Fremont Peak State Park

I’ll be honest. This campground is pretty much the REASON I became convinced this blog was necessary. Because apparently very few people know about the existence of Fremont Peak State Park. And boy howdy, you should. Let me tell you why it’s a park absolutely worth checking out with the kiddos, especially for a weekend…

Olompali State Park

I cannot say how many times I have driven by Olompali State Park and wondered what it was like and thought, “we should go hiking there,” and then neglected to go. Last Saturday finally changed all that, and I am thrilled to say that it is a worthy destination and I am looking forward to…

Hiking Mt Diablo

Mount Diablo is one of the most prominent and visually stunning features of the Bay Area landscape. At 3,849 ft it is the San Francisco Bay Area’s tallest mountain and an ecological treasure. There is an extensive trail network with hikes for every level from toddlers just beginning to get their hiking legs to seasoned…

The Art of Hiking with Children

Hiking with anyone ages 18 months (give or take a few months) to 8 or 9 years old can be a lesson both in cultivating patience, and in appreciating the journey. As adults we often slip into the mode of destination hiking, cruising┬áthe trails with an end result in mind, often passing right by a…