Sunday, August 30, 2009

San Antonio Rd. Loop out to Palo Alto Airport/Golf Course - Aug. 29, 2009

August 29, 2009
Yesterday was one of the hottest days of the summer. Today was supposed to be cooler; it was not. The usual breeze off the Bay: nada. So, today's ~ 5.5-to-6 mile hike turned into more of a death march, except for a stop for lunch and root beer (large cup, lots of ice) at the Palo Alto golf course restaurant. (A blue line in the Google maps image shows our walk route; thank you Alec for plotting this.)

Also, in the rush to get started, I forgot to change from flip flop sandals to walking shoes. Not advisable. Thank you to the folks at the restaurant who provided me with two bandaids; they lasted at least a mile on the trudge back before being rubbed off.

Ultimately, I had to rest under a shade tree about a 1/2 mile from where the car was parked, and was picked up/rescued near San Antonio Road and Elwell Court. This location where I pooped out happened to be a stone's throw from my first job in Silicon Valley, as West Coast Editor of Telecommunications Magazine, giving me a chance to wax nostalgic for a few minutes.

Also, nearby in a creek opening into the bay (at the bicycle/pedestrian underpass (under Highway 101)) were a group of large gray (what looked to be) carp fish. They were swimming around in murky, algae-green water surrounded by cement, mud, and cattails. Maybe the heat was affecting them too.

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