Rainy Day Hike at Stanford

By Carol at 7:47 am on Saturday, February 7, 2009

On Thursday, rain was in the forecast and our group was small, so we headed for the Stanford University Campus where shelter would be available if needed. As it turned out, the rain waited until lunch time when we joined the students in Tressider Union, the campus hub.

We parked off campus and entered at the cactus garden, where many specimens were about to bloom. A raptor watched us from a tall eucalyptus, as we enjoyed the sculptural forms of the well cared-for succulents.

cactus blossom

Cactus blossoms unfurling.

rosy edges

Colorful hens and chicks.

cactus bed

Cactus bed.

cactus flowers

Cactus flowers.

Stanford Campus Arboretum

A glimpse of Stanford Arboretum carpeted with new spring grass.

Stanford Mausoleum

We stop to view the Stanford Mausoleum. The three statues in the background depict the Stanford family members who are interred here. In the center is Leland, Jr., who died of typhus at the age of 15, and in whose memory the university was founded, by his parents.

Date palms

Heavily laden date palms line Palm Drive.

Looking toward Palo Alto

Looking down Palm Drive, toward Embarcadero, in Palo Alto.

Burghers of Calais

Some of us inspect the Rodin sculptures of the Burghers of Calais.

Stanford Church

Members of our group approach Stanford Memorial Church.

After lunch we watched the Stanford Clock strike the three-quarters hour, before departing for the Cantor Center for Visual Arts and a self-guided tour of the current display called “Durer to Picasso”.

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