Hikes and Rambles

Hikes and Rambles: Arizona Garden (Stanford)

This is really pushing “rambles” to the limit, since we walked further from our parking spot then we did inside the garden, but I still think it qualifies. The Arizona Garden is a stunning collection of cacti and succulents with dusty walking trails woven throughout. The garden was planted between 1881-1883 and actually predates Stanford, which first welcomed… Read More Hikes and Rambles: Arizona Garden (Stanford)

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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 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: 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)

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Upcoming Cultural Celebrations in Silicon Valley

In yesterday’s post I wrote about ways to help encourage our children to be great travelers, even when we aren’t traveling ourselves. The one on the list that I’ve been least committed to was attending local cultural celebrations and I set myself the goal of making a list and marking my calendar for some upcoming… Read More Upcoming Cultural Celebrations in Silicon Valley

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Hikes and Rambles: Redwood Grove Nature Preserve (Los Altos)

Los Altos Library has a Mandarin-English storytime on Thursday mornings, so we came early to visit the Redwood Grove Nature Preserve. We followed Google Maps and I was surprised to find the entrance in a residential neighborhood where we parked along University Avenue. Once you enter the park the houses are close enough that you… Read More Hikes and Rambles: Redwood Grove Nature Preserve (Los Altos)