Saturday, August 15, 2015

Day 3 - Stanford & Big Sur (SF to LA)

Driving south along Highway 101 towards Stanford.
This is so familiar. =)


Wiki: "Stanford University (officially Leland Stanford Junior University) is a private research university in Stanford,California, and one of the world's most prestigious institutions,[10][11][12][13] with the top position in numerous rankings and measures in the United States.[14][15][16][17][18][19][20]
Stanford was founded in 1885 by Leland Stanford, former Governor of and U.S. Senator from California and leading railroad tycoon, and his wife, Jane Lathrop Stanford, in memory of their only child, Leland Stanford, Jr., who had died of typhoid fever at age 15 the previous year. Stanford was opened on October 1, 1891[2][3] as a coeducational and non-denominational institution. Tuition was free until 1920.[21][22] The university struggled financially after Leland Stanford's 1893 death and after much of the campus was damaged by the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.[23] Following World War II, Provost Frederick Terman supported faculty and graduates' entrepreneurialism to build self-sufficient local industry in what would later be known as Silicon Valley. By 1970, Stanford was home to a linear accelerator, and was one of the original four ARPANET nodes (precursor to the Internet).[24]
Stanford is located in northern Silicon Valley near Palo Alto, California. The university's academic departments are organized into seven schools, with several other holdings, such as laboratories and nature reserves, located outside the main campus.[7][25] Its 8,180-acre (3,310 ha)[25] campus is one of the largest in the United States.[8] The university is also one of the top fundraising institutions in the country, becoming the first school to raise more than a billion dollars in a year.[26]
Stanford faculty and alumni have founded many companies including GoogleHewlett-PackardNikeSun MicrosystemsInstagram and Yahoo!, and companies founded by Stanford alumni generate more than $2.7 trillion in annual revenue, equivalent to the 10th-largest economy in the world.[29] Fifty-nine Nobel laureates have been affiliated with the University,[30] and it is the alma mater of 30 living billionaires and 17 astronauts. Stanford has produced a total of 18 Turing Award laureates.[note 2] It is also one of the leading producers of members of the United States Congress.[49][50]"

Stanford Campus

Always enjoy walking in Stanford

Cathedral and the Quad
I will always the full-moon on the Quad in Stanford.

Lovely Campus

My nieces having fun. =)

Below was my thoughts (posted on FB) after visiting Stanford again:

"Stanford University

I remember waking up early at 6am, traveling on carpool lane on highway 101 to attend morning classes. I also remember staying in the lab doing experiment until 2-3am - feeling cold, hungry and miserable. 

Even though I was not matriculated as a student, I'm thankful for the opportunity to study in Stanford. It kinda fulfilled my dream of studying overseas. 

In my early years, I had a shaky start in my education. At one point, my mum's expectation of me is to complete my Primary School education (ie. Grade 6), so that i could work as a production worker in a factory. smile emoticon

I hope my nieces, who are smarter and having a better starting point in life, will do much better than me. 
May be one of them (or all of them) might graduate from Stanford University in the future! :))

There was a period in my early life, that going to University was far-fetched dream. I remembered my primary teacher was forecasting who would go to University in the future, and not surprisingly, she did not predict that I would study in University. I am really a late bloomer. =)

Road Trip with Family.
We needed 2 cars for 9 of us.


Wiki: "Big Sur is a sparsely populated region of the Central Coast of California where the Santa Lucia Mountains rise abruptly from the Pacific Ocean. Although it has no specific boundaries, many definitions of the area include the 90 miles (140 km) of coastline from the Carmel River in Monterey County south to the San Carpoforo Creek in San Luis Obispo County,[1][2] and extend about 20 miles (30 km) inland to the eastern foothills of the Santa Lucias. Other sources limit the eastern border to the coastal flanks of these mountains, only 3 to 12 miles (5 to 19 km) inland. Another practical definition of the region is the segment of California State Route 1 from Carmel south to San Simeon. The northern end of Big Sur is about 120 miles (190 km) south of San Francisco, and the southern end is approximately 245 miles (394 km) northwest of Los Angeles.
The name "Big Sur" is derived from the original Spanish-language "el sur grande", meaning "the big south", or from "el país grande del sur", "the big country of the south". This name refers to its location south of the city ofMonterey.[3] The terrain offers stunning views, making Big Sur a popular tourist destination. Big Sur's Cone Peak is the highest coastal mountain in the contiguous 48 states, ascending nearly a mile (5,155 feet/1571 m) above sea level, only 3 miles (5 km) from the ocean.[4]"

Beautiful Scenery


Sea lions....

I did not even bothered to go closer as my mood wasn't really good.
The journey along Big Sur was too winding and the 2 youngest kids were vomitting due to motion sickness. I was so concerned about them that my mood was affected.

It was a wrong decision to drive through highway 1 towards Los Angeles.
We ended up very very tired, reaching our destination past midnight and feeling really hungry. 
I felt bad as my parents and the young kids suffered. 

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