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Rancho San Antonio

 | June 10, 2009 7:28 PM

In the last week we have gone to Rancho San Antonio three times including today.  Rancho San Antonio is this wonderful open space preserve located in Mountain View and Los Altos.

Our typical day at Rancho San Antonio is me pushing our two person stroller with all three children sitting in it.  The kids will then jump off to either chase a bird or explore a section of the creek or climb a hill.  And I get tired pushing the stroller, feeding the kids, helping them across the creek or up a hill, and reassuring them that it’s okay if they got wet.

Using the wonderful world of Flickr I found numerous photos of this glorious space.

The first time we went was a week ago, Wednesday, June 3 and the first thing we saw were the numerous wild turkeys standing on the road in front of us.  I said to the kids to say hello to the turkeys.  They then unexpectedly starting running towards the turkeys yelling “Hi turkeys!”

Wild Turkey-IMG_6190-Rancho San Antonio-Crop by gimlack.

The second time we went was on Saturday, June 7.  Near the end of our time we saw a beautiful family of deer, a mother, a father and a fawn.

Black-tailed Deer-IMG_6003-Rancho San Antonio-crop by gimlack.

The third time we went was today.  We climbed up a hill and at the top of the hill was a beautiful California quail which was calmly watching us.  I think it would have stayed there until Isaac scared it away.

California Quail-IMG_5890-Rancho San Antonio-crop by gimlack.

What is interesting is how many older Chinese and Korean people like this place.  Almost half of the hikers are speaking Chinese or Korean, mostly Chinese.

I am looking forward to when the kids are older and we can try some of the longer trails.  It’s just a wonderful park.

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Northern California Winter

 | March 5, 2009 10:34 PM

For the most part I enjoy Northern California winter.  In fact I think it might be my favorite season which is the opposite of when I was living in the northeast.  There are several reasons why I enjoy it.

  1. It does not get too cold.
  2. It is apparently too cold for most other people which is why when you go to the park or any other outdoor place, they are usually somewhat deserted.
  3. The rain is really welcome since it does not rain at all the other nine months of the year.
  4. The sun is not so hot so you do not have to wear sun screen.
  5. It does not feel as busy.
  6. The landscape is green instead of brown and the mountains sometime have snow on top.

On New Year’s Day Ji Seon and her anonymous friend along with Dylan and Isaac went to Monterey Bay Aquarium.  Of course it was raining but the boys had a good time though in Ji Seon’s opinion not good enough to justify buying a season’s pass and driving ninety minutes each way.

With the rain the oranges on the trees ripen.  In this photo Dylan holds up a siamese orange I picked from one of our trees.

Isaac and Dylan have really begun enjoying riding.  Dylan is still on training wheels while Isaac loves his new Cars tricycle.

Victoria loves being outdoors whether it is raining or not.  Here she and Isaac are hanging out in the rain in our backyard.

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Best Moments of the Day 8

 | January 10, 2009 6:28 PM

I have not done this for awhile.

Today the kids and I went to the Farmer’s Market and then we went to a new park, Raynor Park.

Good moments were:

  1. Watching Isaac and Dylan share popcorn at the Farmer’s Market.
  2. Seeing the kids enjoy the new park.

But the best moment was seeing how Ji Seon appreciated the time off I gave her.  I also enjoyed how much she laughed at one of my jokes.  It’s been a long time since that has happened.  🙂

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Bird Watching in Sunnyvale

 | December 31, 2008 5:49 PM

Having lived here in the Bay Area for over a year I find myself often being surprised by the flora and fauna of this area.  In particular I have enjoyed bird watching here.

One of the first birds that amazed me was the hummingbird.  I had never seen one before and I was fascinated by these small birds that dart and hover around so quickly, not unlike how insects fly.  Here is a photo of a Sunnyvale hummingbird from Flickr.

HummerPreen by oskay

In September when I was walking with Dylan to the San Jose Children’s Museum I saw an egret in the Guadalupe River.  I was so excited as I shouted and pointed it out to Dylan that the bird flew away.  I just could not believe such a large and majestic bird lived here right in the city.  Below is a photo I found on Flickr of possibly the same egret.

Great Egret by gimlack

A few weeks ago I watched a peregrine falcon swoop into my backyard and rest on the fence.  Again I was amazed at this large bird of prey just sitting a few feet away.  The falcon was my favorite bird when I was growing up because that was the name of my school intramural team.  Here I found a photo on Flickr of possibly the same falcon.

Peregrine Falcon Sunnyvale by gimlack

Recently I was visiting Las Palmas park with Dylan and Isaac.  There was a group of birds flying around and making an incredible commotion.  At first I assumed that it was your typical small birds but when the group swooped into a small tree I was able to observe that they were parrots.  They are green and incredibly noisy.  As I watched them chew on the branches I wondered where they came from since I had never seen them before.  Here is an article about these parrots, called mitred conures.  This article, which is about ten years old, says these parrots "likely started as escaped or lost pets."  Again Flickr provides an astounding photo.

Wild Parrots in Sunnyvale by larryhendler

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Best Moments of the Day 2

 | December 8, 2008 11:24 PM

The best moment was at the park with the kids when Victoria was playing with me and smiling while trying to put her hand into my mouth.

The next best moment was meeting a mom who is new to the area and is looking for community.  I suggested GrX and specifically the Mom’s Ministry and she agreed to let Ji Seon contact her.

The third best moment was helping Dylan learn how to slide down the pole.

What is not so great is that Isaac won’t say he loves me anymore.  He only loves 엄마 (“umma”, mommy in Korean).  Maybe I need to buy him more toys. 🙂

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Grateful Day 14

 | December 6, 2008 9:59 PM
  1. I am grateful that today I got to spend some time with the kids.  We had fun playing with their toys and then at the park.  Ji Seon was out getting a foot massage.
  2. I am grateful that we got to eat kalbi twice today, once for lunch at our house and once for dinner at a friend’s.  Enjoyed also the fresh trout.
  3. I am grateful that Alan tells me when I am going crazy.
  4. I am grateful that it’s December and we can still go outside and enjoy the weather, though it is pretty chilly at night.
  5. I am grateful this exercise is finally over.

This was an interesting exercise.  I can’t say I have a greater spiritual appetite but I am glad I persevered and did it most days.

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