Poets in the Parks : Frolicking, Birdwatching and more at Vasona

I’m really getting into the Santa Clara County Parks “Parks for Life Challenge” and Erica Goss is a good sport and willing to go along with my nutty schemes. Our first adventures were so fun, we went out and did it again.

We met at Vasona Lake Park, where we captured Carrie Grisenti, Parks for Life Game Coordinator. Erica and I want to develop some poetry activities to be included in the game, and Carrie was showing us the ropes.

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Carrie and Erica by the pier at Vasona Lake. Parks for Life Challenge Adventure #7 “Capture a Ranger”

Suddenly, Erica saw a gorgeous, huge white egret lift off the lake and fly into the air. We tried to get a photo, for Adventure #29 “Bird Watching” but Carrie reminded us that we actually had to have a photo of a real bird, not just a story about a bird sighting and a picture of Erica pointing. So, here are the photos of the no-longer-there-egret, Erica, and the still-there pigeon and other small brown bird.

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Erica points where there once had flown a lovely egret.

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There are the birds we actually caught on camera — Erica with a pigeon and something else bird-like-enough. “There’s a pigeon! There’s a pigeon!” Really not a great capture, but good enough for points! Parks for Life Challenge Adventure # 29, Bird Watching

Next we wandered over to the administrative offices for our Adventure # 177 (Park Trivia – Four). Here’s the question:

Activity 177 screen capture explaining it

We went inside the office, read through many brochures, and finally had to get help from the lovely office staff. The “funding source” is the Parks Charter Fund! Here is our photographic proof. (And thanks to the Parks Charter Fund for supporting this really great game.)

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Parks for Life Adventure # 177 (if you zoom in on the photo you can see that the paper says “Parks Charter Fund!” with a heart)

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Next we wandered over toward the Juan Maria Hernandez Adobe Historic Landmark near the entrance to the park. The historical marker was placed in the park in 2014, and Erica wrote a poem to read at the unveiling. (Check out this story about that event). The Parks for Life Adventure #4 is a challenge to “take a goofy picture of yourself at a historic landmark” — well, we decided that we’d replicate the photo of “Juan Hernandez with one of his nine sons” — so here we are. I’m posing like the old man Juan (very stuff and self important) and Erica is sticking her tongue out in the way we imagine “one of his nine sons” might have felt like doing after he was done posing for the camera.

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Erica imagining how “one of his nine sons” might really have felt —

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Jennifer Swanton Brown pretending to be Juan Maria Hernandez (the hat and the posturing are not exactly right, but it was fun!)

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(I hope this is “hysterical” enough to get credit!)

Last but not least, Erica and I tried to “Frolic in the Park” Adventure #21. We were certainly having a great time. It’s hard to take a selfie of two people, frolicking, with their feet and their sign — so the photo at the top of this post is us in a tree with the flag, and here we are with our feet, after having frolicked all afternoon.

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Hope to see you sometime soon, with poetry, in the park!

Poets in the Parks : Vasona Dam, Vasona Pier, Hugging a Tree

Erica Goss (Los Gatos Poet Laureate and my friend!) and I have joined the Santa Clara County Parks “Parks for Life Challenge” — read all about it at this link. Our team is “Poets in the Parks” (of course) and the photo at the top of this post is our flag! Nifty, huh?

Today Erica and I spent some time at Vasona Park in Los Gatos. What a lovely place. I don’t think I’ve been there since high school. We visited Vasona Dam (Adventure # 24 “Take a Dam Picture”), the nice fishing pier (Adventure #341 “Locate the Pier!!!”) and we hugged a gorgeous tree (Adventure #25 “Hug a Tree”).

The photos below are proof!  #Parks4LifeS15

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Jen and Erica at Vasona Dam #Parks4LifeS15

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Erica and Jen at Vasona Dam. Don’t fall in! #Parks4LifeS15 (Adventure #24) Poets in the Parks

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Jen and Erica at Vasona fishing pier, with Emily Dickinson (in the little book)

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Thanks to Ranger Kenny for the great photo! #Parks4LifeS15 (Adventure #341) Poets in the Parks

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Jen reading Emily Dickinson at Vasona Dam. Erica takes great photos with her new camera.

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Jen (not falling in) at Vasona Dam, before we found the nice bicycle guy to take our photo together. See above.

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Reading Emily Dickinson poems at the fishing pier. (“Jen, you have to hold the flag better”)

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Jen holding the flag better but with her eyes closed. You can’t have everything. Vasona Lake fishing pier.

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Vasona lake selfie (with flag appropriately well positioned, thanks to Erica)

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Erica hugging a tree, holding her flag high! #Parks4LifeS15 (Adventure #25) Poets in the Parks

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Jen hugging the tree, flag better (after being chastised yet again)

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Jen hugging and kissing the tree (flag smushed). Are you seeing a pattern here?

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One more selfie, Vasona Lake is so lovely, the afternoon was so lovely (but again, the flag is nowhere to be seen. Thank goodness for Erica and take-overs.)

We would like to thank very cute Ranger Kenny for taking our photos on the pier and a very cute bicyclist who took our photos on the dam. We did our own tree photos.

We had Emily Dickinson with us, too, and we read some of her little poems at all the sites we visited.

Watch this space for more action from your favorite Poets in the Parks!