I can’t exactly call this a hike. It was more like a quasi nature walk in the middle of town. But as usual, the kids loved it. They decided to warm up with some airplane circles in the grass.
Our walk consisted of a loop around a lake. There were a lot of observation platforms like this one.
In the background from left to right, a car parts warehouse, Hwy 1 and a hotel. This is mainly why it didn’t feel much like a hike to me.
This was the most exciting part of our walk. Ana dropped a few cracker crumbs and these birds swarmed. I thought it would be fun to come back with some stale bread.
But then this sign killed my only reason to come back here.
We later came upon this little feeding spot. I don’t know what was so tasty in that water but the birds were having a nice feast. I guess they can live without our stale bread.
This was the only sign we saw. Nice.
I thought this was actually a pretty scene.
There is a playground. Yay. Can you sense my excitement? I feel really bad sometimes how unexcited I am about taking my kids to playgrounds. I’m one of those terrible mothers who sits there playing on her phone. I’m sorry (not really) but my kids don’t really need me to play with them at the playground. I think the point of a playground is that there are lots of things to play on and play with. They really don’t need me and I actually think they have way more fun if I just leave them alone. Except for the swings. Then they need me to push them over and over and over again.
And can you believe their luck?! Another playground! Yay. This is where I had to take my own advice and concentrate on the girl’s joy instead of my own.
And here it is! Joy! Ok, ok, totally worth it.
This is hike #26 from my Monterey Hikes list.
Hiking distance: 1.3-mile loop
Hiking time: 40 minutes
Configuration: loop with optional spur trails
Elevation gain: level
Exposure: mostly exposed
Hiking buddies: the girls.
Would you do it again? not likely.
Best for… young children who love playgrounds.