Spent the day catching up with Katie Masleid, an old friend from Pflugerville, TX who now lives south of San Jose. Met up with her and her boy Rob, got a little lunch in Los Gatos at a cafe called Sweet Pea’s that makes sweet and savory crepes. I went with savory: shrimp and avocado.
From there we travelled to Castle Rock State Park. The big hit along the way (at least for me) was the fancy GPS navigation system. So cool.
We hiked around for a few hours, got a look at some cool rock formations, of which the photo above is one—the “HR Giger-esque” underside of a formation known as “Castle Rock.” The white spots are chalk left behind by rock climbers. We got to watch a few guys trying to climb a different overhang with only a few pads they’d brought in (and each other) to break their falls. And they did fall. We left when one appeared to have wrenched his ankle pretty bad.
Finally we got out to what we think was the “Goat Rock.” We saw many creatures in the rock formations during the hike, (turtles, dinosaurs) but I had a hard time finding a goat in the rock that I took this picture on, of what I believe are the Santa Cruz Mountains in the distance.
After the hike we got back and grilled some pre-marinated tri-tip (think mini-brisket), corn on the cob, asparagus, and we gorged on chips and salsa. It was all wunderbar. And so nice to see someone I hadn’t seen in over 7 years.