Game Night October 15th Evening #9 (Page Two)
Sandy, otherwise known as "Miss UCLA Sports", was hoping for a better turnout but alas it was not to be! However, we did have fun!
We have arrived!
The pre-game activities were great!
Kickoff and we are on our way!
What's with all the red shirts?
Still an even game and then it happened!
Not looking too happy this evening!
The 2nd and 3rd quarters were killers
Heading To Pacifica On October 16th (Day #10)
Beep Beep - Beep Beep -
The horn went beep-beep-beep
Did You Know? - "Beep Beep" is a novelty song by The Playmates. It describes an apparent competition between the drivers of a Cadillac and a Nash Rambler on the road, leading to a surprise revelation as to why the Rambler is racing the Cadillac.
Time to forget the game and enjoy the country side
Let's stretch our legs!
On The Beach In Pacifica (South Of San Francisco) October 17th (Day #11)
We had the whole Pacific Ocean as our view
Did You Know? - The City of Pacifica is spread along a six mile (10 km) stretch of coastal beaches and hills in north central California. The city comprises several small valleys spread between Sweeney Ridge in the east, Montara Mountain to the south, and the Pacific Ocean's rocky bluffs to the west.
Turn on the telli Bob.... No never mind, we have sports going on right
out the front window
Gliding like a bird
Did You Know? - Paragliding is the recreational and competitive adventure sport of flying paragliders: lightweight, free-flying, foot-launched glider aircraft with no rigid primary structure.
The pilot sits in a harness suspended below a fabric wing comprising a large number of interconnected baffled cells. Wing shape is maintained by the suspension lines, the pressure of air entering vents in the front of the wing, and the aerodynamic forces of the air flowing over the outside.
Despite not using an engine, paragliders flight can last many hours and cover many hundreds of kilometers, though flights of one to two hours and covering some tens of kilometers are more the norm. By skilful exploitation of sources of lift, the pilot may gain height, often climbing to altitudes of a few thousand meters.
Hang on, I am coming in!
Be there in a minute
Indeed strapped in!
We are here... Time for a cocktail and watch the sun set into the ocean
What a view from our coach!
3:30pm and time to find a spot for the evening.... This will do fine!
Go away cloud...
We want to see the sunset!
You can almost hear the h-i-s-s-s-s-s as the sun sets into the ocean
Magic is in the air
What a sunset!
Side Trip To San Francisco October 18th (Day #12)
Side trip to San Francisco on the 18th
AT&T Park - A must see for the sports enthusiasts!
Visiting Willie Mays
A very talented individual
Looking up in San Francisco means seeing tall buildings
Glass of wine at Lefty O'Douls place
Did You Know? - Francis Joseph "Lefty" O'Doul (March 4, 1897 – December 7, 1969) was an American Major League Baseball player who went on to become an extraordinarily successful manager in the minor leagues, and also a vital figure in the establishment of professional baseball in Japan.
Nope... The street are that angle!
Definitely San Francisco -
The Transamerica Pyramid Building
Did You Know? - The Transamerica Pyramid is the tallest skyscraper in the San Francisco skyline. The building no longer houses the headquarters of the Transamerica Corporation, which moved their U.S. headquarters to Baltimore, Maryland, but it is still associated with the company and is depicted in the company's logo. Designed by architect William Pereira and built by Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Company, at 853 ft (260 m), on completion in 1972 it was the eighth tallest building in the world.
- The building's façade is covered in crushed quartz, giving the building its light color.
- The four-story base contains 16,000 cu yd (12,000 m3) of concrete and over 300 mi (480 km) of steel rebar.
It has 3,678 windows.
The building's foundation is 9 feet (2.7 m) thick, the result of a 3 day, 24-hour continuous concrete pour. Several thousand dollars in quarters and change were thrown into the pit by observers surrounding the site at street level during the pouring, for good luck.
Only two of the building's 18 elevators reach the top floor.
The original proposal was for a 1,150 ft (350 m) building, which for a year would have been the second-tallest completed building in the world. The proposal was rejected by the city planning commission, saying it would interfere with views of San Francisco Bay from Nob Hill.
- The building is on the site that was the temporary home of A.P. Giannini's Bank of Italy after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake destroyed its office. Giannini founded Transamerica in 1928 as a holding company for his financial empire. Bank of Italy later became Bank of America.
What's on the top floor? The Top Of The Mark?
A beautiful building
A bronze plaque installed by the California State Park Commission, designating the site California Historical Landmark #754, was commissioned October 20, 1961.
Up we go!
Great view from the upper stories
Did You Know? - The Mark Hopkins mansion survived the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, however, it was destroyed in the three-day fire that followed the earthquake.
Mining engineer and hotel investor George D. Smith purchased the Nob Hill site, removed the Art Association building, and began construction of a luxury hotel. The San Francisco architectural firm Weeks and Day designed the 19-story hotel, a combination of French château and Spanish ornamentation.
Dinner in San Francisco
Tummies being filled! Bob was a fast eater!
10/18/2015 3:25 PM driving towards home - Magnificent vistas
A fantastic place to dine
To the Cliff House was on the cliff
1941 versus 2015... Not a big difference
Did You Know? - The world-famous Cliff House is part of the Sutro Historic Landscape District and is also the crown jewel of the largest urban national park in the United States. Located at the westernmost point of Lands End, the historic Sutro Baths was once a lavish 25,000-person swimming facility and museum built in the 19th century by former San Francisco mayor Adolph Sutro. The facility's six saltwater swimming tanks (ingeniously flushed by the tides), 517 private dressing rooms, restaurants, and arcades were enclosed by 100,000 square feet of glass.
