Thursday, April 20, 2017

A Caltrain ride to Palo Alto, including a view of Steve Jobs' home: 20 April 2017

This journey started at the San Francisco Caltrain station at 4th and King Street and finished at the Caltrain California Avenue station in Palo Alto. From there it was a short walk to view Steve Jobs' (1955-2011) Palo Alto home for the last twenty years of his life. I then walked through the Old Palo Alto neighborhood and the Professorville Historic District in Palo Alto. I continued walking north through Palo Alto, and into Menlo Park, the corporate headquarters of Facebook. At the Menlo Park Caltrain Station, I boarded a train going to San Francisco. 
I did not, however, take the train all the way to San Francisco. Rather, I took Caltrain to the City of Millbrae's fourteen-year-old Intermodal Terminal which is a train station for both Caltrain and BART trains. I switched to a BART train in Millbrae and took it to the 24th Street Mission BART station located in the heart of San Francisco's Mission District. I went upstairs to ground level and had lunch. Then it was back underground for the train ride home.


In 1989, Steve Jobs met his future wife, Laurene Powell, when he gave a lecture at the Stanford Graduate School of Business where she was a student. After the speech, Jobs met up with her and invited her out to dinner. Jobs and Powell married in March of 1991. Jobs and Powell moved to this house in Palo Alto in 1991Their first child, Reed, was born in September 1991; they had two more children, Erin, born in August 1995, and Eve, born in 1998. Jobs died in this house on 5 October 2011. The house is still owned by the Jobs family. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

The distance traveled by Caltrain from San Francisco to the California Avenue station in Palo Alto was about 32 miles (51.5 kilometers). Mile markers are displayed every two miles on the GPS generated track. Click on the image to see the full-size map.


San Francisco's 4th and King Street Caltrain station. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.

Boarding the train at San Francisco's 4th and King Street Caltrain station. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

All Aboard! Click on the image to see the full-size photo.

San Mateo Caltrain station as seen from the train. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

Menlo Park Caltrain station as seen from the train. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.

 Palo Alto University Avenue Caltrain station. Yes, this picture was also taken from the train. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

Palo Alto's California Avenue Caltrain station. This is where the walk began. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.

A home in the Old Palo Alto neighborhood. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

Another home in the Old Palo Alto neighborhood. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.

This home is located in the Professorville Historic District of Palo Alto. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

The distance rambled was approximately 4.3 miles (6.9 kilometers). Mile markers are displayed on the GPS generated track. Click on the image to see the full-size map.


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The first volume of the San Francisco Bay Area Photo Blog contains galleries of photographs that were posted on the Internet between 2002 and 2011. Click Here to view these photo galleries.

Panasonic GX7 camera body mounted with an Olympus 17mm lens was used to take these photographs.

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