I took this picture this week while on a field visit to some projects we are working on to expand access to the Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve. The Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve is part of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District which, along with the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority , was created by the smart taxpayers living down there in that valley we are viewing from this trail lookout. That’s not just any beautiful green valley. In fact, you are looking at the southern half of the world famous Silicon Valley. Yes, the home of Apple, Google, Facebook, Cisco Systems, Adobe, and thousand of other big and small companies that are working on the future of networking, biotech, web, space exploration, aviation, etc.
If you look really hard…and, zoom in just a bit…You will see the main campus of California’s oldest public university – San Jose State University.
San Jose State University’s Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering is regularly ranked among the top five Engineering programs in the country. It should be no surprise that San Jose State University supplies more Engineers to Silicon Valley firms than any other university in the world. What may surprise you is that the Sierra Azul OSP is located only about 15 miles from San Jose State University and downtown San Jose.
So, thinking about the future, in the valley where people work on the future everyday, the smart taxpayers of Silicon Valley have decided to set aside vast amounts of the surrounding mountains for future generations to enjoy.
Where are you hiking this weekend?
If you’re looking for me, I’m over the hill.