The Bay and Birds and Bikes on Saturday, October 14

The Bay is calling. The recently opened-to-the-public Dotson Family Marsh is calling. The birds are calling. And the noise and stress of the world are telling us it's time to go outside and breathe. Do you hear the call? 

Join us on Saturday, October 14 at 10am for a walk or ride on the new trails through the marsh at Point Pinole Regional Shoreline. 

We will stretch our legs, awe at the views, and count birds (there are many, this is going to be fun). We will relax. I'm sure Amtrak trains will fly by. We will be on the San Francisco Bay Trail (do you know about the Bay Trail?) and we'll see the very cool restoration of this marsh thanks to Measure CC funding. 

We will meet at 10am on October 14 at the Main Staging Area off of Giant Highway. I will provide maps that kids can read. You can ride your bikes or walk... there is no rush and there is no right way to do this. We will have a snack (BYOS) at the benches at the end of the China Clipper Spur trail around 11am. 

Bring water, snacks, sun protection, clothes for any weather (could be windy, could be hot), bikes and helmets if you want, and good walking shoes. Binoculars are cool if you have them. 

Also, bring friends! Family! Neighbors! Classmates! Old people! Young people! Anyone and everyone is welcome. 

Driving directions:

From I-80 in Richmond, exit at the Richmond Parkway. Head west on the Parkway towards the bay. From the Richmond Parkway, take exit for Giant Highway. Turn right at the end of the off ramp. Turn right when that road dead-ends at a stop light. Cross the train tracks, and immediately after turn right onto Giant Highway. Parchester Village will be on your left. The entrance to Point Pinole is about quarter mile past there, on the left. 


Hello again

Hello all you people who like to and want to take yourself and your kids outside,

It's been a while since I spent some time in the Capital O Outside and Capital K Kids space. That's not to say that I haven't been going outside with my kids (lower case o and lower case k). It's just that I haven't made the time to write about it, or organize us all to meet somewhere outside together. It seems to me that the summer is just naturally outside, without much effort. Birthday parties are at parks, we're going swimming wherever we can, and it's the season for camping. Maybe that's just me, and maybe that's just me rationalizing my way out of neglecting this Outside Kids space and community. I'm sorry for that. The thing is, I haven't forgotten about you. I haven't lost my passion for getting us all outside more.

I've got two outings in the works for you. One will happen later this month in Tilden. It will be a hike and my kids will lead the way. The second will happen in mid October to explore the newly opened trails in the Dotson Family Marsh at Point Pinole. I'll post information soon with dates and details.

While I have you, I have a few recommendations for your eyes:

  • This is a great book. You might think that you know what a trail is, and that how could there be a whole book about them. But it's about so much more than trails. 
  • This is worth following on Instagram. I know some of you consider yourself unlikely hikers, or that you don't want to use word 'hike.' You prefer that we're going for a walk. You're not alone, and this feed and the associated hashtag are worth tracking. 
  • This is a must-read in my opinion. As the author writes, "Perspective is everything."

Alright, that's it for now. I have to go dunk myself in as much ice as I can find, and buy more fans, and seriously reconsider why we haven't installed air conditioning. I'll be back soon.

Yours truly,

(taken while camping this summer, during a blissful 65 degree, foggy day at the beach, oh what i would do for 65 degrees right about now)