I had a great long weekend. The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays for a reason. :-)
Dad has been busy with our garden and needed supplies for his projects. Therefore, my family spent much of Friday shopping at Home Depot and Orchard Supply Hardware. This was kind of exhausting but beats sitting in the office.
The three of us went hiking in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park right after breakfast. The hike was enjoyable as always. I'm glad I didn't get out of bed too late because the weather was quite warm.
I then treated my parents and the Shiehs to lunch at a restaurant at Santana Row called Straits. This was possible because my manager at Cisco had generously given me a $100 gift card. Everything we ordered was delicious. The only downside is that my uncle Dong couldn't join us.
Cathy returned the favor by buying us dessert at the nearby Cocola Bakery after the meal. The blackberry mousse was amazing. The lunch was easily the best part of the long weekend.
The highlight of the day was a chili cook-off in Palo Alto. The venue was extremely crowded - it's like half of the city was there. Though we wanted to buy a tasting kit and try the chili, the long lines and the heat changed our minds. I chatted with a couple of hot chicks before leaving. ^_^
The next stop was Fry's Electronics as Dad needed some VGA cables. Given the high temperatures, none of us wanted to go anywhere else. On the whole, the long weekend couldn't have been better. You can view my pictures here.