Children and Youth

Moonlight walk on De Anza Trail

The public is invited out for a special family friendly evening walk on De Anza Trail Saturday, April 28.

R.E.A.C.H. San Benito Parks Foundation and will host a Moonlight Walk on the Juan Bautista De Anza National Historic Trail (De Anza Trail) Saturday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m. The public is invited.

Interested walkers will meet at the base of the De Anza Trail, outside of San Juan Bautista. At 7:30 p.m., Jim Ostdick, your trail guide, will talk about the origin of the Moon and what to be aware of in the exciting experience ahead.

Moonrise is at 6:45 p.m. The landscape will be beautifully illuminated when we reach the overview a little beyond the one-mile marker. The event is family friendly, mildly strenuous, and free. Donations for the enhancement of future walks are always welcome.

Relying on the Moon to light our way is a thrilling, confidence-building experience, especially for youngsters. A flashlight will not be necessary during the walk but bring one along in case of emergency. The trail is wide and kind, so come on out to walk in the moonlight!

Bring your water bottle and light snack if you think you need it. At the De Anza Trail Gate, organizers will have an information table and EZ-up tent set up to take contact information and hand out “First Moonlight Walk” badges to participants! You will also be asked to sign a Waiver of Liability before we head up the trail.

Organizers ask that you sign up in advance at the website so they know the number of people to accommodate, or call the R.E.A.C.H. cell number: 831-601- 5154

if you have questions.  Please refer to R.E.A.C.H. San Benito Parks Foundation and/or Facebook pages in case of last minute changes due to weather.

A little bit about writer/adventurer and our guide for the evening:  Jim Ostdick is the author of 24 articles called “Walking San Benito.”  The series of articles, sponsored by and archived on, introduces readers to a wide variety of hiking opportunities throughout the county. Ostdick is a retired teacher and author, including his recently published Palomino Nation: My 2016 Crazyass Walk Across America, about his 3,322-mile cross-country trek.

  • About R.E.A.C.H: R.E.A.C.H. San Benito Parks Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), established in 2012 by San Benito County residents, to facilitate a healthy community through the preservation and enhancement of parks, facilities, and recreation programs in San Benito County. The mission of R.E.A.C.H. San Benito Parks Foundation is to support outdoor adventure and health, raise funds, and advocate for more and improved, sustainable parks and recreation facilities, bike ways and trails, programs and services, ensuring healthy living for all in our San Benito County community.
  • About Jim Ostdick: Jim is a retired teacher and author who has resided in San Juan Bautista since 2005. His primary interests are energy conservation, outdoor recreation, and human-powered travel.  Jim has backpacked the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada (2009), bicycled the perimeter of the lower forty-eight United States (2013-14), and walked from the Atlantic coast to the Pacific coast (REACH Across America, 2016). He is the author of Palomino and the Dream Machine: A Retired Dude’s Bicycle Tour Around the Lower Forty-Eight United States (, 2015) and Palomino Nation: My 2016 Crazyass Walk Across America (, 2017).
  • About BenitoLink: is a nonprofit news and information website serving San Benito County residents. The website began in 2012 as a project of the Community Foundation for San Benito County and became a separate 501c3 in December 2015. BenitoLink is designed to provide consistent coverage of local government, our elected leaders, and regional news. BenitoLink publishes original content by professional reporters and photographers on a daily basis. It also welcomes community content, making the nonprofit website the community’s information town square and a place for civil conversation and interaction of ideas.

To sign in for the Moonlight Walk: R.E.A.C.H. website or call the R.E.A.C.H. cell number:  831-601-5154 if you have questions.


Leslie David

Leslie David is a Bay Area independent reporter/producer and is a BenitoLink founding board member. She has produced for radio, television, newspaper and magazines in both California and Wyoming. She was with KRON-TV News in San Francisco as camera-woman, editor and field producer, where she won the Commonwealth Club's Thomas Storke Award with Linda Yee for their series on the Aids Epidemic. She started as a small market news reporter shooting her own 16mm film at KEYT-TV Santa Barbara. Leslie lives on a ranch with her family in San Benito County.