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4/20/16

Celebrate Earth Day with kids, and it doesn't have to be a big deal

If you're reading this, you probably care a little bit about our planet and our kids' connection to it. Maybe you care a lot about it. Even if you only care a smidge, I invite you to somehow celebrate Earth Day this weekend with your kids.

I offer a bunch of ways to do that over on 510 Families. Read it here.

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4/18/16

This is what Sunol looked in the sunshine

Note that a week before this trip we went to Sunol and the forecast was for clouds but it actually rained. We went anyway. We played. We explored. We got wet. And we had to go back to see what it's like this year in the sunshine.

This is what it looked like in the sunshine:












As if I need to say it, you should go to Sunol Regional Wilderness sometime soon. Just go. Directions and such are here:

  • Sunol Regional Wilderness website
  • Directions to the park from Berkeley/Oakland: drive east on I-580 to the junction with I-680. Take I-680 south. Take exit at Calaveras Road/Highway 84 just south of the Sunol exit. Turn left onto Calaveras Road and proceed about four miles. Turn left onto Geary Road, which leads directly into the park. If you find yourself driving uphill on a narrow winding road you’ve missed the Geary Road turnoff.
  • About 50 yards after the entrance kiosk, there's a small parking area and a bathroom and a drinking fountain. There's a foot bridge across the creek that you'll take.
  • There might be a lot of people there. You might not find parking near the foot bridge. That's okay. There is plenty of parking farther up the road. Park and walk on back to the foot bridge.
  • Walking to Little Yosemite is a great idea. See the park maps on how to do that.
  • What we did was... cross the foot bridge. Turn left. Walk on the trail that follows the creek until you find us. Don't go up Flag Hill Trail. Just stay on the trail along the creek and pass through one gate. About 50 yards past the gate, you'll see a fence. Walk along the fence (don't go through it) for about 50 yards. Turn towards the creek when the mood strikes you. There's an open meadow that's perfect for chillin'.
  • Bring shoes to walk in the water with. Bring a change of clothes. Bring a sense of wonder.



4/13/16

SUNol in the SUN on Saturday, April 16

The weather forecast for Saturday is warm and sun. So we're going back to Sunol. Will you join us?

Here's the deal:

  • Saturday, April 16 at 10am
  • Sunol Regional Wilderness
  • Directions to the park from Berkeley/Oakland: drive east on I-580 to the junction with I-680. Take I-680 south. Take exit at Calaveras Road/Highway 84 just south of the Sunol exit. Turn left onto Calaveras Road and proceed about four miles. Turn left onto Geary Road, which leads directly into the park. If you find yourself driving uphill on a narrow winding road you’ve missed the Geary Road turnoff.
  • About 50 yards after the entrance kiosk, there's a small parking area and a bathroom and a drinking fountain. We'll meet there. There's a foot bridge across the creek that we'll take.
  • If it is indeed warm and sunny as our weather apps are predicting, there will be a lot of people there. You might not find parking near the foot bridge. That's okay. There is plenty of parking farther up the road. Park and walk on back to the foot bridge.
  • If you miss us, you can catch up at your own pace. Cross the foot bridge. Turn left. Walk on the trail that follows the creek until you find us. Don't go up Flag Hill Trail. Just stay on the trail along the creek and pass through one gate. Keep going along the creek until you find us.
  • Bring shoes to walk in the water with. Bring a change of clothes. Food, water, and a sense of wonder are good too.

And here's how we feel about the Warrior's 73rd win:


4/10/16

This is what Sunol in the rain looked like

We went to Sunol on Sunday, April 10 and it was raining. Two weather apps told me that it wasn't going to rain in Sunol. Let the lesson be learned that weather apps aren't always correct. We didn't care, though. We had fun anyway. Let another lesson be learned that rain boots are nice to have when there are big puddles.


Today's outing just whetted our appetite for more Sunol (pun intended). We're going back on Saturday, April 16 at 10am. The weather forecast is sunny and warm (see first lesson above), so we're going. It's ridiculously beautiful out there and we have to go play in that creek. We must go back.

Join us:
  • Saturday, April 16 at 10am
  • Sunol Regional Wilderness
  • Directions to the park from Berkeley/Oakland: drive east on I-580 to the junction with I-680. Take I-680 south. Take exit at Calaveras Road/Highway 84 just south of the Sunol exit. Turn left onto Calaveras Road and proceed about four miles. Turn left onto Geary Road, which leads directly into the park. If you find yourself driving uphill on a narrow winding road you’ve missed the Geary Road turnoff.
  • About 50 yards after the entrance kiosk, there's a small parking area and a bathroom and a drinking fountain. We'll meet there. There's a foot bridge across the creek that we'll take.
  • If it is indeed warm and sunny as our weather apps are predicting, there will be a lot of people there. You might not find parking near the foot bridge. That's okay. There is plenty of parking farther up the road. Park and walk on back to the foot bridge.
  • If you miss us, you can catch up at your own pace. Cross the foot bridge. Turn left. Walk on the trail that follows the creek until you find us. Don't go up Flag Hill Trail. Just stay on the trail along the creek and pass through one gate. Keep going until you find us.
  • Bring shoes to walk in the water with. Bring a change of clothes. 











4/9/16

Game on - Outside Kids going to Sunol tomorrow

I've studied the weather cast (as it is called in our house) and we are going for it. Tomorrow, Sunday, April 10 at 10am at Sunol. Details on the website. No RSVP needed. Extra clothes, water shoes, towels, food, water, and a sense of wonder recommended. 

See you tomorrow!

4/2/16

The time is now, the plan is next Sunday

Wow, it is the time to go outside. The sun is shining, the hills are green, the creeks are flowing, the waterfalls are falling, the flowers are blooming. Go outside! Our website has all kinds of ideas for places to go if you're wondering.

We're going to Sunol Regional Wilderness next Sunday, April 10 at 10am. Details are here. Will you join us? Will you invite friends and neighbors and colleagues and classmates? They're all welcome. The place is big and we can handle it.

Hope to see you there!