Favorite Spots to View the Redwoods

Take the kids to see trees that are hundreds of years old. It’s always a plus to find a hollowed out redwood so kids can climb in and truly enjoy one of our Bay Area native treasures.
Big Basin Redwoods State Park – Look for the Mother and Father of the Forest – the biggest trees in this park. 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek. www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=540.
Butano State Park – Banana slugs are all over this park. Follow them to the Candelabra tree that has five huge vertical branches coming out of the massive trunk. 1500 Cloverdale Road, Pescadero. www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=536.
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park – Take this park’s Redwood Loop trail to find the famed Fremont tree. You and your 20 closest friends can go inside. 101 N. Big Trees Park Road, Felton. www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=546. 
Muir Woods National Monument – While it can get very crowded, you should visit Muir Woods National Monument at least once since it has some of the most beautiful old-growth redwoods. Consider taking the Muir Woods Shuttle or carpooling since parking is limited. 1 Muir Woods Road, Mill Valley. www.nps.gov/muwo/index.htm.
Redwoods Regional Park – Give a little lesson in preservation at this park that’s full of second-growth redwoods. 7867 Redwood Road, Oakland. www.ebparks.org/parks/redwood.
Wilder Ranch State Historic Park ­– You can hike from the ocean to the redwoods at this park that also offers living history days. 1401 Coast Road, Santa Cruz. www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=549.


A Taste of Latkes

In the Bay Area, winter holiday time is eclectic, rich in traditions from across the globe. Over the years, we’ve been invited to feasts of every variety. Come Hanukkah, my house is thick with the smell of potato latkes frying. I, for my part, am famous – at least among my boys and their hungry friends – for my potato latkes, which I always serve with applesauce made from apples from the first tree we planted when we moved into our house decades ago.

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