Sunday, January 6, 2008

El Palo Alto

Why is Palo Alto called the “birthplace of Silicon Valley”? Yes, we all have our own opinions; I took a step further and “googled” the Spanish definition of Palo Alto which means
“ stick” and “high”. Where is this high stick?

Easy walking distance north of downtown Palo Alto and east of the railroad tracks (and not very far east), El Camino (the King’s Highway), and Stanford Shopping Center, sits the famous, El Palo Alto Redwood, located in El Palo Alto Park, corner of Alma and Palo Alto Way, on the banks of San Francisquito Creek. The tree is California Historical Landmark #2. It is recognized as the campsite of the Portola expedition in 1769 and used as a sighting tree when plotting out the El Camino.

This Sequoia sempervirens, Coastal Redwood is 90 inches in diameter, 110 feet in height (compared to 134.6 feet in 1951) and has a crown spread of 40 feet. Yes, this tree as of 2002 is 1,061 years old and considered healthier today than 100 years ago!

Our oldest citizen, imagine the stories it may be able to tell through these years? This was a magical, fairy tale walk that I actually took on this easy walking trail to visit our oldest citizen. It is so close to the newest valley innovations and a definite item to add to your list to discover – right in our own backyard!

Remember, El Palo Alto, is over-seeing our activities while we dine, shop and live in the downtown Palo Alto; and, at this height, it might even see us all the way to the capital of Silicon Valley, San Jose. Pay a visit soon!

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