little rain can be fun. If there's a lot of rain, we'll reschedule. Kids and a lot of rain is more work than I find worthwhile. I'm sure there are some out there who disagree (I'm looking at you Stacy and Tim).

There will be a go/no-go decision posted here on Saturday morning. In the meantime, go find your nearest creek and listen.