Jessica Hahn-Taylor posted this yesterday to the Visitacion Valley Yahoo group, but it seemed appropriate to share more broadly. ... She has a great post about
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, May 31, 2012
FW: [Valley_Eye] Hiking Bayview Hill on June 17th, Father's DayJessica Hahn-Taylor posted this yesterday to the Visitacion Valley Yahoo group, but it seemed appropriate to share more broadly.
As she says in her blog’s objectives:
To create a resource of articles about hikes in the San Francisco Bay Area (and on special occasions, hikes in different parts of the world).
To connect with people who love wild plants and animals in the midst of a city.
To identify hikes for kids that generate enthusiasm, observation, and introspection.
She has a great post about hikes in the Southeast Part of SF, but her whole blog is a wonderful resource for anyone – with kids or not – who wants to get out and explore the city’s great hiking places.
Last Sunday a great group of people with young children hiked on a less-used trail in McLaren Park, and everyone seemed to want more hikes. The kids set the pace, the youngest being a couple weeks old and the oldest maybe four-years-old. Is wasn't terribly rigorous as you can imagine, but it was great fun for the kids and some good connections were made between parents. We were also lucky to have Betty Parshall with us, who grew up in the neighborhood.
The next group hike of this kind will be JUNE 17 from 10-12 (or 10-1) on BAYVIEW HILL in San Francisco. You'll feel like you're in the countryside. We will meet at the end of Key Avenue, and start walking on the fire road there at 10:15 (waiting with toddlers is like herding cats). It's uphill a quarter mile, then there is a flat loop at the top with great views and picnic areas. This is Father's Day, and perhaps a nice way for Dad to meet some other dads, exercise, and have a good time. Big kids would LOVE Bayview Hill--there are WPA staircases to run around on, trees to climb, and rocks to clamber over. Actually, big kids would be totally into this hike.
Sorry if it seems like I'm making a plug for my blog, but the best way to join up on these and more hikes will be to sign up on Hill Babies (http://hillbabiessf.blogspot.com/).
I think there is a great desire among parents for this sort of thing, as about 30 parents showed last weekend. Because we were in a wide-open space, it certainly wasn't too big of a group---if anything, it was inspiring and exciting.
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