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Goats! Harley Farms, Pescadero

I have a weakness for goat cheese, so as soon as I heard about Harley Farms Goat Dairy in Pescadero (and their award-winning goat cheese), I added the farm to our “must-visit” list.  After our visit this past week, I’m glad we did… and we’ll definitely be going back! During this trip, we simply walked…

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Squirrel: On the Screen Door

I keep moving our bird feeder around our backyard, trying to find a location where the squirrels cannot attack it from.  I’m failing.  I’ve moved it so the squirrels cannot jump from the fence, but now they simply climb the backyard screen door and leap from there.  As you can see, the brave little critter…

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Milkweed: Caterpillar

It this actually a caterpillar crawling up the stem of a milkweed I planted in our backyard?  It’s only about a half a centimeter long.  But is it a butterfly or a moth?  We planted the milkweeds to attract butterflies…. Photos taken April 11th, 2013

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Llamas: Redwood Regional Park

Ever wanted to learn how to groom, feed, lead, and interact with llamas??  You can take a class through East Bay Regional Parks and take a walk through the redwoods. During our bike ride earlier this week (Kid Bike Ride:  Redwood Regional Park), the kids stopped to watch this, a line of people walking with…

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Explore the Tide Pools, Natural Bridges State Beach, Santa Cruz

When the tide is low, head out to the rocky, north end of Natural Bridges State Beach to explore the tide pools.  Look for sea stars, hermit crabs, sea anemones, sea urchins, and more.  So fun! For more information about Natural Bridges State Beach, visit the California State Parks website… http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=541 If you’re here between…

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Monarch Butterfly Nature Preserve, Natural Bridges State Beach, Santa Cruz

Within Natural Bridges State Beach, in Santa Cruz, you’ll find the Monarch Butterfly Nature Preserve, a grove of eucalyptus trees where thousands of Monarch Butterflies spend the winter each year.  The butterflies may be viewed by taking a short 0.75 mile Monarch Trail loop through the Preserve, or by simply taking the short, wheel-chair accessible…

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Feed the Animals! Tilden Little Farm, Berkeley

The Tilden Little Farm, located within Tilden Regional Park in Berkeley, is a favorite destination for just about every little kid I know.  For over a week now, my five-year-old has been begging me to take him there to feed the animals, so we headed over today. Here’s a little history of the Farm, from…

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Boo at the Zoo, 2012

Yesterday we attended the annual Boo at the Zoo event at the Oakland Zoo.  Kids wear their Halloween costumes and participate in a bunch of fun activities.   It was a hot day today (back into the 80’s), so I talked my son out of wearing his thick, black ninja costume. The highlight for my…

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Finch Fun

Yesterday morning, my son was quietly building with his Lincoln Logs when he happily exclaimed, “Look, Mommy, a goldfinch!  There’s a goldfinch at the feeder!”  Now I had to run to the window to check it out, because I honestly can’t remember ever having any yellow birds in our backyard.  My son was correct.  Two…

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The Sky Ride, Oakland Zoo

On a busy day at the Oakland Zoo, it’s nice to escape the crowds with a trip on the Sky Ride.  The ride take about twenty minutes, with beautiful views of the San Francisco Bay.  Some animals can only be seen from here… the herds of elk and bison.  They roam the hills behind the…

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Butterflies, California Academy of Sciences

On Monday, my son and I enjoyed a fun visit to the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.  It was our last outing before his first day of school.  I think the highlight of this visit was the baby ostriches!  So many, and so cute!!   My son also wanted to go into the Earthquake…

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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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The Bee in the Zucchini

Luckily, my son is observant. I would’ve missed this if it weren’t for him. While at my parent’s house over the weekend, my son and I were sent down to the garden to pick a fresh zucchini. I asked my son to look in the plant to see if he could find the best one…

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Playtime at the Oakland Zoo

As an alternative to the local park or nature area, one of our favorite places for some quality outdoor playtime is the Oakland Zoo.    The weather today was much cooler than expected (in the 70s instead of the 100s, as it was a few days ago in the Bay Area).  Perfect weather for a late…