This weeks's selection of photos comes from a train trip. People know about "sea legs," that sense of balance sailors get when they've been on a boat a while. They can move easily despite the motion of the craft.
When you take a railroad trip, you never get to see anything outside that's still, until you've stopped. That means the best scenes will be viewed as a slight blur or soft focus. But once you adjust and learn how to time your head so it moves just a bit with the object you're watching, you'll catch what you're looking at. Hence what I call "railroad eyes."
I took a second trip to Santa Cruz on Saturday, the first was only days before on my birthday. Had a great time, again, spent 8 hours in town. The train ride to San Jose had some interesting views. The ride showed how something can be worth looking at, even if the focus is off or the entire view is blurred, or even if there are conspicuous reflections from inside the railroad car.
That's part of the BART extension, which will take passengers from the current route system straight to Oakland International Airport. That's what San Francisco International Airport has, you can take BART there. It's an important factor. When I flew to St Louis for a family visit last month, I took Southwest out of SFO because of the BART access. In a couple of years, I'll have another choice.
Oakland has a good airport, and their weather is better than San Francisco's. Morning fog at SFO means late departures and arrivals because their parallel runways are too close. Meanwhile, on the eastern side of the bay, Oakland is able to launch and land aircraft on time.
The Amtrak station in Emeryville. Because of the reflection from the overhead lights inside, that pedestrian overpass appears to be missing a few feet. If seeing is believing, pedestrians have to jump between the eastern and western sides of the tracks.
Having waited in traffic at railroad crossings all these years, impatient for the train to roll past, this feels good.
Wait a second, it never snows in the Bay Area near sea level. What gives?
You're looking at salt. Water in the bay is collected into ponds and allowed to evaporate. This is the sea salt about to be "harvested" and sold.
A little color came from the northbound Amtrak train that passed us.
The Caltrain maintenance yard. Our train was part of the Amtrak system, not California's line.
The new home of the San Francisco 49ers. The city is Santa Clara. Will they be called the Santa Clara 49ers in 2014?
According to the team owner, John York, they'll keep the name where it reads.
It was hard to find land anywhere near San Francisco. This site is about 40 miles south.
I supported Measure H, myself. It would have paid for a stadium off Highway 13 above Oakland. The measure failed because they would have been required to call their team The 1349ers.
Apparently, some voters didn't like the Middle Ages. We're not talking the fall of the Roman Empire, you know. The 1300s were the Late Middle Ages.
I forget what this business was. Wait, I never knew.
We approached the transit center for the arrival in San Jose.
Slowing down at Diridon station.
The exterior from the interior.
The 17 express bus arrived on time. Oh, yeah, there's a trip to Santa Cruz.
A good train ride. It's fun to have a good time before the good times start.
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