Friday, September 12, 2014

Los Gatos

We enjoyed a fun family day getting lunch and wandering around downtown Los Gatos, and walking through Vasona County Park a couple days ago. Even though it is still very warm here, the nights are starting to cool off and the leaves are starting to fall! The park has a small railroad that was no longer running for the day and some fun play areas for Miss H. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Ten on Ten: September

It has been quite a while since I participated in Ten on Ten
but today seemed like a great opportunity to jump back in! 

Hecker Pass

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. - Psalm 19:1, ESV

Last weekend we wanted an adventure that wasn't too far away. We decided we would try to get to the top of some mountains (big hills) on the south side of Highway 17. Google told us to go up two different roads that were blocked off with gates very near the top. We ended up finding a road that took us through a gate that was open and over Hecker Pass. From the top of the pass we could see into San Jose, Watsonville, and Gilroy on one side, and over to the Pacific coast and Santa Cruz on the other. We arrived just at sunset. As we sat and watched the sky turn beautiful colors the crickets began to sing!

San Jose Municipal Rose Garden

Yesterday Miss H and I met some friends at the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden, based on a recommendation I saw on a Facebook group. I wasn't sure what area it would be in or how big it would be. It was pretty close to us and was huge! We enjoyed our picnic lunch and Miss H loved collecting rose petals that had already fallen to the ground. There was a little breeze that made the whole area smell like roses. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Half Moon Bay Bicycle Tour

A couple weeks ago we spent the day driving around the mountains between San Jose and the coast and riding our bikes through Half Moon Bay. It was much less bright on the coast than in San Jose, and the hills were a nice break from the flat city. This was my third bike ride in the last 10 years, and I think I'm hooked. I pulled Miss H around in a kiddo trailer that I got used a couple years ago. We followed Tom since he was more comfortable with his bike. In the end we did almost 9 miles. We rode through most of the streets in town, went up a hill (it's really hard to go up a steep hill with the trailer, my front tire kept flipping up!) and through an 1800's Catholic cemetery, crossed Highway 1, and rode along a beach trail for a bit! We are looking forward to going back to Half Moon Bay in a few weeks for their pumpkin festival.