At my optometry appointment a few months ago, the doctor — a longtime Palo Alto resident — told me there were two things to do in Palo Alto that he wished he’d known about earlier. One I can’t remember but I know that we’d already done it, and the second was Foothills Park, a beautiful open space area available to Palo Alto residents only. Of course, the residents-only policy (reminiscent of San Marino’s policy for Lacy Park) makes me squeamish, but we figured what the heck, so long as we live here we might as well take advantage of it. We’d heard they have campsites available too, and we thought that could be fun for a close-to-home overnight, so we checked it out in September.
If there’s one thing Palo Alto does right, it’s their open space. The park is lovely, well-maintained but not too fussy. The camping area wasn’t great but there’s a lake, a network of hiking trails, barbecue area, and big open fields. Here are a few pictures. We’ll definitely go back.