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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