The land for the Moffett Field...
The land for the Moffett Field was commissioned by the United States Government in 1933, and was originally to serve as a base for the navy dirigible the U.S.S. Macon. The Nasa-Ames Research Centre researches hyper-velocity flight, and it has a gigantic wind tunnel which is used for research. This is a photo of my husband and son in front of a scaled down version of the Shuttle.
Skip Muir Woods - there are so...
Skip Muir Woods - there are so many visitors, they even had to pave the trails! If you want to see redwoods (and you should definitely see the redwoods), go to Big Basin Redwoods state park, north of Santa Cruz.
Another good redwood park: Portola state park, where Page's Mill once stood.
If you go to Lick observatory on Mt Hamilton, go on down the back side. You will end up in Livermore after seeing country so wild, you'd never know you were within fifty miles of several million people.
In PA itself, check out the Museum of American Heritage, a little operation on a side street. Interesting and friendly people; my favourite is the print shop, complete with a guy who worked for many years as a typesetter. Open Friday and weekend afternoons.
Pizza My Heart
Pizza My Heart in central Palo Alto is the perfect late night pizza spot, close to all the bars and clubs, as well as the university and many hotels. We arrived around midnight and the huge dining room was packed and the lines at the pizza counter at least 15 deep. Laura had a slice of super veggie for $4 and I had the prima pizza with tomatoes and olives for $3.75. A Diet Coke was $1.75 and a draft beer just $3.25. We stood in line for about 5 minutes, then plopped down in the second last table in the dining room. This late at night, there were at least 100 people hanging out and munching on pizza, 98 percent of them (minus us) appeared to be local university students.
Besides Palo Alto, Pizza My Heart has locations in San Jose, Santa Clara, Cupertino, Willow Glen, Campbell, Saratoga, Blossom Hill, Los Gatos, Santa Cruz, Capitola, Monterey, Emeryville, San Mateo, Mountain View, and Redwood City.
All three Stanfords (Leland, Jane and Leland Jr.) are buried in a Mausoleum located near the Arizona Garden. There is also a statue of the three of them. Leland Jr. is holding a scroll that says "Dedicated to Science and the Good of Humanity."
Located 35 miles south of San Francisco and 14 miles north of San Jose, Palo Alto is a community of approximately 61,200 residents. Part of the San Francisco Metropolitan Bay Area and the Silicon Valley, Palo Alto is located within Santa Clara County and borders San Mateo County.
The City‘s boundaries extend from San Francisco Bay on the east to the Skyline Ridge of the coastal mountains on the west, with Menlo Park to the north and Mountain View to the south. The City encompasses an area of approximately 26 square miles, of which one-third is open space.
Palo Alto is strategically located and easily accessible to major surface routes, including Interstate 280, Highway 101, Highway 84 - the Dumbarton Bridge and Highway 92 - the Hayward-San Mateo Bridge.
Air transportation is easily accessible by bus, automobile or shuttle service to San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland international airports.
Within the City, commuter rail transportation is conveniently located and the Palo Alto stop is one of the most used in the CalTrain system.
Alternative transportation options include numerous bike paths throughout the City and an internal shuttle service is also available.
The City of Palo Alto is more than 100 years old, and is named after a majestic 1000 (not 250) year old coastal redwood tree along San Francisquito Creek, where early Spanish explorers settled.
Palo Alto’s tree-lined streets and historic buildings reflect its California heritage. At the same time, Palo Alto is recognized worldwide as a leader in cutting-edge technological development. This exciting mix of tradition and innovation makes Palo Alto an extraordinary place in which to operate a business.
As befits the City known as “Birthplace of the Silicon Valley,” the City has developed a 31-mile dark fiber ring for ultra-fast Internet access.
Characteristic of Palo Alto is the care taken to protect open space and parkland. Palo Alto has a remarkable number of City-owned parks for its size (34 at last count) and nearly one-third of its 26 square miles is open space.