The question is, what constitutes a ‘Travel Journal’ entry? Is it the distance that has to be driven or the sights that are photographed? Ok, so this entry is five miles from the concrete jungle where we live, less then ten dollars in fuel used for this “trip” around the Stanford University campus, a few pictures included, welcome to this entry.
We thought Sunday would be the best time to visit the campus of Stanford University in order to avoid the many students and cars, actually the campus really doesn’t have a lot of cars, as many bicycle’s that are used in this city, the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit, train) and free bus service for students, cars aren’t really a needful mode of transportation. One of several malls happens to be located next to the housing area and campus buildings, one of many fruit markets also is located within walking distance as well, as stated, bicycle’s are extensively used more then anything else by students. After paying for tuition/books and those extras, who can afford the upkeep of a car?
The weather was beautiful, 75 degrees, sunny day, I don’t think it has rained since our arrival here, the cool weather provides just enough moisture for the many flowers to bloom in bright colors, the trees and shrubs are all green, no sign of lack of water in the foliage, campus grass is well taken care of by the grounds keepers. The University is quite massive in size, seems to be a lot of construction going on throughout the grounds, a new hospital is planned, new buildings are currently being constructed in a attempt to keep up with the growing student body. Parking is a premium around the hospital and campus, so underground parking is the norm. The hospital notified Donna that if she wanted to have a parking space while employed here, it would be $60.00 a month, since I drive her back and forth, that saved us a little bit more each month. Some of the areas that we wanted to have pictures of were blocked off, the ball fields and the band practice areas, the museum was closed at the time of our visit, as stated, being a Sunday, we expected this to happen, security was still in full force, driving around and being in places that maybe were questionable, I thought we would be stopped, especially with someone driving slow and snapping pictures, that could bring up a lot of questions for the sake of security. Just the same, had a good time seeing things that normally we would not be able to see during normal school hours. Once again, just a few notes concerning the University here in Palo Alto….
Stanford University Medical Center is known throughout the world for outstanding achievements in teaching, research, and patient care. Its prominent faculty, staff, and students combine their skills talents for the advancement of medical practice and science. Stanford University Medical Center (SUMC) comprises:
Stanford University School of Medicine, the oldest medical school in the western United States.
Stanford Hospital and Clinics, providing general, acute and tertiary care to local, national, and international patients
Stanford University Medical Center is in northern California on the San Francisco Peninsula between San Francisco and San Jose. Stanford is in unincorporated Santa Clara County, adjacent to the City of Palo Alto.
In 1876, former California Governor Leland Stanford purchased 650 acres of Rancho San Francisquito for a country home and began the development of his famous Palo Alto Stock Farm. He later bought adjoining properties totaling more than 8,000 acres. The little town that was beginning to emerge near the land took the name Palo Alto (tall tree) after a giant California redwood on the bank of San Francisquito Creek. The tree itself is still there and would later become the university's symbol and centerpiece of its official seal.
Leland and Jane Stanford founded the University to "promote the public welfare by exercising an influence on behalf of humanity and civilization." Stanford opened its doors in 1891, and more than a century later, it’s dedication to finding solutions to the great challenges of the day and to preparing it’s students for leadership in today's complex world.
Today, as Stanford continues to expand, the university’s architects attempt to respect those original university plans first designed by Frederick Olmsted, the famed landscape architect who created New York’s Central Park. From the first student body of 559 men and women in 1891, Stanford has witnessed a steady increase in those who have the desire to learn and pass on that information to generations ahead.