We drove to our favorite spot in the Oakland Hills. It is called Reinhard Redwood Regional Park.
We saw so many ladybugs (too many!) and I learned they are actually called lady beetles. They all arrive at their ancestral hibernations grounds to wait out the winter. They like this area near the redwoods and the stream.
We ate our lunch here then walked a little further on the trail towards Skyline, but did not continue all the way.
It was darker and colder on the trail along the redwoods. Thank goodness we were all bundled up. I love visiting this forest. It is so magical and close to where we live!
After our knitting class Emma and I met maiki at Comal. It was a bit of date before dinner at home. Emma read a comic while the parents drank beer and we tried a few tacos. I like the Fieldworks brew and Emma said she would definitely go back for carnitas. It was cold but still sat outside. ✨
Today was the first Sunday of November, first day of the time change and a free day at the Oakland museum. We decided to round out field trip week by attending our local museum. The lighting was so lovely when we returned on our walk around the lake and I snapped this pic of my growing kiddo.
Every time we visit the SF MoMA we take pictures in the red bathroom. Emma is so much taller than the last visit. And there is this picture where she looks tiny!
On Halloween our family decided to go to the zoo. It was a neat day to visit because they were giving out animal trading cards. At the end of the scavenger hunt type collection of these cards you received a OCHO chocolate bar. Emma had a wonderful time collecting the cards and we all enjoyed the amazing real life animals.
Alligators are my very favorite.
The gondola ride is super fun but also it takes you to a whole new part of the zoo!