Vacation can be fun as well as arduous for someone who likes to take pictures. We scheduled our Christmas vacation flight to be as cheap as possible, which also meant as inconvenient as possible. We departed RDM, Redmond, Oregon, at 6 AM which meant being to the airport an hour earlier, which meant getting up two hours earlier. Ugh. We made it on time after an anxious night’s non-sleep. Whew.
There wasn’t much to see in the dark.
I was amazed at how small Bend looks at night. Perhaps the trees were blocking the street lights. Our house is near dead center of the photo.
Precisely below this point, on approach to San Francisco airport SFO, I have illustrated to people the curvature of the Earth. By standing on the shore you can easily see the long horizontal part of the bridge curve over the horizon and disappear.
I have lived for 50 years within walking distance of that white area to the upper right of center. That is Berkeley, California, and a wonderful place to have lived, because it is filled with so very many wonderful people. The dark line running from the bottom center touching close to the white patch of downtown Berkeley and beyond is the infamous Hayward fault. It is due for a major rupture at any moment and is part of the reason I moved to Bend, Oregon, which might have a problem with a volcano every hundred thousand years or so.
O’Hare (ORD) at Chicago is a really big airport and connections between flights require a long walk sometimes. And this was one of those times. I thought we had plenty of time, but I was very wrong.
Above us were these strange twisted neon tubes lighting one of the O’Hare airport’s connecting tunnels.
It is painful for a photographer to be rushed past such weird lighting. I want to stop and play with it for a while. But I had only a hundredth of a second, so this was it for my play time.
They held the plane for a minute, because the boarding clerks saw us running from a long way away. When we boarded I distinctly felt some piercing eyes from already seated passengers. After we were seated and taxiing out to the runway I saw this beautiful under-the-cloud lighting at the base of the control tower.
Sometimes, I find the simplest things most intriguing.
We met Debbie’s parents at the gate. Our entire journey was perfectly timed, but by the time I got to bed I was ready for the big sleep.