This is what redwoods, mushrooms and ladybugs look like

I counted 47 people at Redwood Regional Park yesterday with Outside Kids. We didn't move as a large group. Instead it was like a long slinky of kids and their grownups who came together at points and spread out at others. Some moved fast, some moved slowly. All saw thousands of ladybugs, multiple kinds of mushrooms, and a flowing creek. This is some of what it looked like: 

If you want to go, first drive to the south entrance to Redwood Regional Park. It's the entrance on Redwood Road. Drive to the end of the driveway after going through the kiosk. Go all the way. Then walk up Stream Trail. Go past the playground. Go over the bridge. Enter the redwoods. When you get to Big Meadow, look over at the fence post on the far side of meadow. Go up and look closely.

You can also walk to the intersection of Prince and Stream trails. The ladybugs over winter there and don't ask me when they'll leave. February? March?

The next Outside Kids outing will be in January sometime. Stay tuned here and on Facebook to know when and where. In the meantime, go outside!


Inside now, outside on Sunday

Come shake out all those inside-the-house-cuz-school-was-cancelled ya yas on Sunday at Redwood Regional Park. Word is that there are lots of kinds of mushrooms along the trail. And that it's supposed to be sunny. 

Details are here


Ladybugs on Sunday

We're planning to go outside this coming Sunday, December 14. At 10am we'll meet in the parking lot of Redwood Regional Park. Specifically, we're going to the southern entrance which is off of Redwood Road. Once you go past the kiosk, drive until you can't drive no more. We'll start at the end of the road.

We're going because of ladybugs. Check this out (or this link if you don't see a video below):

They over-winter near the stream in Redwood and they're there in the thousands. Or at least they have been there. Don't for a second believe that I'm guaranteeing ladybugs. I've seen them there and they're well documented in their over-wintering habits. But I do not control those ladybugs.

Here are directions and much more info about the park.  Here's a map of where we're going. Bring water, food, warm clothes, friends, and a change of clothes in case we find any mud.

See you Sunday!