Explore Google, Apple, Stevens Creek Cnty Park

Trip Start Nov 19, 2009
Trip End Nov 22, 2009

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Saturday was "Outdoor Day" because of the clear weather. We explored the areas hi-tech locations and parks. Scarfed up on Sundowner Inn complimentary breakfast and then on our way!

1 First stop was to Mountain View - the Computer History Museum Website Street View/Map. Didn't go inside just wanted to spot it's location, pop a couple of photos to come back at a later date. It claims to be the largest museum in the world dedicated to just computer history - the Silicon Valley location for such a museum is a appropriate. Hours 11-5 Sat and 12-4 Wed/Thus/Fri/Sun.

2 Then onto nearby Google HQ Wikipedia Map. It's a large low complex of buildings west of Moffett Airfield in a business park area north of 101 in Mountain View. We started at the Main HQ Street View, visitors, entrance at the west set of building. Dee Dee and I grabbed some "ride and return" heavy duty 1 speeder bikes - the complex is too large for a quick walk! It was a Saturday so some googlers (google worker name?) were working but not too many.

Crossed Pirmanente Creek and then looked back in the parking lot and saw some of the google cars that take the street view photos. Pretty cool looking so had to snap some shots of them. Then on east along the creek, across Amphitheatre Pkwy into Shoreline Park Street View/Map and curling bike trails on up to the top of it's low hill. Nice uphill climb on the 1 speeders, tons of gophers running all around the place and across the trails. Beautiful panoramic (took 360 degree photo) view at the top of the hill. Back down via the east side - noticed it is called Vista Slope Street Map. On through Charleston Park Street View/Map (these views have a bunch of fun loving Google employees waving to the cameras) the eastern building of google into the main googleplex. Looks like a neat place to work. Back to the car to drop off the bikes - thanks google for the self-tour!

3 Now back on 101 east, 85 south, 280 east, N De Anza Blvd to Infinity Loop to, you guessed it, Apple Corporate HQ Map. A security guard tracked us down and gave us the rules - no shooting photos in building windows - only can photograph the front entrance. As a Mac-er I actually had to sympathize with the protection - but I don't look anything like Bill Gates?!

4 On up the hill to Stevens Creek County Park Street View/Map, see the dam and then stop at Lakeshore Picnic Area Street View/Map. We think we have been here before but not sure. There is a firing range at the nearby quarry so sounded like opening day of hunting season.

5 Dinner at a funky little pizza place run by a friendly staff from India - Pizza Pub Street/View/Map they are a fellow IMS barter member and we wanted to check them out. Besides regular pizza fare their specialty is, guess what? Indian style pizzas! We had a medium Chicken Tandoori and added basil and artichokes - yum with a little spice. Also had a Sierra Pale Ale and a warmed up Ice Tea (hey it even gets cold in November in California) - all while watching Brad Pitt in "Troy" on the big-screen HDTV.

6 On back to "home" at the Sundowner Inn Street/View/Map Website in Sunnyvale for packing out and the big day tomorrow at the IMS Holiday Expo.
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