It’s been awhile since my last post, so I thought I’d pop back on here and talk about my most recent adventure!
Fortunately, my school is located in a great area for hiking. With Big Sur only 2 hours away, the Muir Woods approximately an hour away, and the beautiful coast of Santa Cruz and Monterey. Sadly, my knowledge in the great outdoors is not very good.. so I turned to Ali for her expertise. She had hiked Castle Rock once before with a club at my school called Into the Wild, and knows a few things or two about this trail.
To our surprise, it was very foggy Saturday morning which made it difficult to see too far past the trail we were hiking on. This made cliffs both frightening and exhilarating.. I guess it’s a good thing my mom wasn’t there to witness us climbing them.. Sorry mom! You probably can’t tell (in the photo above), but I was sitting on a rock with a pretty terrifying drop. You also probably can’t tell.. but I was pretty terrified.
I guess I should have known that there would be a lot of rocks based off of the trail being called Castle Rock.. but I was still somehow surprised by all of the rocks (boulders? whatever.) on the trail. They were big, covered in moss, and many of them even had caves inside of them!
I also probably shouldn’t have worn my pink Nikes while hiking the trails.. especially when there was a lot of mist and a little rain.. and dirt.. lots of dirt. But hey, at least they looked cool in pictures? Haha.
I have to say, waking up early on a Saturday morning to go on a hike was a great idea. There’s something so peaceful about walking through nature. All of the green trees, big rocks, creeks, waterfalls, and fog seemed to bring excitement and serenity to me as I walked and explore with my friends. I wish there were cool places like this in Chicago for me to explore. I have really been missing out!
After all of our hiking and goofing around, we were ready to get some food into our bellies. So we hoped in the car and drove over downtown Los Gatos for lunch.
After checking Yelp, my favorite app for discovering cool restaurants (you all should download it.. just saying), we found the Purple Onion Cafe. After looking at the reviews and photos posted on Yelp, we decided to check the place out for ourselves.
Before entering the cafe, we could feel the light and upbeat atmosphere that surrounded us. Everyone inside and outside of the cafe seemed so happy. Parents enjoyed their sandwiches with their kids. A few dogs chilled at the tables outside with their owners. Friends caught up over salads and coffee from Philz.
Not only was the restaurant cute and clean, but the employees were extremely helpful and friendly. We were having a hard time deciding between which sandwiches to order and one of the workers there went out of his way to help us and give us his recommendation on sandwiches. I was between their prosciutto and the mediterranean chicken sandwich. After receiving the employee’s recommendation of the mediterranean chicken sandwich, I decided to trust his judgement and try it. And boy am I glad I did. The sandwich was absolutely amazing. The bread tasted fresh and warm. The mozzarella went so well with the sun-dried tomato mayo and roasted red peppers. I am starting to drool just thinking about how good it was.
I will definitely be taking my mom and all of my friends to this place. If any of you ever find yourselves wandering Los Gatos, I highly recommend stopping here for lunch.