Recently, Ryder and I have done some hiking a bit closer to home: the Pearson-Arastradero Preserve and Foothills Park, both of which are run by the city of Palo Alto and are within a few miles of our home.
Arastradero is mostly rolling grassland hills, with some views across the Bay.
Foothills Park (at least the part we hiked) was more varied – steeper hills, a stream bed that looks like it will be quite active when it starts to rain again, and a nice assortment of flora. Plus, it’s start to look a bit like fall, with some leaves turning red!
In all, we found Foothills Park to be a much more interesting place, and we’re looking forward to going back in the winter when the stream is running again.