Visiting the same parks can seem boring. But environments and conditions always change, offering new experiences. President’s day presented a surprisingly sunny day out at the Sunol Regional Wilderness, coupled with freezing temperatures and a cottony layer of fog. It turned out so popular that the Park rangers halted entry around mid-day due to full parking and long lines at the toll kiosk.
Nearby to downtown Hayward along the San Lorenzo Creek are the Hayward’s Japanese Gardens. Currently maintained by the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District, these are the oldest Japanese gardens in California.
It’s not a large garden and the grounds can be covered in about 30 minutes depending on what sort of contemplative mood you’re in. Still, it’s free and open from 8:30am – 4:00pm every day except Christmas.