Sunday, December 30, 2012

Clipper to Jack London

After too many days cooped up in an apartment, hiding from the rain with a cold, I took a ferry boat to Jack London Square in Oakland on a darkly foreboding Saturday... buy Matt Hubbard above a few beers on his birthday.

We walked to Lake Merritt and by the time we returned to the waterfront, the skies had cleared and the light was radiant.

If you use a Clipper Card, the usual $7.50 fare is only $4.75, which is a nice bargain for a beautiful boat ride...

...that takes you within throwing distance of huge container ships...

...which you can admire with an amusing assortment of characters.

There were about ten ships and thousands of containers in the small harbor...

...most of which looked empty after having dropped off Christmas stuff for American consumers.

Standing watch beyond the Bay Bridge were about a dozen ships awaiting their turn.

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