Sunday, December 21, 2008
Larkspur Ferry Fridays
I used to ride the ferry boat from San Francisco to Larkspur in Marin County every Friday at evening rush hour, and then drive back to San Francisco with my partner who worked for Industrial Light + Magic in San Rafael.
The $2.65 fare used to be one of the best deals in the Bay Area, a price that held steady until about 2003.
The fare is now $7.45 one-way, which seems to be part of a trend by local governments to make simple necessities such as transportation more expensive for the working poor.
The trip is still worth it, though, as the boat glides across San Francisco Bay with its constantly changing light...
...and travelers who actually seem to be enjoying themselves.
Though the new Larkspur ferries don't have as much room to sit outside as their older counterparts, and the wind can be fierce...
...there are always a band of hardy souls who adore the elements, such as the young man above who looked like a North Sea sailor keeping watch.
When Mount Tamalpais appears head on, the landscape becomes almost otherworldly...
...though the quick view of San Quentin Prison at the mouth of the ferry terminal channel can bring one quickly back to earth.
My partner was part of a round of layoffs at Industrial Light + Magic some years ago, went to work for another special effects company in The Presidio of San Francisco, and for the last couple of years has been working for a movie company called Polygon Entertainment whose offices, in an interesting twist of fate, are in the old Industrial Light + Magic headquarters in San Rafael. I think it's time to start taking the Friday ferry again. It's restorative.