Big Dish

The parking spots along Stanford Avenue were almost all full when we arrived this morning around 6:30. It was fun to see some familiar faces, mostly walking solo as group gatherings are not allowed under the new rules. There is one counter clockwise direction, what we call “the hard way,” so that’s good. Snapped the shadowy shot heading up near the Gerona Gate.

Photo by Linda Hubbard (c) 2020

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Bedwell and other area parks and preserves are opening with exception of Big Dish

Bedwell Bayfront Park in Menlo Park re-opens today, joining MidPeninsula Regional Open Space preserves, along with many San Mateo County and Palo Alto parks. The Stanford Big Dish remains closed. In the revised shelter-in-place order issued by San Mateo and Santa Clara counties on April 29, residents are allowed “to engage in outdoor recreation activity, […]

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So long Big Dish – hope to see you again soon

The news spread quickly last night: Stanford was closing the Big Dish area as of 5:00 today. That caused this regular Dish walker to do today what she did most often over the years —  be there at dawn and watch the sun come up. And it was a chance to say “stay well” to […]

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Spotted: Deer enjoying breakfast near Big Dish

Glad to report that while people walking and jogging the Big Dish this morning were practicing social distancing, the deer were not. We came upon a foursome munching on tree leaves. It was a nice spot of nature in these tough times. Skies were blue overhead with a few patchy clouds, unlike yesterday afternoon’s rain […]

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Hey Big Dish walkers/joggers – please follow these new guidelines

While the Stanford Dish is currently open for walking and jogging, the Alpine Gate (which is closest to Menlo Park) will be closed starting Thursday, March 26. The three remaining gates remain open: Stanford Ave., Gerona and Frenchmans. But before you all head to those gates, please read and adhere to the guidance issued by […]

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Spotted: Signs-of-the-times #3: “alternative hiking area: Matadero Creek Trail”

Big Dish walkers and joggers pass this sign, a reminder that there’s a nearby alternative to walking/jogging the Dish. Here’s more information about the Matedero Creek Trail posted by Stanford when the Dish was closed five years ago. My recollection is that I somehow picked up another trail for a loop but I can’t confirm […]

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Nearby places to enjoy the outdoors this weekend

Friday, March 20 — the first day of Spring— has been circled on our calendar as time to write a post on places to enjoy the outdoors. Little did we know that a walk or hike or bike ride would be about all we could enjoy in this time of staying-at-home in the hopes of […]

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Is Menlo Park “Camelot” when it comes to rain?

There seems to be a pattern emerging in 2020. Rain falls overnight in Menlo Park but has stopped by the time early morning exercisers hit the trail and children pedal their way to school, a Camelot-like pattern. Emails InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ: “Another .05”. Now at 4.75”.” The low winter sun makes for a […]

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Big Dish walking paths open this week after all

Thanks to inMenlo reader Patti for alerting us that Stanford has postponed the pavement work scheduled for this week on the Big Dish paths. The University said it would make a further announcement when the work is rescheduled. InMenlo file photo (c) 2018

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Spotted: Rainbow at dawn as rain subsides

The rain kept coming overnight in Menlo Park but at dawn the skies begun to clear. Early Dish joggers were treated to a beautiful rainbow (not to mention a young coyote on the hunt). Reports InMenlo weather watchers Bill and Sally Russ: We were delighted to find .8” in our rain gauge this a.m. (especially […]

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Heads up Menlo Park Dish walkers/joggers – entry closures in October

Access through Piers Lane in Menlo Park to Stanford’s Big Dish will be closed October 22 – 25, 2018, due to the Lagunita Diversion Dam Removal and Creek Restoration Project. Access through Frenchman’s Gate on Junipero Serra Blvd. to the Dish will be closed through the end of October due to roadway construction in the […]

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