Thursday, November 26, 2009

Jared the Mountain Man

As soon as Jared turned three months old, we decided that it was high time for him to be introduced to more of his parents' favorite pastimes. He has been picnicking with us since he was only a few days old, and he is on the computer with Daddy every time Mommy looks away (no screen time until he is two!), so we decided to take him hiking. We were on our way to Portola Redwoods State Park (which we discovered with Annika and Ryan last July) when we discovered Purisima Creek Redwoods Regional Open Space. The open space preserve didn't have as many redwoods, but it is much closer to home, has gorgeous views, great trails, picnic tables, and, one of our favorite features of anything we can find in the expensive bay area, it's free! Parking was a hassle, but we're getting pretty used to that anywhere we go around here. On the drive there we found several places where we could see the ocean and the bay at the same time. What a cool place to live!
Jared loved hiking. He is a very curious boy, so the new environment gave him a lot of stimulation. It was a cold November day in the mountains, but he didn't seem to notice that at all. He couldn't get enough of the trees arching over the trail. We hiked for over an hour, and he spent most of the time looking up at the little patches of sky above our heads. It's too bad that the weather is getting colder. Now that Jared is a hiker, we are excited to go again as soon as we can. Jared's next new activity will have to be camping. Todd can't wait to show the little mountain man how to play with fire.

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