Go east!

Maybe you want to do something new with your kids. Maybe you're on your way to the mountains. Maybe you are curious about the Delta and the lands east of Mount Diablo. Maybe you're itching for some alone time.

Read some of my tips and ideas for places to explore in the Delta and eastern Contra Costa County over on 510 Families.

And pass it on!


Because it's the 510 and winter and books

I love December.

It's just a beautiful month in the Bay Area. The light at 3:30pm is stunning... all breathy and soft and at a cool angle. The hills are turning green, the creeks are flowing, and the leaves are falling/fallen. I love December in the Bay Area.

So I wrote all about it for 510 Families. Check it out and pass it onto your (510) living and recreating friends.

There's a whole lotta gift giving this time of year and so I thought I'd share some books that I love. They might be just the thing for the kids and grownups in your life who like that nature stuff. 

For kids: 
  • The Curious Garden is a favorite. It's all about the power of kids to make change in the world. I'm all for that. 
  • My Side of the Mountain is totally awesome. Tons of stuff to talk about with your kids. What would you do if you lived in a tree in the winter in New York State?
  • Elephant and Piggie are totally hilarious. I don't know what they have to do with nature - except that they're animals but kinda not really - but the series is so smart. "We're in a Book!" is so clever. 

For grownups:
  • I'm half way through Jason Mark's book Satellites in the High Country. It's deep. And really fascinating. I'm loving it.
  • I love Orion Magazine and devour it as soon as it arrives.
  • As a mom of two kids who spend a decent amount of time outside, there have been some falls and skinned knees. It happens. This book has guided a lot of my "outside parenting." And I guess my "inside parenting" as well. 
  • Can I recommend a book that I haven't yet read? H is for Hawk is on my bedside table waiting for me.
  • And this... this book has nothing to do with the topic at hand, but is an incredible book. Masterful storytelling. 

Jump over to Facebook and tell me what books you like that have something to do with nature, kids, and parenting. I want to hear.

Then hug your kid tight. There's a lot of love and beauty in the world if we look for it.


Looking ahead to low tides

There are these things called Kings Tides. The tides are super dooper high, and the super dooper low. And when those low tides happen, man,  it's a great day at a beach. It can look like this:

The next dates are December 22, 23, and 24, 2015. And after that will be January 21 and 22, 2016. This website has some events that might be fun. I use an app called Tides Near Me to see when the low tide will be. Here is another option

If I were you, I'd find yourself at a beach when the low tide happens. 

We will take advantage of it with an Outside Kids outing to Point Pinole on Friday, January 22 and/or Saturday, January 23, 2016. We'll meet in the afternoon to coincide with the low tide. More details to come. And we'll see how the weather is... they keep saying El Nino is coming and coming big. 

Go out there and have fun......