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Published: June 23rd 2017
Me: Please don't fall. Come back now. If you fall your really going to be hurt. Come on Alex get down. If you get hurt this early in the trip we can't go anywhere.
Alex: Hop hop, wanna see be spin?
Geo: 37.3529, -121.905
Alex and I checked an activity off our bucket list as we spent the night sleeping under the giant redwoods that dwarf everything around them. Fortunately, I did not succumb to being speared in my tent by any of the branches that we have seen around that these monsters sometime shed. Keep in mind, one branch can be the size of a small tree. Being an early riser, I took advantage of the quiet in the campgrounds and trekked out to admire the forest. Hoping to see some wildlife, this was not my time. I would anticipate, other than the scavengers searching campsites for food, the larger game stays away from the rambunctious campers. After a nice walk, I roused Alex and whipped us up some delicious breakfast burritos. Hoping to score another night in the forest, we headed to the camp office. Unfortunately, we found out we would not be able to camp another night as all the sites were reserved. Back at camp, we spent the good part of an hour trying fruitlessly to dislodge a toy boomerang we had found out of one of the trees. Almost hitting myself with a brick in the head, I
It was the prettiest mini fall I have seen.
decided to find something else to do.We packed up camp and soon were off on a hike to see a waterfall. Now, I had been told, this was a smaller waterfall that was closer than the larger one that was about 4 hours hike. Not wanting to subject myself to all the disapproving banter from my travel partner, I elected the shorter smaller trek. Unfortunately, as we learned last year, state parks are not as rugged and primitive as federal lands. The trail we followed paralleled the main road and seemed to really only be there to keep hikers from getting hit by cars. All the same, we still walked through some beautiful areas as we made our way to the waterfall. As I told Alex earlier, the giant redwoods seem to have taken all the glory from the other natural wonders one usually sees in the woods. There really were no pretty flowers, strange bugs, or colorful birds. This idea seemed to hold true when it came to waterfalls as well. As we approached, I laughed as we saw a small stream of water flowing over a rock. Now I will say, this was a beautiful little miniature waterfall,
A ritzy neighborhood park
We looked homeless cooking soup on a campstove in this posh public park.
as you will see from the photo, but, miniature it was. We headed back to the rental, which I have not previously mentioned is a really nice new Jeep Cherokee, and off we went. Heading back towards San Francisco, we attempted to breach the security at a National Collider experiment station before being turned away by the guards. Alex really wanted to see them make a black hole, go figure. Discovering we were in Silicon Valley, Alex found a History of Computers Museum for us to visit. Having a great interest in the new relationship of electronic technology and automobiles, Alex was in awe with the amount of Tesla's we saw. It seemed like every other car was either a Prius, Tesla, or some other hybrid. Topping off the vehicular sightings was our witnessing of a driverless Google car as it travelled with traffic down the road. We soon arrived at the museum, which to our surprise, was really a great exhibit of how little we knew about computing and what these machines do. This was an impressive display and well worth the visit. Being a Friday evening, they had food trucks outside and live music. We grabbed a bite
to eat and searched for our accommodations for the evening. As we left, we noticed a large number of young people appearing from every side street walking in a common direction. Curious, we followed the traffic and soon became engulfed in chaos near the Google Amphitheatre. We soon discovered, Jayzee was holding a concert, and Silicon Valley residents were in mass. Greeted by our airbnb host Victor, we took to our room and crashed for the night. Off to San Francisco tomorrow.
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