Though the grand structure was destroyed by fire in 1966, the foundations are still visible on the rocks north of the Cliff House. Trails lead down to the ruins from the Merrie Way parking area.
10/18/2015 4:45 PM... We better find a place to hookup!
Paragliders are still flying
Seacliff State Beach October 19th (Day #13)
Right off Highway 101 on Monterey Bay
Clothing is NOT optional
Did You Know? - Seacliff State Beach is one of the most popular beachfront campgrounds in California. Home of the 435 foot S.S. Palo Alto, Seacliff State Beach campground offers RV campers 26 full hookup sites and 37 non-hookup sites. With nearly two miles of shoreline on the Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary, a visitor center museum, fishing pier, and group picnic area with barbecue grills, it's no wonder Seacliff State Beach is such a favorite destination!
10/19/2015 at 9 am...
Gliding over the water like a beautiful bird
The sun is setting lower and lower every day... By 4:30 pm we had long shadows
Sandy watches the S.S. Palo Alto in the distance
Did You Know? - SS Palo Alto was a concrete ship built as a tanker at the end of World War I. She was built by the San Francisco Shipbuilding Company at the U.S. Naval Shipyard in Oakland, California. She was launched on 29 May 1919, too late to see service in the war. Her sister ship was the SS Peralta.
She was mothballed in Oakland until 1929, when she was bought by the Seacliff Amusement Corporation and towed to Seacliff State Beach in Aptos, California. A pier was built leading to the ship, and she was sunk in a few feet in the water so that her keel rested on the bottom. There she was refitted as an amusement ship, with amenities including a dance floor, a swimming pool and a café.
The company went bankrupt two years later, and the ship cracked at the midsection. She was stripped of her fittings and left as a fishing pier. Eventually she deteriorated to the point where she was unsafe for this purpose and was closed to the public.Today she remains at Seacliff Beach and serves as an artificial reef for marine life.
The S.S. Palo Alto is amazing relic almost 100 years old!
Some clothing is apparently optional!
Wine... Sand...Sun... Life is good!
Quotation To Remember: "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." – Mark Twain
The Next Morning October 20th (Day #14)
Poltergeist on the beach? Great camera shot!
Through the looking glass
Let's take a walk and visit the S.S. Palo Alto up close.
Quotation To Remember: "I love to travel, But hate to arrive" – Albert Einstein
To the end of the pier and beyond
Our motorhome is somewhere in the distance
Quotation To Remember: "A ship is safe in the harbor, but that's not what ships are built for." – Gael Attal
Mr. and Mrs Pigeon enjoying the sun!
The S.S. Palo Alto was indeed concrete!
Did You Know? - In spring of 2005, oil found on wildlife nearly two years earlier was traced back to the ship. In September 2006, a clean-up project was started estimated at $1.7 million.
No oil is known to have spilled into the ocean, but wildlife experts believe birds came into contact with oil by entering the ship's cracked hull while diving underwater for fish. The cost of the cleanup was approximately the cost of the original construction of the ship in 1919.
The birds sure like the ship being there!
Which one is ours?
Quotation To Remember: "I have found out that there ain't no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them." – Mark Twain
The waters seemed pretty calm!
Back to the camp grounds...
Nice extension to the pier... Too bad it did not last!
Wonder what it looked like in its hayday?
Bob got some ideas about how to dress up his motorhome!
Even presidential wannabes show up for the sand and sun!
Heading Home October 20th (Day #14)
Just down the road a bit
Did You Know? - The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park is a state park of California, USA, protecting a tract of secondary forest in the Santa Cruz Mountains. It is located outside Aptos, California and contains over 40 miles (64 km) of hiking trails and fire roads through 10,223 acres (4,137 ha) of variable terrain.
The park was named for Nisene Marks, a passionate nature lover and the mother of a Salinas farming family that purchased the land from lumber companies (and others) in the hopes of finding oil. After drilling efforts failed to find any oil, Marks' children donated the original 9,700 acres (3,900 ha) of land in her memory to the state of California (with the help of the Nature Conservancy) in 1963.
Almost Home - Lake Buenavisra Recreational Area October 21st (Day #15)
Right out in the middle of nowhere!
Lake Buenavista went dry and was replaced by Lake Webb and Lake Evans
Did You Know? -
Buena Vista Lake, is a former fresh-water lake now a dry lake in Kern County, California in the Tulare Lake Basin in the southern San Joaquin Valley, California.
Buena Vista Lake was the second largest of several similar lakes in the Tulare Lake basin, and was fed by the waters of the Kern River. The Kern River's flow went into Buena Vista Lake southwest through the site Bakersfield via its main distributary channels or south through the Kern River Slough distributary into Kern Lake and then into Buena Vista Lake via Connecting Slough.
In times when Buena Vista Lake overflowed it first backed up into Kern Lake making one large lake. When this larger lake overflowed it flowed out through the Buena Vista Slough and Kern River channel northwest of Buena Vista Lake through tule marshland and Goose Lake, into Tulare Lake.
In the mid 20th century, Buena Vista Lake dried up after its tributary river waters were impounded in Isabella Dam and for agricultural irrigation and municipal water uses.
Today Lake Webb and Lake Evans occupy the lakebed of the northern shore the former Buena Vista Lake.
10/21/2015 5:07 PM... The set sets and so do we!
10/21/2015 5:07 PM Sunset on the lake...
Time to crash... Off to Bakersfield tomorrow
We Will Be Home Soon October 22nd (Day #16)
Two and a half hours down I-5 and we arrive home
Back home... We made it!
Sound: What A Wonderful World