Tuesday, December 29, 2015

A walk from San Rafael to San Francisco: 29 December 2015

A new experimental Golden Gate Transit bus route 580 recently went into service from the East Bay communities of Emeryville, Berkeley, and Albany to San Rafael. UPDATE: After six month of operation, Golden Gate Transit has decided to cease service on Route 580, due to a lack of a sufficient number of passengers to make the route financially viable. Too bad.

This Marin ramble will start at the San Rafael Bus Terminal, and the ramble will conclude in San Francisco. When I arrive in San Francisco, I will take a SF Muni Metro bus to a stop near BART. I will then board a BART train to Berkeley.

The approximate distance traveled was 18.4 miles. The approximate cumulative elevation gain was 1,064 feet. Mile markers are shown on the route. Click on the image to see the full-size map.
It is 7:47 am and I am waiting at the Berkeley bus stop on San Pablo Avenue. Here comes the bus going to San Rafael. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
The bus is crossing the Richmond-San Rafael BridgeClick on the image to see the full-size photograph.
The San Rafael Transit Center. It is 8:19 am and I am ready to ramble! Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
Walking south on an old railroad right of way when the trail enters this old railway tunnel. The original tunnel was constructed in 1884 and was owned by Northwestern Pacific Railroad. The current version of the tunnel was built in 1924; trains ceased using the tunnel in the 1960s. In 2010 a portion of the 1,106-foot long tunnel was converted to a pedestrian/bike path and named the Cal Park Tunnel. It is a direct connection between San Rafael and Larkspur. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
Crossing Corte Madera Creek; the pathway is adjacent to US Route101. Mount Tamalpais is overlooking the action. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.

On the Mill Valley-Sausalito Path and crossing over Arroyo Corte Madera del Presidio Creek. This pathway is also on a portion of the old Northwestern Pacific Railroad line. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
On the Mill Valley-Sausalito Path, looking back at the route just traveled. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
Tamalpais High School's track. The school is in the background, and the picture was taken from the Mill Valley-Sausalito Pathway. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
Houseboats permanently docked in Sausalito. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
Downtown SausalitoClick on the image to see the full-size photograph.
Sausalito's tourist/shopping area. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
A view from the Sausalito shoreline. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
A view of Sausalito. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
Beautiful Angel Island as is seen from East Road, which is located on the site of Fort Baker. In 1863, during the Civil War, Angel Island became the site of US Army Base Camp Reynolds. You can see Camp Reynolds in this photograph. It is straight ahead at sea level. The green Parade Ground is visible. There is a white building located at the upper portion of the Parade Ground. This view is looking east. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
Fort BakerClick on the image to see the full-size photo.

The parade ground at Fort Baker. Officers' Quarters buildings are in the background. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
This view of the northern terminus of the Golden Gate Bridge is looking southeast. The steel latticework supporting the roadway is currently undergoing structural upgrades, as is the steel latticework supporting the southern terminus of the bridge. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
A view of San Francisco as seen from the northern portion of the Golden Gate Bridge. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
On the bridge looking back at Marin County. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
I am now in the Presidio looking at the former location of Crissy Field. Crissy Field became a US Army airfield in 1921. The National Park Service took control of the area in 1994. By 2001 the former concrete aircraft landing pad was demolished, and the land was returned to a more natural state. Thank you, National Park Service. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

A trip from Berkeley to San Rafael, via a new Golden Gate Transit bus route: 15 December 2015

I read an interesting news article recently. 
A summary: Starting immediately, Golden Gate Transit the Marin County Public Transit entity, is inaugurating Bus Route 580, a new nine-month commuter bus service between Berkeley and San Rafael. 
This past Tuesday I took the 8:13 am bus to San Rafael from Berkeley. Bus Route 580 is only active during commuter hours, and I decided that I would find a different way to get back to Berkeley. 
Here was my plan: I would return to Berkeley by walking from San Rafael to the Larkspur Ferry Terminal and then take a ferry from the Larkspur Ferry Terminal to the Ferry Building in San Francisco. After which, there is a very short walk to the Embarcadero BART station. I will then disembark at the North Berkeley BART Station, and walk home.
Here are some downsides to this fabulous bus route: 1. Bus Route 580 has been funded for only nine months after which there will be an evaluation to determine if it is feasible to continue the service. 2. Bus Route 580 is only active on weekdays during commute hours. 3. There is no weekend service.

