California Dreamin’ 2015; San Francisco, Sept. 30-Oct. 7, 2015 GPS Map

Best Western Hi-Desert Inn, Tonopah, Nevada, September 30, 2015

By starting just after 5:00 AM, Jacque and I were able to beat the rush hour traffic and finish our 12-hour drive to Tonopah, Nevada, at dinner time. Along the way we had breakfast in Wickenburg, skipped lunch but stopped for gas in Las Vegas, and took pictures at several places.

582.0 miles, 582.0 total.
Best Western Hi-Desert Inn, Tonopah, Nevada:
:) Our room was comfortable and quiet.
:) Good buffet breakfast included with the room.
:( Wi-fi wasn’t working. It was down for all of Tonopah.
Joshua Trees along Highway 93 northwest of Wickenburg.
The water level is down in Lake Mead.   We need rain!
Nevada 375, the Extraterrestrial Highway.   Where are you, E.T.?

Hyatt Regency, San Francisco, California, October 1, 2015

Snow. Not quite what I was expecting. Our drive started out cloudy, then there were brief patches of sun. But after passing into California, we saw big storm clouds over the Sierra Nevada. When we got above 10,000 feet in Yosemite National Park, the rain turned to wet snowflakes. Fortunately it wasn’t cold enough for the snow to stick to the pavement. It rained, heavy at times, all the way down from the mountains. Then the sun came out for good as we drove on west to San Francisco.

Amazing sights included bicyclists pedaling the 12-mile climb up to Tioga Pass in a cold rain, and hikers climbing Yosemite’s rock mountains in a cold rain.

363.7 miles, 945.7 total.
Hyatt Regency, San Francisco, California:
:| Our room was comfortable, but not quiet. Right over the bar.
:( Breakfast is extra, at triple the usual price.
:( You have to pay extra for parking, which isn’t close by.
:) Wi-fi was fine.
Emigrant Peak is colorful, even on a cloudy day.
Nevada Roadside colors along Highway 6.
Boundary Peak, 13,141', the highest point in Nevada.
Hurrah! Sunshine ahead! (but it didn’t last)
Mono Lake survived the storm.
Tenaya Lake on a wet afternoon.

Hyatt Regency, San Francisco, California, October 2, 2015

The tour bus took us to Ames Research Center at Moffet Field. We heard two guest speakers, enjoyed the exhibits, and found some interesting M.I.T. alumni to talk to. Then we all had lunch at the Stanford Alumni Center, then split into two groups. Jacque and I toured the Stanford Museum, where I had gone once 50 years ago.

Everyone had dinner at Estrellita’s in Los Altos, where I went on occasion with my Lockheed buddies. Got back to the hotel around 10:00 at night.

M.I.T. alumni at the Ames Research Center near Moffett Field.
Jacque and Ted aim for the stars.
Lunch time at the Stanford Alumni Center.
The Gilded Age.
The Thinker.
“Stone River” sculpture by Andy Goldsworthy, 2001.

Hyatt Regency, San Francisco, California, October 3, 2015

“I lost my hat in San Francisco.” Is that how it goes? Jacque and I were out walking when I noticed my hat was gone. Then we went back and found it. We took another walk before the alumni dinner at Sinbad’s. Afterwards the wind had come up, so we returned to the hotel for my jacket.

My kiddie ride was on a MUNI streetcar, to Pier 40 for the sunset dinner cruise. With all that wind, the water was choppy. Jacque enjoyed talking with alumni and their wives, while I went out on the photo platform and tried to take pictures without blowing away.

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Flower boxes along the waterfront.
M.I.T. alumni lunch at Sinbad’s.
Catch me if you can.
How’s the fishing today?
Sunset on San Francisco Bay.
Military supply ship.
We’re about to pass under the Bay Bridge.

Red Bluff, California, October 4, 2015

I carried all our stuff to the car and then drove it up to street level to meet Jacque. We took Sacramento Street from the Embarcadero to Van Ness. Old First Church is still there, though evidently we were too early for Sunday worship.

Then we drove to Tenny Place, just off 1st Street south of Howard. Bad news: they’ve redone the sidewalk and removed the sign. Worse, the whole place has been taken over by street bums.

Our visit with my cousins Verne and Ruth was pleasant. We all talked about old times. Verne showed us some historic family pictures.

We drove on up to Red Bluff and went out to dinner with Jacque’s brother D.R.

208.6 miles, 1154.3 total.
October 20, 1974
October 4, 2015
Tenny Place is still on the map.
July 20, 1990
Jacque, Ruth, and Verne.
Ted gets in the picture.

Red Bluff, California, October 5, 2015

We all went out for breakfast in Cottonwood, then D.R. drove us around sightseeing. I sure needed a quiet day. In the afternoon we had dinner at a local Chinese restaurant. D.R. let me wash our clothes, so when Jacque and I get home we won’t be facing a mountain of wash.

D.R., Jacque, and Ted, at the Red Bluff Airport.
Ring me on New Year’s Eve.
Busy bee visits a rose in the back yard.

Rodeway Inn, Barstow, California, October 6, 2015

Dullsville is driving the length of California’s great central valley on a hazy day. Then try it when head congestion has kept you from getting a good night’s sleep. No scenery until you get east of Bakersfield on Highway 58. Jacque and I listened to music, talked, and stopped to stretch every hour or so. We would pass the same trucks several times, when we stopped and the truck driver didn’t. Took 11 hours to get from Red Bluff to Barstow.

543.4 miles, 1697.7 total.
Rodeway Inn, Barstow, California, October 6, 2015
:) Our room was quiet and fairly comfortable.
:) Free parking right in front of the door to our room, closer than at home.
:) Good buffet breakfast included with the room.
:) Wi-fi was working fine.
Big growler pulls a freight train up and over Tehachapi Loop.
Giant mushrooms growing on the Kramer Hills?   No, they’re antennas for Edwards Air Force Base.

Mesa, Arizona, October 7, 2015

The sky was hazy, so we just buzzed east on I-40 to Needles. There were more trucks than cars on the highway. Then we took US 95 to Quartzsite, I-10 to Phoenix, US 60 to Mesa, and home. Got in around dinner time, a 9-hour trip. Jacque’s car has a range of 400 miles on good roads.

398.9 miles, 2096.6 total.

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