We started another 700 mile (1126 km) journey south on Sunday to see my mom. She hasn't been feeling well, and we really wanted to be with her to see how we could help. We always stop halfway at Roger's family beach house to spend the night. It's a grand trip, and Sunday's drive was probably the best we have ever taken. That's because there was NO TRAFFIC (except for the drive through the city of San Francisco, which involved hitting every traffic light red). But there was NO TRAFFIC getting into or out of the bay area, which is such an amazing thing that it needs to be repeated just for the awesome statement that it is!
of the best upsides of having to stop at every traffic light in the
city, is that we got to see something that is somewhat of a rare occurrence
in the city. It was a stunningly clear day, and at one of the
lights we looked west down the road and could see the Pacific Ocean. And, all
the way out on the horizon, 30 miles away we could see the Farallon
Islands. The first time I have ever seen them. It made stopping at the
lights a truly wonderful event.
We also noticed while crossing the Golden Gate Bridge a huge cloud that looked a lot like an Incus formation south
east of the city, reaching high above the city skyline. It's too
difficult to photograph anything while driving over the bridge, and by the time we
crossed it, the skyline was no longer in view, but the cloud still was.
We saw this cloud for the 70 miles we drove south to Santa Cruz.
We saw it over the San Francisco airport.
radio-telescope at Stanford University. The telescope has a 150 foot diameter.
But we were utterly surprised to see it when we arrived at the beach house, which faces southeast. It stretched out across the horizon.
saw this formation all the way into the sunset. And then just before
dark it flashed lightning from deep inside. It was quite a sight.
I told Roger, "This cloud followed us here. Can we keep it?" I'm not sure if it really was an Incus, but it was beautiful.
mom has asked to postpone the trip a few days until she feels stronger
to have us come and stay. So, we wait here on the bay for her call.