California

California

2009-07-04

California

On my way to Australia I stopped off in Mountain View, CA to visit some of my friends who were interning with NASA. Unfortunately Steph and Tanya had a lot of work to do, and so I did not see much of them (still good to see them, though). Luckily Tanya's sister and mother came to visit at the same time, so they rented a car and drove me around. How nice of them.


Monteray Pirate

2009.07.23 As usual I was terrible at taking photos. So despite visiting for a number of days, the first photographic evidence of me being in California is in Monteray Bay. Here is a pretty awesome pirate. There is also a wooden statue and me in the photo. photo credit - Riva


Riva and Rich White Water

2009.07.23 One of the exhibits at the aquarium had a tunnel under a waterfall. While this photo just looks like the camera is not set right, it is actually whitewash behind us. Not to mention we probably spend half an hour trying to get this photo, so I had better put it in. photo credit - Riva


Riva and Rich Monteray Bay

2009.07.23 Also at the aquarium. I photoshopped in the background. Isn't that an awesome dress Riva is wearing? photo credit - Riva


Otter

2009.07.23 This otter is adorable! Lots of people have heard me tell the story about how we thought she was adorable as she cleaned her face, then her eyes, then her ears. But then she started again. And again. Right around that point I read the exhibit sign, which mentioned that the aquarium rescues and returns otters to the wild. Only the ones who are not capable of returning to the wild stay... and this otter spends most of her day grooming herself. I don't remember her name, most of the time I make one up, though. Lets call her Tiffany. photo credit - Riva


Rich and Jellies

2009.07.23 Another photo which probably took half an hour to take. Isn't it all artsy? photo credit - Riva


Lunch

2009.07.23 After the aquarium we (Rina, Riva, and I) went to lunch. The clam cowder was excellent, and of course I thought the cup which came with a meal would be sufficient. Should have gotten the bowl. photo credit - Riva


Route 1

2009.07.23 We left Monteray Bay and drove along Highway 1, which is very scenic. This photo kinda summarises the sights, as it is rocky with water to one side. However the road would have been a blast to drive on, it was very curvy.


Route 1

2009.07.23 Riva and I on Route 1.


Route 1

2009.07.23 Riva and I on Route 1.


Intel

2009.07.24 We visited the Intel facility, which had a small museum talking about Intel's history. Did you know Intel made memory before processors? I did. It was still fun. photo credit - Riva


Stanford Sit

2009.07.24 We made it to Stanford University, and walked around a bit. My biggest impression is that it is huge, as the entrance circle is probably as large as the University of Michigan Diag. Also, the weather must always be nice for palm trees to grow. Jerks. Here is Rina and I sitting on a bench. photo credit - Riva


Stanford Sit

2009.07.24 Still at Stanford, here is Riva and I sitting in front of some building and a fountain, which probably both have names. photo credit - Riva


Stanford Sit

2009.07.24 You can see the bell tower which we were not allowed into. However, my experience with towers is that you climb the stairs because everyone else is doing it, and then everyone sits at the top because everyone is tired, and has realised the trip was not worth it. photo credit - Riva

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