Hikes and Rambles

Hikes and Rambles: Bond Park (Cary, NC)

Today’s hike was a cautionary tale that I share in the hopes that others will learn from my mistakes. I’ve been hiking with the kids at least twice a week for the last couple months and we’ve been trying new trails every time. Apparently this has made me cocky because my Mom and I set… Read More Hikes and Rambles: Bond Park (Cary, NC)

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Hikes and Rambles: Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge (Fremont)

Sunday was a rough day and I spent 3 hours on the phone with Verizon, so when I was done we really needed to get out and spend a little time in nature. This park was only a 10 minute drive, so away we went! I continue to be amazed by the incredible parks here… Read More Hikes and Rambles: Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge (Fremont)

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Hikes and Rambles: Hidden Falls Regional Park (Auburn)

My Great Uncle lives in Davis and we like to visit him once a month or so. However, we keep very different sleeping hours and we needed to find something to get us out of the house first thing in the morning so the kids didn’t wake him up. I individually plugged each of the… Read More Hikes and Rambles: Hidden Falls Regional Park (Auburn)

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Hikes and Rambles: Hidden Villa, Elephant Mountain Loop (Los Altos)

I’m particularly excited about this hike because of the beautiful views and also because my 3.5 year old walked the whole way! We hiked 2.3 miles with 680 feet elevation change, and she did it! Hidden Villa is a nonprofit educational organization that maintains an organic farm, a hostel, and 1600 acres of open space including… Read More Hikes and Rambles: Hidden Villa, Elephant Mountain Loop (Los Altos)

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Hikes and Rambles: Grayson Highlands State Park

This might just be my favorite hiking spot ever. Grayson Highlands has it all: spectacular views, wild ponies, the Appalachian trail and all the fascinating people you find on it, wild blueberries growing by the path, waterfalls, and those scary warning signs about abrupt weather changes. You can expect the drive in to be beautiful, irregardless… Read More Hikes and Rambles: Grayson Highlands State Park

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Hikes and Rambles: Big Basin Redwoods State Park

Saturday morning we woke up and decided we wanted to see waterfalls. Big Basin was only 1 hour 15 minutes away, but through such windy mountain roads that my son actually got sick. We paid $10 for the car and received trail advice from the ranger before setting off on the 4.5 mile loop that… Read More Hikes and Rambles: Big Basin Redwoods State Park

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Hikes and Rambles: Pearson-Arastradero Preserve (Palo Alto)

We are always on the look out for close, easy walking trails that I can walk with the kids during the week. The Pearson-Arastradero Preserve has over 10 miles of trails, but we just walked .4 of them up to the Arastradero Lake and then back. The trail we covered was a mixed use trail… Read More Hikes and Rambles: Pearson-Arastradero Preserve (Palo Alto)