Posted on March 29, 2013
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.
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?
Share an most embarrassing story.