Sharon planned a surprise getaway weekend. She didn't tell me where we were going or what we were doing.
We left the house a little after 9:00 am. Winding our way east, we took Highway 80 through San Francisco and then 380 to 280 to 92. We ended up heading south on Skyline Boulevard. It took us three hours and 20 minutes to cover about 130 miles; the traffic through Berkeley and the Bay Bridge toll plaza was very heavy. We finally stopped at the Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve Parking lot.
We ended up hiking for just under two hours and covering 4.34 miles. We stopped for lunch at Horseshoe Lake. We also walked through the David C. Daniels Nature Center. It was a very nice hike. It was definitely worth the effort to get there. A map is here.
After the hike, we wound our way down into Los Gatos. We spent the night at the Los Gatos Hotel. Sharon booked a nice junior suite. Sharon had stayed in hotel with Tommy and Janie when they went to the retreat house in March.
After lounging in the room, we got cleaned up for dinner. We had dinner at Dio Deka, a Michelin Star Greek restaurant located in the hotel. After an octopus appetizer [mesquite grilled octopus, lemon, olive oil, oregano], Sharon had a rainbow trout special, while I had the lamb chops [Double-cut, all-natural & free range from Southern regions of Australia, olive oil crushed potatoes, Cipollini onions]. We eventually wandered back up to the room and crashed.