SMS and I continue to have an awesome time in Mountain View. Work is going well and I was glad to get the first week under my belt. Also, we found Moffett Field and its still functioning commissary last weekend. Yeah! How lucky is it to find a tax-free place for grocery shopping in NorCal?!
Saturday morning, SMS and I headed to Shoreline Park where we walked along the trails circling the lake and bay. We want to rent a tandem bike some weekend and picnic, but it requires slightly more planning than we had done that weekend. It was really beautiful and I can’t wait to go back. We also walked along the outside of the historic Rengstorff home. It’s a house formerly owned by a big shipping magnate in the region, although it was moved to its current location several decades ago and fell into disrepair before being restored. Now, it’s a popular wedding site.
|A study for the Burghers of Calais, a group of six leaders of Calais who volunteered to surrender
to King Edward III after a long siege. Although they were to be executed, the were saved by
the intervention of Queen Phillipa.
After Shoreline, we went over to Stanford. We headed to the Cantor Arts Center and wandered in the Rodin Sculpture garden. It was really awesome. My favorite Rodin museum is the one in Philadelphia but this one was also impressive. It has one of the five casts of the Gates of Hell in existence, which is a masterpiece which recapitulates a lot of Rodin’s themes and earlier sculptures within it.
We also went up the Stanford clock tower for the view. There was a moderate wait and a nominal $3 charge. It was a great day- very clear and we could see all the way to San Francisco. Although we felt a bit rushed, it was a great sight and maybe we’ll go back on a weekday.
Finally, we went to Philz Coffee where we tried a delicious iced coffee mojito. I know, it sounds so weird but picture a mint mocha (delicious, right?), minus the mocha. Despite taking away the chocolate, it somehow works and is so tasty and refreshing. We walked to Trader Joe’s and along the way, found a road sign to Opportunity Center. Here’s to that search!