Weekend Excursions: Oakland Zoo, Mushroom Dome, Blackhawk Plaza

We took a few weekend trips recently — one to the Oakland Zoo, one to the Mushroom Dome in Aptos, and one to Blackhawk Plaza in Danville.

At the zoo, Alison finally got to see all the animals we’ve been showing her in books in real life! She was fascinated by the giraffes. (And I was too — I don’t think I’ve seen that many of them in one place before!)

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The zoo also had a neat exhibit where you could pet goats and other animals. Alison was really curious what their fur felt like.


On our trip to Aptos, we stopped by Santa Cruz. The beachfront attractions were closed and the sky looked like it was going to rain, so we took a side trip to the Seymour Marine Discovery Center. They had a touch exhibit, so Alison got to touch a starfish!

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By the time we got to Mushroom Dome it was starting to get dark, but we managed to take a picture in front of the iconic Airbnb before the sun went down completely.

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On another weekend, I took Alison to Blackhawk Plaza while Kathy was at work. There were a lot of ducks that day!

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We had been to this plaza before, but not since Alison started saying “duck”. She was also old enough to feed the ducks herself this time.

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After we were done feeding the ducks, we got some lunch for ourselves.


Summer Fireworks

Our community had a summer festival, and we went to take pictures of the fireworks show at night.

Antique Fair

Kathy heard about an antique fair in Niles, a tiny little town near Fremont. We decided to go check it out.

One of the stores was selling an antique Ophthalmometer made out of cast iron and brass. It had a really cool steampunk look to it.

One of the stands was selling comics. I found a comic with a nice cover featuring Boba Fett for $3. It’ll make a nice display piece on my desk at the office.

Not everyone was selling antiques — some stands were selling food. It looked pretty good, but Kathy and I had just come from lunch, so we decided to pass.