Stanford’s Dish Trail now has a consumer product named after it called Vrypac Dish Trail. Teka Thomas is the son of an emeritus professor, and grew up near the base of the trail in the Stanford Faculty Residential area.
Last year Thomas’ company, Vrypac, launched an eponymously named backpack for outdoor sports and travel. A small, light, ultra thin bag, it barely alters your side profile.
But what’s the Stanford Dish Trail?
The Stanford Dish Trail, or Stanford Dish Walk, or Stanford Dish Area refers to a kind of hikinh path walkway next to the active Stanford Dish, a radiotelescope.
The Dish is a special area to both Stanford and the surrounding communities, and it serves many purposes.
Academic programs – The Dish itself is a radiotelescope that is still in use. Other research and teaching programs also use the dish area.
Environmental Restoration – Stanford’s Conservation Biology Program is directing a program of environmental restoration in the dish area, which includes use of native grasses and other plants.
Habitat Conservation – Portions of the dish area will be devoted to special efforts to enhance habitat for the California tiger salamander, including the development of new breeding ponds.
Recreation – The Dish is a popular recreational area for hiking and jogging and is open to the public from approximately sunrise to sunset throughout the year.
Vrypac Dish Trail
This summer 2018, Teka Thomas has released the Vrypac Dish Trail version that expands.
“I run the Dish Trail all the time when I visit my folks,” says Vrypac LLC Founder Teka Thomas. “This experience guided me in thinking about the new product. In addition to the basics-wallet, glasses, phone, many often want a 17 oz. water bottle and a long sleeve t-shirt. The convertibility from flat to spacious will add lots of value.” The other obvious change is the addition of the color pink, which Thomas says a number of customers asked for.
“I thought of the needs of a Stanford Dish Trail hike, and added space for a water bottle and a thin, long sleeve t shirt,” says Thomas. “Dish Trail” is now officially trademarked.
The new Vrypac comes in pink or black and is available on Amazon at this link.
This Zennie62Media post sponsored by Vrypac.
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