UPDATE: The bus route has been canceled due to a lack of a sufficient number of riders to make the route financially viable. Too bad.

The approximate distance traveled was 6.5 miles. The approximate cumulative elevation gain was 629 feet. Click on the image to see the full-size map.
This graph shows the elevation changes encountered in this ramble. Click on the image to see the full-size graph.

The photos shown below are in the sequential order in which they were taken.
San Pablo Avenue in Berkekey. There is a new small sign to the left of the larger Alameda County Transit sign. The small sign signifies that this location is also a bus stop for Golden Gate Transit Bus Route 580. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
On a Golden Gate Transit Bus traveling to San Rafael in Marin County. Mount Tamalpais is visible in the background. The current location is on Interstate Route 580, moving through Richmond. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
4th Avenue in downtown San Rafael. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
On 4th Avenue, San Rafael. Arizmendi Bakery is located in this residential building. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
Church of Saint Rafael. This beautiful church is located at 1104 Fifth Avenue, in downtown San Rafael. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
On 4th Avenue, San Rafael. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
Youth in Arts is located at 917 "C" Street, San Rafael. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
The Panama Hotel and Restaurant is located at 4 Bayview Street, San Rafael. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
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This is the start of a climb up to Brett Harte Road. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
A view of central San Rafael. San Rafael Hill is in the background. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
Beautiful Mount Tamalpais. A segment of Corte Madera Creek is visible. The view is looking southwest. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
San Pedro Mountain is visible in this photo. A view of US 101 can be seen as it passes through San Rafael. The view is looking northeast. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
This view is looking southwest. Some notable sights are visible: San Quentin Prison, the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge and the Larkspur Ferry Terminal. The Larkspur Ferry Terminal is my destination on this ramble. The Ferry Terminal can be seen in the bottom right of this photo with its parking lot full of cars. The Richmond-San Rafael Bridge is visible at the far left. San Quentin State Prison is visible at sea level adjacent to San Francisco Bay, just up from the Larkspur Ferry Terminal. The view is looking southeast. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
US 101 is visible in the lower portion of this photograph. A portion of San Pedro Mountain is on the upper left, with China Camp State Park jutting out into San Francisco Bay. The view is looking northeast. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
Mount Tamalpais. This is a view of the mountain as seen from Greenbrae. The view is looking west. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
This is a view of the US Route101 interchange above Corte Madera Creek. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
I reached the Larkspur Ferry Terminal, my destination for the day. The ferry "San Francisco" is receiving maintenance work. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
The MV Napa, a catamaran ferry operated by Golden Gate Ferry is now arriving at the ferry terminal, from San Francisco. Shorty after it discharges passengers, it will turn around and go back to the San Francisco Ferry Building. San Quentin State Prison is visible in the background. The view is looking east. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
The MV Napa slowly moves to the loading/discharging platform. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Shan Dong Mandarin Restaurant in Oakland's Chinatown: 9 December 2015


I read a review of Shan Dong Mandarin Restaurant. What caught my attention in the review was that the restaurant provides its customers a choice of machine made noodles or hand made noodles. I found out where the restaurant is located; it is only about four blocks from the BART 12th Street Oakland City Center Station. I could easily travel to the restaurant via BART and not have to get into my car... I liked that. 


The restaurant is located at 328 10th Street. The restaurant is on the ground floor at the far left. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
As soon as I entered the restaurant, I saw this woman making noodles. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
A few servings of noodles are ready to be prepared as part of a meal. Click on the image to see the full-size photo. 
How could I not try her noodles! Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
I ordered a serving of Hot and Spicy Chow Mein Noodles with vegetables. It looks appetizing, but it was somewhat of a disappointment. The chow mein was not spicy, and the dish was too oily. The service was good, and I am not sorry I tried the restaurant. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
A few pictures of Oakland's Chinatown. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
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The Tribune Tower was constructed in 1923. It was the home of the Oakland Tribune newspaper. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.

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