Do you want to really understand the San Francisco peninsula and its surroundings? The Spanish explorers and Jesuit priests looked over the bay and saw a lone large redwood tree. They called it Palo Alto (Large tree.) If you have a day of sightseeing visiting SF, try Palo Alto and Stanford University. If you want to know the modern history read Job's biography. You will be more than overwhelmed and delighted with the Rodin sculptures and the artifacts bought for sickly Leland Jr while the railroad building Stanford family showed how the West was Won. The Chinese black squirrels found only on grounds are due to this little boys small zoo. The cages broke during the 06 quake and wham - beautiful creatures jumping from tree to tree. Best to see on the many Palo Alto bike trails.
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