Did you know that you can go backpacking just 30 minutes from the San Franscisco Peninsula? Yes, you can. There's a backpacker's camp in the Monte Bello Open Space Preserve up in the hills west of Palo Alto.
It's reached by hiking just 2 miles from the parking lot. What a great way to introduce the family to backpacking.
My son has been backpacking before, with my husband, but it was the first time for my daughter, and the first time for us as a family.
We got on the trail at around 6pm. It was gorgeous and we felt like we were in the middle of nowhere.
We got all set up, and ate dinner while the sun was going down. Long days sure come in handy this time of year.
Thank you to my husband, the backpacking/camping expert in the family, for leading and organizing this great family outing!