An Outing to Pierce Point Ranch

March 1, 2007
When the rain stops and you simply have to get out of the house and back to nature, head to Pierce Point Ranch on the Pt. Reyes peninsula for a perfect day outing. At the north end of Pt. Reyes, Pierce Point Ranch dates back to 1858 and was at one time a successful dairy ranch. It's been preserved by the park service, and it's a great place to take the kids to see some wildlife and learn about ranching life in the old days.

Those looking for more to do can head out on nearby Tomales Point Trail, which affords breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and Tomales Bay as seen in the picture above. It's about 9 miles round trip to Tomales Point, so it's probably not suitable for little kids. Also nearby is McClure's Beach, located at the end of a short trail.

You'll see a variety of wildlife out there, including tule elk (there's a large herd that lives out there), as well as bobcats, hawks, deer, and more.

Frances England "Fascinating Creatures"

February 23, 2007
It's so refreshing to find some kids' music that doesn't make you want to run screaming from the room. Thanks to The Poop parenting blog on for pointing out Frances England and her album "Fascinating Creatures". An indie- and folk-inspired take on music for children, it's a lot of fun. Plus, she's a mom herself! You can buy Fascinating Creatures on iTunes.
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