Sunday, May 13, 2012
Palo Alto / Stanford University

Dad and Joan, Chris and Jake, and Tom and I went out for breakfast this morning. Ebs had recommended an eatery down the street from the Sheraton, but since it was Mother's Day, it was a no-go. We ended up with a fine breakfast at a Denny's a few miles away.

After breakfast, Chris headed back to L.A., via a microbrewery, as I understand, and Jake took the rest of us on a walking tour of Stanford. Tom and I were here two years ago, but it was Dad and Joan's first time. Stanford has a beautiful campus. Why didn't I go to college someplace with palm trees? We went up in Hoover Tower for a bird's-eye view of campus, then hammed it up among the statues.

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Jacob, Ed, and Joan at Stanford

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Memorial Church

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Hoover Tower and Silly Statue

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Fountain from Hoover Tower

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Tom with a Burgher of Calais

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Jake and Burgher and Jana

Jake dropped us off at our hotel, and we made plans to meet again for dinner. Tom and I had some errands to run to get ready for the next few days in Yosemite. Mainly, we needed a cooler and some groceries. After the shopping, we did a bit of nearby sightseeing, finding our inspiration from RoadsideAmerica.com. The Alien Trompe-l'Oeil Murals were lame, the Naked Running Car Statue was cool yet underwhelming, but the Body of Urban Myth and the other artwork at the Cafe Riace (200 Sheridan Avenue, No. 102, Palo Alto) were great!

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Body of Urban Myth

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More artwork at the Cafe Riace

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And more

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And the best!

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Naked Running Car

In the evening Jake and Ebs, Dad and Joan, and Tom and I went for dinner at Crouching Tiger Restaurant in Redwood City. Jake and Ebs are quite the Chinese food fans after spending their fall semester last year at Stanford's sister university in China. The food was really good. Jake and Ebs were excellent hosts for our Palo Alto visit!

We visited for a while back in Dad and Joan's hotel room, then we all took our leave. Tomorrow the folks start toward home, Jake and Ebs have class, and Tom and I head to Yosemite!

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The Goetzes in Redwood City

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