Monday, February 12, 2024

2024 California Road Trip - Day #1 - Sunnyvale

When Sharon retired in 2022, she talked about taking a road trip down the Central Coast of California. The trip never came together. Planning for 2024 over the last couple of months, we decided to reimagine her trip on a larger scale. We are taking off for two weeks to visit family and friends and explore a number of sites.

Rolling from Sacramento about 9:40 am, we headed towards the South Bay. With a driver change in Alamo, we were at my sister LeeAnn's house in Sunnyvale about 12:10 pm. After a short visit with Dean, Sharon, LeeAnn and I went to lunch at Thai Basil. I had Shrimp Pad Thai.

After lunch, Sharon and I checked into the Courtyard Marriot Sunnyvale Mountain. We are spending one night here.

Using Alltrails to look for an afternoon hike, I settled on a hike from McCellan Ranch Perserve along Stevens Creek. Sharon and I ended up hiking 3.7 miles in almost an hour and thirty minutes. There was an interesting golf course at one end of the hike called Deep Cliff Golf Course. After the hike, Sharon and I stopped at the pro shop and picked up a scorecard.

We finished the day with dinner at Ettan in Palo Alto. We had eaten there when we came to Stacey's wedding in 2021. We split Sesame Leaf [Chaat Flavors on Sesame Leaves with Mango, Chickpea Crumble, Sesame Brittle and Cilantro], Ettan Salad [Mixed Greens, Avocado, Grapes, Pumpkin Seeds with our Signature Fermented Curry Leaf Chutney, Cauliflower [Cauliflower Leaf, Green Onions, Black Mustard and Curry Leaves] and curry with naan bread and rice. The food was very good.

Wandering back to the hotel, we crashed early...

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