20 April 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 take the train all the way to San Francisco. Instead, I took Caltrain to the City of Millbrae's fourteen-year-old Intermodal Terminal, 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 in the heart of San Francisco's Mission District. I went upstairs to ground level and had a burrito at La Taqueria. Then I went back underground and boarded another BART train for the 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 to dinner. Jobs and Powell married in March 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; he was 56 years old. The house is still owned by the Jobs family. 

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. 

San Francisco's 4th and King Street Caltrain station. 

Boarding the train at San Francisco's 4th and King Street Caltrain station. 

All Aboard! 

San Mateo Caltrain station as seen from the train. 

Menlo Park Caltrain station as seen from the train. 

 Palo Alto University Avenue Caltrain station. Yes, this picture was also taken from the train.

Palo Alto's California Avenue Caltrain station. This is where the walk began. 

A home in the Old Palo Alto neighborhood. 

Another home in the Old Palo Alto neighborhood.

This home is located in the Professorville Historic District of Palo Alto. 

The distance rambled was approximately 4.3 miles (6.9 kilometers). Mile markers are displayed on the GPS-generated track. 

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

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