Treehouse + A Bridge with a Slide
And another invite to join OC Tiny Hikes before time runs out
Thank you for being here. I know it takes effort to subscribe, open, and read these little notes from me. Just know that it’s no small thing to me and it means you are working to prioritize play and gift your children with outside time.
Your kids keep me going and sharing these places makes me feel like I’m contributing to your fulfilling family life and childhoods filled with special nature connections.
A reader requested I start a series with my Breakfast + Park post on Instagram. I’ve been sharing those as Play Trips right here in my newsletter for years, but I’m happy to shine a light on them via Instagram. So stay tuned for more Weekend Play Trips.
I first shared Grijalva Community Park in Orange back in March 2009. It got a really full update with tons more photos — including the bridge with the slide! We grabbed breakfast after our scouting visit at nearby Taco Mesa on Chapman Avenue. If Mexican food isn’t your thing, then 85 Degrees bakery is right next door for pastries and their famous sea salt coffee!
I love it when I go back to posts that readers have helped me create! Kristin became a “volunteer park reporter” for a day and wrote up Mountain View Park for me after the park’s 2016 re-do. Not the best for multiple kids running between multiple play areas to get on the tire swing (treehouse playground) or bench swings (monkey bar playground), but if you are looking for toddler-friendly spots then this one has 4 baby swings and smaller equipment on its own separate playground area. Always make sure you read the “be aware” sections of my posts for important information. This one is may be a good one to visit with friends!
Both these park updates this week happen to have shade covers! So I made sure I added them to my Parks with Shade Covers list post.
Tiny Hike Teaser: We watched this Great Blue Heron hunt for a good 20 minutes! You never know what you will see on this week’s tiny hike!
IMPORTANT DATES! Don’t run out of time to subscribe.
Thank you to those who have already become paid subscribers! If you haven’t decided to get access to these mini trail guides yet, the discount is going away soon.
November 10th, 2023: 35% discount ends. Annual subscriptions will go up from $39/year to $45/year (still a 25% discount).
January 31st, 2024: Paid subscriptions will pause until Fall 2024. So you’ll want to get in on this for Spring Break and Summer! But Fall/Winter is honestly the best time to hike in OC, so don’t wait!
When you hit the Subscribe Now button you will see what each subscription level includes.
Become a Founding Member and go on an in-person hike with me!
Gift subscriptions available! Ask your family members to gift you with these weekly mini trail guides! Better than a book of hikes designed for adults!