The Dish at Stanford

I think all of this hiking is catching up to me.  Yesterday I woke up so tired I grabbed my cup of coffee and hung out in bed watching a movie before Lu came in excited to go hiking again.  I can’t let little miss spring break down, so we got ready and made our way to The Dish at Stanford.

I hope you guys aren’t getting tired of all of the hiking posts this week.  If so, SCB will get back to normal next week.  Whatever that means.

Anyway it was 4 very hilly miles with the most incredible 360 views of the whole bay area.  We even saw San Francisco & San Jose.


So much space, so many activities…


The beginning of the trail was beautiful already, we knew it was only going to get better.


Until someone decided she had to use the bathroom.  Let’s just say there are none so a bush it was.  Oh and I have the most hilarious picture that will be shown at her wedding one day.  You think I’m kidding, but I am not.  Winking smile

Let’s just say I’m not very “motherly.”  But she has a great sense of humor and we both got a great laugh out of it. 

All. Day. Long.

The inclines are pretty gnarly, but so much fun.


About 2 miles up, we finally made it to the dish! 


And because I’m a nerd and wanted to know a little more about it, here’s what I found on Wikipedia.

The Dish is a radio telescope in the Stanford foothills. The 150-foot-diameter (46 m) dish was built in 1966 by the Stanford Research Institute. The cost to construct the telescope was $4.5 million, and was funded by the United States Air Force, with the original purpose of studying the chemical composition of the atmosphere.

Later on, the Dish was used to communicate with satellites and spacecraft. With its unique bistatic range radio communications, where the transmitter and receiver are separate units, the powerful radar antenna was well-suited for communicating with spacecraft in regions where conventional radio signals may be disrupted.

At one point, the Dish transmitted signals to each of the Voyager craft that NASA dispatched into the outer reaches of the solar system. It has also been used to remotely recalibrate ailing satellites orbiting the Earth.


We saw horseback riders, which was really neat.  One day we’d like to do that!


You didn’t think I did all of that hiking for free, did you?

A stop at the mother ship of cupcakes, Sprinkles was definitely necessary.  Definitely.


Red velvet with cream cheese frosting fo me and cinnamon sugar fo little miss letshikeeverysingleday.


You have not lived until you’ve had Sprinkles.  Just sayin’

What are your plans for Easter?

We are going home just for the day this time.  We’re BBQing and playing Bingo.  It’ll be a long day, but fun.

Tell me your favorite dessert place?

Sprinkles, yo!

Share an most embarrassing story.


0 Comments on “The Dish at Stanford

  1. Cupcakes are my freaking downfall! I want one almost everyday & Gary has to tell me “NO.” Such a party pooper! I’m jealous of all the hiking you guys are doing. Seriously…I am coming to stay with you for a few weeks!

  2. Another beautiful hike! Love it!

    We usually go to my uncle’s ranch for Easter with 50-80 of my relatives and friends. It involves a huge meal, playing outside (football, fishing, flying kites, riding go carts, riding horses), and an Easter egg hunt for all. The grand prize is a $100 egg! My uncle is the most creative egg hider. It takes us forever to find it every year!

    Sadly, I will miss it this year. I have to stay home with my foot elevated. But my girls will go with my parents. 🙁

    • Wow that sounds like so much fun. I’m sorry you’ll be spending it at home, but you’ll bounce back soon my friend.

  3. I haven’t been on that hike before! The area around there is lovely though. Going to my parents house and egg hunting followed by dinner there. No small kids so us grownups get to do the hunting. 🙂

  4. I am loving all the hiking posts. I never go for hikes, but your pictures having been making me want to..

    I will be drinking coffee all day on Easter, because I gave it up for Lent (worst idea ever).

    • I’m glad you’re enjoying the hiking posts. You should definitely get out and explore. It’s amazing what you run into.
      You gave up coffee!?!? You are sooooo brave my friend. I will have to help you make up for lost time in your honor.

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