Before our hike on Sunday, October 29th, Dad and I tried out Hunan Mifen. This Chinese restaurant was recommended by my Google colleague ZM. It is located right next to Lion Market Saratoga and specializes in bowls of rice noodle soup. I went for the “Beef Bone Spicy” noodles; Dad ordered the “Braised Pork Belly” option.
Conveniently, the meats came in a separate bowl. (Both Dad and I tend to avoid meat in general.) I enjoyed my meal, but the Kangs are probably not going back. Dad thought his soup was too salty; Mom claimed the pork belly meat was too tough.
As for our hike, we went to the Máyyan ‘Ooyákma preserve that opened last month. The loop inside the preserve is 5.3mi long; the trails basically amount to walking up and down a hill covered with dried grass. There’s not much to see besides occasional cows grazing. Dad was bored and halfway through proclaimed he was “done with [Máyyan ‘Ooyákma].”
Near the end (aka the last segment of Bay Checkerspot), the trail got more scenic. Dad was slightly appeased. When a park ranger described how beautiful butterflies populate the fields from December to March, Dad admitted he was fully wrong and would be willing to give the Máyyan ‘Ooyákma one more try.