Visitors on the Hoover Tower viewing platform
On Saturday we spent a couple of hours walking the more picturesque parts of the Stanford University campus; Ronan seemed most impressed with the fountains and the large tour buses parked at the Oval.
Enjoying splashing the water
When we walked through Memorial Court he did take an (admittedly mild) interest in the Burghers of Calais. Art Appreciation Moment was short-lived; after a few minutes Ronan redirected his attention to exploring the subtle nuances found in bicycles.
"Hmm... these Burghers have big hands... just like mine"
Ronan also liked running around the Main Quad; the glittering facade mosaic and repeating arches of the arcades made for a stimulating place to explore. The people visiting & using the space were equally as intriguing, with Ronan staring (unabashedly) at a group of people practicing Tai Chi.
Dainty dancing in front of MemChu
Ronan regards a group practicing tai chi chuan with suspicion
While walking around the Quad Mom noticed people on the observation deck of Hoover Tower; a modest admission fee and quick elevator ride later we had great views of the campus, Palo Alto, and parts of the South Bay. We even spotted the redwood tree in our front yard. Ronan thought it all interesting but the chilly wind and the fact the bells were not playing (this frustrated Ronan... why were they not making noise?) kept our time at the top to a minimum.
The view from the top, looking back on the Main Quad
The fountain as seen from the tower
The $2 fee, friendly student-docents, and excellent views make a trip to the viewing platform a must for any worthwhile Stanford campus tour.