01Sep

To start off my vacation, I went to visit my brother in Palo Alto, California. We only had three days together, but we made the most of it. I cherish any time I get to spend with him, especially now that we are on different coasts. Stefan and I get along so well – he really is my best friend.

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The first day we were there, one of his friends took us around in a Tesla which he borrowed from work. It was really awesome. Because he worked there, we got to see how the back end of the computer worked inside of the car.

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Palo Alto | offthebeatenpress.com

Palo Alto | offthebeatenpress.com

Palo Alto | offthebeatenpress.com

Palo Alto | offthebeatenpress.com

Palo Alto | offthebeatenpress.com

Palo Alto | offthebeatenpress.com

Palo Alto | offthebeatenpress.com

Palo Alto | offthebeatenpress.com

Palo Alto | offthebeatenpress.com

Palo Alto | offthebeatenpress.com

Palo Alto | offthebeatenpress.com

The next day we went to Napa Valley and Mondavi Winery. We took a full tour and honestly I learned a lot. I have done plenty of tastings and tours before, but they went a little more in depth.

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The vines on this building helped keep it cool but they had to time them all the time. And here is a picture of me standing near all the tanks of wine!

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Palo Alto | offthebeatenpress.com

So many!

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Palo Alto | offthebeatenpress.com

My parents had just visited and saw all the barrels filling this room. We saw it all cleared out though!

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Palo Alto | offthebeatenpress.com

Palo Alto | offthebeatenpress.com

Palo Alto | offthebeatenpress.com

I love this bear sculpture so much. There were a lot of interesting ones around the winery, but the bear was so classic in honor of California and all.

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Palo Alto | offthebeatenpress.com

We walked over to see the French Laundry and take our Christmas card picture!

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I am determined to eat here one day!

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Instead I had my first In-N-Out Burger experience. I would like to think it is as equally as delicious.

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The last day I was there we stayed close to Stefan’s house. We went on a hike called the Dish near Stanford’s campus. It was DRY and hot. Then Stefan took me on a campus tour and site seeing around the area.

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Palo Alto | offthebeatenpress.com

Palo Alto | offthebeatenpress.com

Palo Alto | offthebeatenpress.com

Palo Alto | offthebeatenpress.com

Palo Alto | offthebeatenpress.com

We did all you can eat sushi for our last meal together. I’m gonna miss that face.

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