Posts Tagged ‘Toddler treks’

This weekend we headed up to Memorial Park to check out the old growth redwood forest.  As usual, we were the only family on the trails (although one hardy family with older children was actually camping out there for the weekend-kuodos to them!).  We fairly flew along the path as it had two key attractions for our children:  The Monkey was fascinated to discover the alphabet amongst the trees and the Puppy Dog was delighted by the banana slugs all over the trail.  Slugs really are magical to eighteen-month old boys.

If you feel like venturing into the forest, it’s a great park.  Just note the $6 day use fee and be warned that there is a distinct lack of parking near the trailheads!

Getting some learning on the trails




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We’ve only recently discovered this little gem in Cupertino, but it’s quickly become a favorite with the boys.

The boys on the trail

There are wonderful fallen trees to climb on and jump off:

A Puppy Dog in a tree

Nothing improves a hike like things to jump off

A numbered nature trail to follow:

Mom, there are numbers in the woods!

and a creek to throw stones in (complete with handy natural barrier to prevent soggy children).

Hmm..now how can I get into the water?

What’s so lovely about this little park is how wild it feels even though it’s small and surrounded by suburbia. And how empty – we’ve never seen other hikers there on any visit. McClellan Ranch is also beautifully maintained and it warms my heart that it’s treasured so much by the locals that there is never any trash to be found.  A perfect toddler trek destination on a sunny afternoon.

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