The first quarter
The first quarter released in 2005 honors California, and is the 31st in the United States Mint's 50 State Quarters® Program. California was admitted into the Union on September 9, 1850, becoming our Nation’s 31st State. Nicknamed the "Golden State," California’s quarter depicts naturalist and conservationist John Muir admiring Yosemite Valley’s monolithic granite headwall known as "Half Dome" and also contains a soaring California condor. The coin bears the inscriptions "California," "John Muir," "Yosemite Valley" and "1850."
In 1849, the year before California gained statehood, the family of 11-year-old John Muir emigrated from Scotland to the United States, settling in Wisconsin. In 1868, at the age of 30, Muir sailed up the West Coast and landed in San Francisco. He made his home in the Yosemite Valley, describing the Sierra Nevada Mountains as "the Range of Light… the most divinely beautiful of all the mountain chains I have seen." He devoted the rest of his life to the conservation of natural beauty, publishing more than 300 articles and 10 books that expanded his naturalist philosophy.
The 20-member California State Quarter Commission was formed to solicit design concepts from California citizens and to review all submissions. The Commission forwarded 20 design concepts to Governor Gray Davis’s office for further consideration. From these, five were chosen as finalists and sent for final review to the United States Mint. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger chose the final selection from this group of five. The four other design concepts considered included "Waves and Sun," "Gold Miner," "Golden Gate Bridge," and the "Giant Sequoia" design. The Department of Treasury approved the "John Muir/Yosemite Valley" design on April 15, 2004.
Play with technology - The Tech Museum
The Tech Museum of Innovation is not really a "must see" activity. I think it is a little off the charts for a normal itinerary to the Bay Area.
But if you have an afternoon to spend downtown and nothing to d - the Tech is cool.
Right down town in the center of the city.
Has history of innovation plus a lot of hand on displays to play with.
Pretty cool, especially if everything is working.
Motorcycle Park in San...
Motorcycle Park in San Jose-There is one motorcycle off road park run by Santa Clara County. Located off Metcalf Rd. near Hwy 101, 15mi. south of San Jose, CA. (For additional information, Mail: Parks and Recreation Department, 298 Garden Hills Dr., Los Gatos, CA 95030). Phone: 408/226-5223. MC, ATV.
This park is very close to my home, within 20 minutes. I can go have fun on my Dualsport Suzuki DR350 here. When friends come along we then load up our pick-up trucks and bike trailers and go for fun trail rides. There are tracks here also to practice motocross. Park is not big and can get boring at times. Still it is fun place to go on spur of the moment!
If you're not driving, this is one of the way to get from San Francisco to San Jose/Gilroy & vise versa.
Here's some of the options:
One-way tickets are valid for 4 hours from the date & time of purchase and are honored for one-way travel from point of origin, including stopovers within the zones shown.
10-ride tickets are vald for 60 days, but each ride is valid for 4 hours and must be time-stamped using one of the station validators. You can also use the same ticket for multiple passangers, but ticket must be stamped once for each passanger.
Day passes are valid for unlimited travel between zones indicated on the pass until the last train of the sevice day.
Purchase your ticket before boarding - tickets not sold on train!!
When the moon hits your eye...
The Old Spaghetti Factory is a nation-wide chain, with a location in the middle of San Pedro Square, the historical heart and now a new people hotspot for downtown San Jose. The atmosphere inside the restaurant is great! One way to get inside is by walking through a small alley that looks like something straight from Italy. One inside, you're greeted by an enormous, eclectic building complete with old black and white photographs, Victorian chairs and sofas, 19th century lampshades, and even a half-century old street car, where people can sit and have dinner in. The Chicken Parmagania is excellent. To tell you the truth, much of the food here is great, and affordable!