We started the morning off at Scramblz, the kids' favorite place to eat breakfast. Then we decided to see how close we could drive to Mt. Umunhum. Everyone local knows what Mt. Umunhum is-- The mountain peak with the big white cube shaped building at top that we can all see from Almaden. An old military base (read here for details) the concrete tower was part of a radar system used to detect incoming aircraft during the Cold War.
For what ever reason, Vinny is fascinated with Mt Umunhum and the building on top. Frequently when he draws an outdoor scene, he will include the mountain and building in the background. We knew it was closed up top, but wanted to see how close we could get. So off we went.
When we got back to our car there was a nice Park Ranger waiting for us, with a written warning. Apparently the "do not block access" sign that Pete parked in front of was real and they really didn't want us to block the road. Thank you Mr. Park Ranger for not giving us a real ticket!
You don't have to go far, or do anything elaborate or fancy to have a fun family day. It was just a few hours total, but we had a nice morning visiting with the kids, and enjoying some beautiful scenery right in our own backyard.