Leaving the Oakland Inner Harbor: maritime homes.
 
 
     
     
   
   
Jack London Square
 
 
     
     
   
   
Always alert and always ready...
 
 
     
     
   
   
Gigantic trans-Pacific cargo vessels are being unloaded
 
 
     
     
   
 
     
     
   
 
     
     
   
   
Part of the Bay Bridge that connects SF with Oakland, Berkeley, and the rest of the East Bay.
 
 
     
     
   
   
Six-lane traffic into the city pays $2 per vehicle and flows on the top level. Returning traffic passes through the bottom level for free. The BART goes underneath the Bay, in a tunnel.
 
 
     
     
   
   
Part of Yerba Buena Island. The section of Bay Bridge that continues on the other side (not shown) is falling apart, so construction has begun of a replacement bridge from Oakland to the island.
 
 
     
     
   
   
Cloudy, somewhat grim view of the city.
 
 
     
     
   
   
The former immigration station in Angel Island, the West-Coast counterpart of New York's Ellis Island. Thousands of immigrants were detained here; the facility was also used as a POW camp during WWII.
 
 
     
     
   
   
Finally, the sun comes out!
 
 
     
     
   
   
Approaching the north part of the bay
 
 
     
     
   
   
Somewhere in Marin County, I think.
 
 
     
     
   
   
The Golden Gate Bridge. As advertised, half-covered in mist!
 
 
     
     
   
   
Happy sailor
 
 
     
     
   
   
Nice, huh!
 
 
     
     
   
   
A funny hut on Angel Island's north-west side. I wonder if anyone lives here.
 
 
     
     
   
 
     
     
   
   
Capt. Greenlee is taking us to Alcatraz!
 
 
     
     
   
   
Quite charming, wouldn't you say?...
 
 
     
     
   
   
Tourists, packed in a miserable bark, on their journey of self-imposed internment. ;-)
 
 
     
     
   
   
Today the island is a national park. That's why the Ritz hasn't acquired the property yet.
 
 
     
     
   
   
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Making a brief landing in Richmond, in the northern East Bay. The town - typical mass-produced suburbia - was extremely ugly and boring, but this Lain-ian pole caught my attention.
 
 
     
     
   
   
Smoke break
 
 
     
     
   
   
Travis on his boat
 
 
     
     
   
   
The city before sunset
 
 
     
     
   
   
Speeding back to Oakland. At this point I got nervous about the increasing water turbulence, our high speed, and the heavy traffic around the bridge, so I returned control of the boat to Travis. Interestingly, one needs no license or certificate of any type to operate a boat!
 
 
     
     
   
 
     
     
   
 
     
     
   
   
Now this is beautiful. Click here for a larger version of this photo (1280x960, 342kb)
 
 
     
     
   
   
When raised, the Port of Oakland's cranes look like strange, eerie creatures out of a sci-fi movie. This was the last impression from this trip, followed by a somewhat complicated but successful docking. More trips--and photos!--will follow soon.