|Union Square, San Francisco, November 2008|
S.F.*Last Friday I caught the downtown Amtrak for San Francisco to meet up with Jim who had been there all week for training. How I love train travel and there’s little I enjoy more than a good adventure. To leave for someplace new with only a sketchy idea of time and destination is thrilling! I journaled:
Sacto-Davis: plowed fields, beehives, strewn tires & homeless sites, rivulets & rivers, a white heron, a hawk, large flocks of little birds, leaves yellowed by autumn along the tracks. I am reminded of the book memorizers who lived outcast lives in Farenheit 451.
Davis to Fairfield: a lovely young student boarded and sits across from me to study. She has dreamy blue eyes and dark lashes, but seems extremely nervous and distressed over a Chemistry midterm with her book, notes and papers all across the table. I think about my oldest who aspires to study medicine at UCD.
Fairfield-Martinez: mudflats, grasslands and ever closer hills with brown and green velvet, giant steel warships and freighters appear to be grounded/docked in the grasses, but are instead on bodies of low water, oil refineries. I wonder about toxins and pollution levels and how much wildlife has been affected here.
*After a stop, transfer to BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit)and ride into the City I disembarked at Union Square Station. It was bustling with shoppers, panhandlers, city folks, all going somewhere. . . there’s movement all around and in every direction. The energy and excitement of places like this are wonderful. Having this opportunity to spend a free afternoon in S.F. I browsed the SF Chronicle for ‘must see spots’, Fri. 11/14. I discovered that the Museum of Craft and Folk Art had a special exhibit, The Shape of Things; Paper Traditions and Transformations. And it was a comfortable walk from Union Square. Nice!
|Saint Patrick Catholic Church of San Francisco, 756 Mission Street., a Historic Landmark from 1851|
Museum of Folk Art and Crafts
Beautiful origami and other paper creations