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The pond at Picchetti Open Space Preserve has water in it this year (unlike last winter) and lots of California Newts. Our kids loved it. The pond is just a short walk from the parking lot and worth checking out.

the great California Newt in all its glory

the great California Newt in all its glory

 

 

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After this winter’s rain, Lake Lagunita on Stanford campus has water in it. Well, just a bit of water. More a puddle than a lake. But it is sufficient water for the frogs to congregate and breed and now is the perfect time to head down there to look for tadpoles.

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Little Lake Lagunita

It’s a bit boggy, but you could take a jog stroller to the water’s edge.  Also consider taking a small bucket to scoop up some tadpoles for a closer look. And think about some wellington boots too even if it’s sunny.

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The Monkey on the hunt

We’ll be going back in a few weeks to see how the tadpoles have grown.

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We’re Back

Apologies for the blogging hiatus.  But after a difficult pregnancy which curtailed our adventures, we’ve been joined by a little girl (The Bug) and are ready to hit the trails once again.

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All Weekend

It’s the annual harvest festival at Roaring Camp Railroads, Felton. Here’s the info.

It’s the Ardenwood Farm Harvest Celebration this weekend. This is lots of fun but gets super busy. I strongly recommend getting there first thing. Here’s the flyer.

You can enjoy the annual Cupertino Carnival this weekend. Find the event details here.

Saturday 13th October

There are pumpkins in the park in San Jose. More details here.

Check out the free science and aviation day this weekend, also in San Jose. You can find the website here.

For all those horse-mad kids, it’s the Day of the Horse Event up in Woodside this weekend. See here for details.

Want a break from all things Halloween? Go bird watching in the morning at Bedwell Bayfront Park, 10.30am-12.30pm. See here for more information.

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October is always so beautiful at the shore here that we decided to make the most of the glorious weather and to head out on a coastal walk.  We picked the Old Cove Landing Trail at Wilder Ranch State Park as we’d heard it was spectacular when the skies are clear. Well, it was spectacular and we enjoyed amazing views of the rugged cliffs, sea caves and sealife. It was also spectacularly easy: just under 3 miles and entirely flat. But best of all, we were able to clamber down to the sand at Old Landing Cove itself and to enjoy an entirely secluded and empty (well, apart from the seals) beach.  A perfect hike for preschoolers.

walking the coast

can you spot the seal colony?

a beach of our own

cave exploration

 

 

 

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All Weekend

It’s the Pacifica Fog Fest — might be worth checking out if you feel like heading to the shore.  More information here.

Saturday 29th September

There’s a 1pm farm tour of Hidden Villa. $10 per person. See here to register. See how the farm is changing now it’s Fall.

It’s Autumn Weekend at Filoli. See here for more information.

Explore Elkhorn Slough by Pontoon with the Marine Science Institute from 1pm to 3pm. Space is limited and you do need to register — see here for details. Looks fun, especially for older kids.

Sunday 30th September

There’s a 10am farm tour of Hidden Villa. $10 per person. See here to register.

Learn to pan for gold at Ardenwood Farm from 11am until noon. $2 per person. Registration required – call 510 544 3284.

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Lots of fun events for little boys!

All Weekend

It’s Train Days at the Los Altos History Museum both days from 10am until 4pm.  This is an excellent family event and worth the $10 donation per family. You can find more information here.

Saturday 22nd September

You can visit Palo Alto Airport for its Airport Day from 10am until 4pm. Event details here.

Sunday 23rd September

Another plane event- this time Open Cockpit Day at the Oakland Aviation Museum from noon until 4pm.  See here for more information.

Sunday is a Target Family Day (“A Day at the Circus”) in Redwood City from 11am until 3pm.  Event details can be found here.

It’s the Cupertino Fall Festival from 10am until 6pm at Memorial Park, Stevens Creek Blvd and Mary Avenue. This is a free event organised by the local Rotary Club.

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