Nieve smiling with glee after being caught by Nanna and Mom when she tried to, "Run away! Run away!"
Nana is visiting over the long weekend and one activity the kids wanted to do with her is enjoying the natural beauty of northern California (and take advantage of the unusually dry weather). We had intended to take her to Heritage Grove, a stand of ancient redwood trees, but an injured cyclist in need of a ride changed our plans en route.
Ronan and Nana power walking together - and Nana trying to keep him on the trail...
... and a little later Ronan slowed the pace to help Nieve up the trail
Instead we decided to explore the closer Edgewood Park in Redwood City, a fine place for a stroll. There are plenty of trails that run up and down oak and bay covered hills and we came across several deer, a couple of bucks, and a red-tailed hawk.
A note to the uninitiated - stump hopping is best done while holding a car in your hand
Climbing fallen trees is a favorite pastime of little explorers
I was impressed with Ronan's ability to keep the pace - he hiked most of the way under his own power even though we covered a couple of very hilly miles. Both kids seemed to go out of the way to wander off the trail, meaning that we may have nasty little poison oak rashes appearing on Ronan and Nieve in the coming days.
Cold weather called for mittens
A pretty place for a picnic
Nana too seemed to enjoy the fresh air, though the clear skies and the breeze made it a bit brisk. After a picnic lunch and some fun downhill trail running we made it back to the car just in time for Nieve's nap. It was a fun time had by all and certainly unexpected for a mid-January outing!
Nieve's grin is a victorious one - she cajoled me into carrying her in my arms (as opposed to riding in a backpack). Thankfully she's still pretty light.