Two weekends ago, Shane and Caleb were at a Cub Scout function so the girls and I went on a hike. This is one of the best hikes I’ve taken the girls on. It’s a convenient location (about a 15 mins drive for us), easy (flat and short) and surprisingly beautiful (it’s very close to a developed area). I’ve driven by it so many times and never knew it was there. There is a sign that clearly stats “Frog Pond Wetland Preserve“, but you’d have to know when to turn your head to see it.
It’s a natural wetland pond that was saved from being turned into a housing development at one point.
The path is flat and relatively safe for me to let them all walk/run ahead of me.
I was shocked that Eliza wanted to hold my hand… for about 30 seconds.
Charlotte found some mushrooms! That stuff in the top right looks a bit like cilantro.
I know they are loving a hike when they start to run ahead of me and I have to remind them to look back and make sure I can see them.
After running for a few minutes, Eliza allowed me the pleasure of carrying her the rest of the way. What a sweetie.
They’re off again!
There is one observation deck. There was a women there bird watching. I asked if she has seen any frogs, since we hadn’t. She said a few weeks ago she heard them all over but they don’t seem to be around now. But I know we’ll be back, so I wasn’t too disappointed.
There were two Canadian geese that swam right up to us. I’ve never seen them that close up. Seems they are well-fed by humans.
On our way home we stopped at the library and then the girls ran around at the park across the street.
Ana likes to race around the park while I time her with the stopwatch on my phone. She’s going to be a Runner!
Eliza picking flowers…
This is hike #27 from my Monterey Hikes list.
Hiking distance: 1-mile
Elevation gain: level
Exposure: a mix of shaded forest and open wetland
Hiking buddies: the girls
Would you do it again? yes, definitely
Best for… everyone, especially very young children