Amtrak passes a roadside store.
I rode Amtrak to San Francisco to visit Kenny yesterday. It is a much better way to get to The City than driving. Instead of grinding it out in traffic, I was able to enjoy my coffee, read a book, listen to music, and watch the world pass by my window.
Carquinez Strait Bridges - new one on the left and old one on the right
The train travels more or less along the Interstate 80 corridor and makes about three stops before Richmond. The Richmond station is a great place to jump on BART and finish the trip into San Francisco.
Kenny sitting in the lobby of his apartment building.
We had a great day, grabbed some lunch, walked over to a nice park, stopped at Rogue for cold beer and had a crazy-packed-rush-hour-Muni-bus-ride back to the BART station.
A little girl is no match for a stubborn dog at Washington Square Park.
A BART train streaks by as it leaves an underground station.
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Seventh green at Davis Municipal Golf Course
I had the pleasure of playing some fun golf today at Davis Municipal Golf Course. Steve Pajak, the Sacramento Bee golf reporter, has been running a series where he invites readers to accompany him on a golf outing and play a course he hasn’t played before. Today I was one of the lucky three to get selected to join him. The two other readers who made up our foursome, Terry and Paul, were even more fortunate as they played much better than I did.
Steve is posing next to some on-course artwork. (Steve is on the left.)
Even better, Steve paid for our green fees, so we started out the game already ahead. The course was in very good condition, especially for a little muni track. The course par is 67 and the longest hole is #13, a 476-yard par 5 (the only par 5 hole). The course seemed to play longer than its 4,953 yards.
Steve and Terry walking along the 4th fairway.
Paul hits his approach shot into the 6th Green.
It was a great round – everyone was a pleasure to play golf with. Almost everyone scored birdies, well, everyone except me. I was the holder of a few double-bogeys.
Paul waits as Steve hits his approach shot into the 18th green.
Steve finished at 2 over, Terry had the best score of the three readers, and me? I had a fun time.
Thanks again to Steve for inviting us out and treating us to a great day.
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On some days it pays to take a nice long walk. The other day was one of those days. I always love to see a great sky overhead, it makes everything else look much more interesting.
Take these two palm trees…pretty boring without that amazing cloud pattern above…
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I had lunch with a good friend up in Folsom yesterday; since I had brought my bicycle on Light Rail, I decided it would be a good chance to ride home along the majority of the American River Trail, also known as the Jedediah Smith National Recreation Trail. The trail runs 33 miles from Discovery Park near downtown Sacramento all the way up to Folsom Dam. I jumped on the trail around Mile 28 and took at least one photograph at each mile marker all the way down to Mile Zero.
So read along and ride along with me…
Mile 28 – Negro Bar and the Rainbow Bridge, in Folsom:
Mile 27 – the bike trail winds along much of the shoreline of Lake Natoma:
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