It was really hot in the Silicon Valley for the past two weeks. The trip to the ocean was a great way to beat the heat. We can reach the ocean in about 45 minutes without the traffic, and we were lucky today. We left early and beat the crowds. Anna was very excited, when I told her in the morning that we are going to see the ocean. Her first question was, Is it a swimming ocean? I had to disappoint her and tell her that our ocean is too cold to swim and that the waves are too strong. She thought about it for a while, then asked, Is there a baby ocean? It's logical - our pool has a wading pool area, so maybe the ocean should also have a baby area :)
The Wilder Ranch is one of our favorite hiking stops on the coast. The ground is even, the hike is not strenuous, and the views of the coastline are spectacular. And there is also a historic ranch that is sometimes open for visits with a small farm next to it. Anna was quite interested in the vegetable patch - our suburban girl has never seen how vegetables grow yet. I do plan to plant a small vegetable garden next year.
In the hindsight, I think that this particular hike was not well suited for toddler interest. The cliffs are steep, the ocean is far below, and the wind is chilly. Nevertheless, she did walk at least some of the way and enjoyed throwing rocks from the cliffs. Maybe next time we will try something that actually has a beach access - perhaps Half-Moon Bay. I just wish I could stomach the drive - the traffic to Half-Moon Bay really stinks, especially on the weekends.