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Point Reyes Lighthouse

A highlight of any visit to Point Reyes National Seashore, on the California coast, thirty miles north of San Francisco, is the Point Reyes Lighthouse.  Growing up, my family would visit here every January to watch the migrating gray whales.  Assuming a clear day, the views from here are incredible!  The lighthouse is located on…

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Butterfly Walk, Botanical Garden at UC Berkeley

I couldn’t resist this!  Butterfly walks are offered by Sally Levinson, aka Caterpillar Lady,  the 4th Tuesday of each month at the Botanical Garden at UC Berkeley, March through October.  The website said children were welcome, so we decided to check it out this month with friends from my Nature Time! playgroup. This was a…

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Flowers!

Yesterday… a hummingbird.  Today… flowers.  Tomorrow?  Butterflies! Taken at the Botanical Gardens at UC Berkeley, July 24th, 2012.

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Craft: Egg Carton Rock Collection

A couple weeks ago, Let’s Go Chipper posted instructions about how to create a box for storing a rock collection from a recycled egg carton.  Perfect!  My son collects rocks everywhere we go.  So we made the storage container this week… Interested in doing this with your child?  You’ll find the instructions here…  Chipper Recycle…

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Simple Summer Fun: Swim!

I associate summer with water. My childhood summer days were spent mostly in the pool, splashing around with friends, jumping repeatedly from the diving board, or doing laps during swim team practice. Later, as an adult, my vision of summertime has continued to revolve around water, changing form depending upon where I was living at…

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Create-With-Nature Pathway

While visiting Redwood Regional Park in Oakland yesterday morning, I made a fun discovery. We were meeting friends for some nature playtime, and they were running a half hour late.  While waiting, my son was having fun riding his bike up and down the paved path while I was strolling along behind him, enjoying this…

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Chimney Beach, Lake Tahoe

While at Lake Tahoe on Friday, we drove over the border into Nevada and hiked down to a relatively secluded little beach. Our son has experience a few alpine lakes over his short life, but he hasn’t seen one the size of Lake Tahoe (the largest alpine lake in North America).  He kept asking if…

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Quotes from the Masters: Hugo

“Nature, like a kind and smiling mother, lends herself to our dreams and cherishes our fancies.”  Victor Hugo *** Or a kind and smiling father! *** I accepted the challenge to use this quote from Robin over at Bringing Europe Home… “Quotes from the Masters:  Hugo” .  Love her blog!! Related articles Quotes from the…

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The Randall Museum, San Francisco

The Randall Museum in San Francisco was created to be a place where children can handle, see, and learn about animals and other living things through hands-on experiences, as well as be exposed to different kinds of arts and crafts.  The museum has no entry fee, though memberships are offered to provide a discount on…

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A Walk Around the Neighborhood

The best way for me to relax and unwind is to head out the front door for a walk with my camera.  Here are a few photos from my walk earlier this week.  I wasn’t able to capture any images with my camera, but the highlight of this walk was while I was in the…

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Great Kid Hike, Sentinel Dome, Yosemite

My favorite hike to do in Yosemite National Park with our five-year-old son, so far, has been Sentinel Dome.  Every year, starting when he was 6 weeks old, we’ve been taking him up here.  He’s been able to do the hike on his own, without us carrying him, since he was two. The hike to…