For Stanford students and visitors exploring campus this summer, choosing between an array of Bay Area activities can be daunting. However, if your wallet is empty after just one month of summer, consider this short list of completely free things to do in and around Stanford while experiencing the arts and nature of Silicon Valley.
On Saturday, the Stanford Humanities Center will hold its annual book fair, “A Company of Authors,” which invites members of the Stanford community and broader public to indulge an afternoon discussing Stanford scholars’ recently-published books with the authors themselves.
Last weekend, in a brave attempt to finally get some much-needed exercise, I decided to jog to the Dish and run (okay, walk) the loop to the top. Even though I’ve done this trek before (I grew up in the Bay Area), I still found myself overwhelmed by the beauty I observed at the top…
I decided that this weekend would be different. I wanted to enjoy something out of the ordinary by finding something very ordinary to do. I went for a hike.
I glanced down at my cup of boiled river water. My coffee would be brown before I even put the grounds in.
That morning, I had awoken in a sandy sleeping bag, greeted by the sun rising over the chain of mountains before me. Not to mention the growing chatter of 30 or so other students who had also sniffed out breakfast.
Such was camping down Orange River. And after a long day of rowing, we would sleep on South African sand one night and on Namibian shores the next, with no tents — just an endless sprinkling of stars overhead. It was like being in one of those 360-degree planetarium exhibits, but without the stuffy room and nasal monotone of the docent.