California Trip

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This is the city marketplace. I would guess that this photo was taken some time during the summer, as opposed to my photos which, of course, were taken in the fall. -photo by Tom Cirillo,

There are a lot of freaks in San Francisco, but nowhere more than here at the marketplace. Did I say there are a lot of freaks here? Yeah, well, what can you expect from the fruit and nut capital of the world. Yes, that was harsh. Actually, I changed into my scrubs, and came back a few days later, and the place seemed a lot nicer.

California attracts people from all walks. The thing I couldn't figure out was, is this just the big city, or is this the big city of San Francisco?

I guess they don't call it the bazaar for nothing.

The statehouse, a stately statehouse. It's so...austere!

These guys are...arming a land-mine? Performing a reconnoiter? Oh wait, that's a spade! They must be digging a trench -- a commendable duty.

OK, now I know what that's an oar! She is rowing. Why was an oarsman (woman?) made into a state landmark? Northern California must have had a considerable fishing industry.

You've seen it once, and here it is again.

So I was a little snap-happy. I think this is the royal theater, but you wouldn't know it from this photograph.

After leaving the statehouse, I drove south on Hyde Street, past the Hastings College of Law. See map Site 16.

One cablecar that I saw runs north-south on Van Ness St., kind of the main drag in San Francisco. This photograph was taken at the Hyde/Bay intersection, facing north. The harbor, and what I think must be a terrific barge (you'd have to ask Tom), can be seen beyond this cablecar. -photo by Tom Cirillo,

This is the main entrance to San Francisco's Chinatown (on the web at, the "largest Chinatown outside of Asia." If I recall correctly, the entrance to Chinatown is at the Bush/Grant intersection. The entrance faces east, so this photo must have been taken facing approximately west-northwest. -photo by Tom Cirillo,

And this is...San Francisco's pointy tower. Actually, it's the Transamerica Pyramid. -photo by Tom Cirillo,

Driving northeast on Mission St. (this may actually have been Howard St., one block to the southeast. Howard and Mission run parallel to one another and look about the same to anyone who doesn't know the city). See map Site 17.

Mission Street

Mission Street, again.

Such tall buildings!!

OK, we're nearing 4th street now.

I hung a right on 4th. Now I'm driving southeast towards the Oakland Bay Bridge access.

Now we're driving northeast on the Oakland Bay Bridge. See map Site 18.

These photos are taken from the western shore of Treasure Island, at Site 19., facing westward towards the San Francisco skyline.

That's the Oakland Bay Bridge on the left.


If you look closely, you can see the Sapphire Queen, a cruise liner, (I think that's her name) docked at one of San Francisco's many piers.

Site 11., at the top of Russian Hill, is probably visible from this photo, but it's too far away to pinpoint exactly where.

Ahah! Here's my barely distinguishable shot of Alcatraz Island. The second wide-angle skyline shot of San Francisco (above) was "blown up" from this photo, before I shrunk it down to its smaller size. Zoom in!

This photo is of the Oakland Bay Bridge, taken from Yerba Buena Island.

I guess if I'd been traveling with someone, I would have taken some of these tours, like a boat ride to Alcatraz Island? Eh? That sounds like fun, doesn't it? -photo by Thomas Lidforss,

I drove to Oakland at around 2 pm and stopped for a mid-afternoon hazelnut chai. It was really good! And everyone at the coffee shop was really friendly. Then I drove south towards San Jose, west across the San Mateo Hayward bridge (as seen in this photo), and over the mountains to Half Moon Bay on the coast. Oh, and if you've seen the movie Orange County, starring Jack Black, you might recognize this bridge (see map Site E.) from the scene in which he and his brother drive to Stanford University, nearly colliding with one vehicle after the next, on a mission to convince the dean that his brother should be admitted. The San Mateo Hayward bridge, spanning the southern end of San Francisco Bay (from east to west), is naturally the most direct route from Orange County to Stanford University. Fast forward to my Stanford University campus photos, taken a few days later.

This is the Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel just north of Halfmoon Bay. See map Site F. I spent the night of November 3rd here. -photo by Christopher S. Bauman,

November 4, 2004
It's the morning of the 4th. I left Half Moon Bay at about 7:30 am and drove south, about 40 miles, to Santa Cruz. Of course this photo of the Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel was likely taken closer to midday. -photo by Christopher S. Bauman,

This bluff overlooks the prime Santa Cruz surfing territory, at map Site 20. At anytime, throughout the day, there are no fewer than a dozen surfers at this very spot.

Tourists, like myself, watching surfers hang ten.

I really liked Santa Cruz. Perhaps its proximity to the ocean attracts people who I naturally relate to, being from a coastal town on the Atlantic. None of these photos really do the waves justice, I don't think. I bet this would be a good surfing wave, except that it'll probably crash onto the rocks at the base of this cliff -- probably why nobody's riding it.

You've got to click on this thumbnail to actually see the surfers.

Here's a nice view, facing southeast, of the Santa Cruz waterfront.

That stairway is the best way to get in the water from atop the bluff.

I guess that these waves were about 10 ft. tall at most. I'm sure they get a lot bigger in a gale.

This is a memorial, dedicated to all those surfers who have lost their lives while surfing in Santa Cruz's coastal waters. The sign behind it lists some important surfing rules, like, "first surfer on wave has right of way", and "paddle around wave, not through it." The right-of-way part is certainly crucial (sounds like skiing), but paddling around waves instead of through them is easier said than done.

Here's a decent shot. It looks like a couple of surfers are positioned at the crest of this wave, just as it's about to break.