More appointments today, and so last-of-the-month work This week our family has to wake up earlier each day for a thing. Fortunately I’ve gotten the new laptop into shape so I’m ready to work remotely from wherever!
Yesterday we woke early to make it to Little Farm in Tilden Park (Tilden Nature Area).
Clover (and @susan and I) got to feed farm animals celery and lettuce.
We then joined other families in our homeschooling program on a short hike to Jewel Lake and back; the lake was mostly non-existent, due to droughts.
Something I hadn’t known before: when the red barn was built at Little Farm, it was constructed by carpentry students at Berkeley High School. There is a neat picture of them building it:
Of course my favorite picture on that information board is the one with the park folk showing an animal to children…
You have to zoom in, but there’s someone relaxing on the fence in the background, and it just makes the whole picture look absurd.
Since we were already in Berkeley, and I need hiking shoes (Hiking shoes) we decided to stop by in REI and I got a pair of shoes from a brand called Topo:
They are very comfortable, and I’m looking forward to taking them to the redwoods.
Finally, did you know there are places in SF Bay (the water of the estuary) where, um, anchorage of explosives happen?!
This according to a map I was browsing:
The more you know…
Oh yeah! We got a map of California! But we just ran out of tape for it, so back to Flax we go!
Yesterday all three of us went to the Roberts Park Pool; normally I just hike around while @susan and Clover swim.
I hadn’t swam with Clover for many years, though I had seen them swim at classes. It’s neat seeing how much someone has grown.
I did end up strolling a bit on some trails, and caught a pic of this native (it’s tiny, those are screws in the wood below it for reference):
Oh, and when I was walking back some folks had started a huge fire that was licking at the leaves of a tree growing over it! I took a photo after I had notified a Parks personnel, and they handled it from there…
Yesterday I got a start on the week’s California studies reader, by reading the whole thing aloud to Clover. It worked so well, the discourse between us, that I’ll be doing that from now on. Clover is different from me, they learn a lot from listening to others; accommodating that learning style is very easy, with a lot of impact!
Yesterday was eventful, but nothing I can pin down to share. Lots of talking and planning.
Tried to do laundry yesterday but couldn’t find a place to park. Went this morning and got it done, so my weekend has a marked accomplishment.
On Sunday I went to Roberts Park with a mind to take some photos and break in the new hiking shoes. I learned two things:
- I need higher socks than “anklet”, the shoes kick dirt up on the trail and give me a ring of dirt at and just inside my socks…
- I rarely want to take photos while hiking around.
That day, there was an interesting fog layer over the bay:
There is a nice vista point with a bench that has several peaks in it’s panoramic view. In this photo there is a peak above the bench, that is Mount Diablo:
If you look from this point, you can see Mt. Diablo fairly well:
Just to the left of the bench is an interesting marker, I’m not sure what it is pointing at:
There is another trail going to a nice picnic area with several tables, called “Diablo Vista”:
The sign has a plastic holder, because I believe you may reserve Diablo Vista as a venue! That’s cool. And it has a humorous side to it, as this is the “vista” they are referring to, Mt. Diablo in all it’s… branches?
I took the photo so I can share it with EBRPD, I’m sure they can arrange someone to go and remove the dead tree blocking the view.
Ya know, I walked all over that park, and hardly took any pics…
Today is Clover’s first class class (meeting with other kids in a regional park!). Everyone is excited, tired, or both!
Our family is so dedicated to rest, waking up before 9AM just sounds torturous! But this class will allow Clover to take on the role and play as a member of Fort Ross hundreds of years ago, and that is probably worth waking up…
Clover was excited for the day’s classes, yesterday.
The class is held at Lake Temescal, which is quite beautiful. @susan and I took a walk around it after depositing our child.
That was my first time there, and I definitely plan to go back and deep dive all these amazing parts of the lake’s ecosystem and features along the path around the lake.
We currently find our water turned off. No warning, must be an emergency in the building. So we journey from home in search of prepared meals and sitting areas…
Yesterday we drove to Redwood City, because we have a medical appointment there next month in the morning, and wanted to have a sense of how to get there. I now have that sense (it creates a funny zig-zag of highways and junctions, which I hope is not horrible in the morning we are driving… ).
The last few days have felt like a week.
How could I forget this… “gnome” I found…
I’m not sure how one is supposed to fell about such a gesture…
Today I’m in the redwoods, perhaps the last time for a bit, as the Roberts Park pool is closing for the season. It’s cooler than usual, and I think I might be able to easily convince Clover and @susan this place is interesting aside from the pool…
Yesterday was the Autumn Moon! Our friend Cindy gifts our family mooncakes, and we go sit near Lake Merritt and gaze at the full, yellow moon.
This year we heated one of the mooncakes, something we normally skip as we eat them right there in the park. It was good, though! Heated adzuki and crust.
I tried to get pictures, but I’m not equipped for night photography…
I think @susan got some good shots, though!
Yesterday we discovered a new way to arrive at Lake Temascal, going along Broadway Terrace. It also cemented the idea in my mind that all the natural spots around the Bay Area are secluded by neighborhoods of affluence, and it’s ridiculous. Or perhaps, I sickness. The human herd doesn’t seem to be considering what they are doing…
Anyhow, it’s nice seeing the seasons change, one week at a time.
Today I learned my friend died on Monday.
Yesterday we attended a homeschool learners meetup at Redwood Regional Park (Dr. Aurelia Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park).
This is a favorite for our family, a very relaxing stroll next to a (dry) creek, amid groves of redwoods. It was a refuge, to be sure.
Talked to a couple of parents, and realize how different @susan and I are from nearly all other families that homeschool around us.
Today Clover and I played NES games from the Nintendo Online collection. We played two player games, though some of them are just taking turns running out lives, rather than passing between players.
- Kirby’s Dreamland
- Super Mario Bros.
- Donkey Kong
- Forgot the name
The last one, I’ll look it up, but it’s a wild game with a wild premise. You robbed a paint factory, and are now on the run from cop cars, while also constantly leaking paint, until you, um, do something, maybe cover all the roads? Whatever the goal is, it’s soon forgotten as you somehow jump over cop cars made to spin by after you’ve chucked cans of paint into them, on a highway system that has three road levels.
Today we visited our educational coordinator. It went fine, with Clover reading many writing samples, and editing in real time. I dig it! We also got the corresponding weekly science newsletters, similar to the California Studies we’re doing. The format works well for us, so looking forward to going through those new materials.