I know what you are going to say. Another “historic district” designation. Just a fancy way to wallpaper over ongoing gentrification, right?
Not so fast. Downtown San Jose isn’t a Potemkin village where the warts have been excised & growing pains hidden behind a slick surface of freshly applied house paint. Here, they do it differently. Here, they really care.
Yes, the restored Victorian mansions ARE still spectacular, but so are all the affordable rental properties and the bevy of electric scooters available for rent near to the downtown San Jose State University campus.
Mayor Sam Liccardo & the local city council are working hard to attract new businesses while also attending to the diverse multicultural and multilingual needs of city residents and also visitors.
There is more here than meets the eye. Public parks. Small businesses, like Academic Coffee & Nueva Imagen hair salon for women and men.
Plus, there is great food as well and convenience stores for 24/7 service. And even a little lending library at a nearby park.
So spend some quality time exploring the area on your next San Jose visit! You may just discover much more positivity & community spirit than you or your traveling companions expected.
I cannot recommend a walk here highly enough if you have love in heart & urban adventure on your mind.
Music to accompany the meal: Mark Knopfler’s Screenplaying: Music From Local Hero (dir. Bill Forsyth), The Princess Bride (dir. Rob Reiner), Last Exit To Brooklyn (dir. Uli Edel), & Cal (dir. Pat O’Connor), Warner Brothers, 1993.
One of the things you may not realize about the Stanford University campus is that is has several working organic community gardens organized by the BeWell@Stanford sustainable food and healthy living program.
The Oak Road garden is by far the largest, and it is open by online application to Stanford students, staff, and faculty for a modest annual fee to help maintain a shared greenhouse and toolshed and to purchase mulch, soil, and seeds and such.
My wife and I have maintained in-ground plot B2 here for four years now. We grow all sorts of delicious, organically grown things for our family meals in the sempervirens117 cottage.
While you have to work, study, or be affiliated with Stanford to farm an in-ground or raised bed of your own, if the front gate is unlocked, ask a community garden member for permission to enter and look around. Just don’t take any vegetables or herbs or fruits with you. They belong to the gardeners who have worked hard to bring them to life.
Picture taking, however, is very much encouraged, and there are some nice wooden picnic tables and metal garden chairs inside as well, plus a huge grassy soccer field right next door for playing with the kids.
Stop by the Oak Road garden one day. You will enjoy the visit!
Say hi to the gophers and jackrabbits for me, should you encounter any of them.
Just be sure to tell that darned gopher to stay away from my tomato and peppers plants this year!
I am planting lots of garlic and using mesh anti-gopher cages on all my most valuable garden plants.
Over the course of more than a decade of determined wandering, I have managed to walk every inch of marked trail here, along with some unmarked others. If you ever need expert guide services to help you unlock the many hidden and healing secrets of Purisima Creek Redwoods OSP, I am your man. Contact me to arrange a personalized adventure in the redwoods today that literally will change your life for the better!
Here are two examples of the foraged flower and tree artwork that I create here at the sempervirens117 cottage on Kings Mountain. One is made from fresh holly branches in full winter’s red berry bloom. The other consists of two delicate white camelia blossoms, also collected from the grounds here.
If you would like to take home a similar seasonal foraged flower display on the occasion of your visit to the sempervirens117 cottage and surrounding redwoods, this can also be arranged ahead of time, for a modest fee.
The inner core of the sempervirens117 medicine wheel is an intertwined pair of living coastal redwoods foraged from nearby the cottage. They evoke the ancient, fire scarred old growth redwoods pictured on my WordPress landing page that you can visit in person on the Craig Britton Trail in Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve. Trail maps and trailhead parking information can be found at the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space Preserve web site, which also includes downloadable maps. It is Silicon Valley, after all.
Walking the three concentric circles of the sempervirens117 Kings Mountain Medicine Wheel can stimulate your inner powers of creativity and compassion and help you heal past injuries and perceived slights.
If you would live to walk the wheel on your own, in exchange for a modest unspecified donation to help me maintain this sacred site, please contact me for directions and to schedule a chaperoned visit. Verve pourover single origin coffee, Reishi green tea, Fieldwork hazy IPA beer, glasses of Santa Cruz Mountains red, white, pink, or sparkling wine, or basic Venus Spirits Distillery gin, whiskey, or blue agave (tequila) cocktails can also be provided to you by me on the occasion of your visit, in exchange for cash to cover the costs and effort required on my part to collect, store, and serve these drinks in proper ceramic vessels or glass stemware.
Constructed entirely from found and foraged objects from the Pacific, including oyster shells, abalone shell fragments, sand dollars, and Crab carapaces. Note: I am Cancer, born 17.07.1974, also the year of the Wood Tiger.