Mike's Road Trip By Air

(and some other pictures of roadside curiosities)

Whaddya mean, "Road Trip By Air"?
I attended a convention of choral singers and their friends in San Jose, California from July 22-30, 2000, traveling by air to and from. (That is a story in and of itself, which I don't wish to get into on this site. For some idea what I'm talking about, visit www.untied.com. 'Nuff said.) While there, my buddy Gary and I decided to make the trip north to San Francisco a number of times during the week, using public transportation (we didn't much feel like renting a car, and I for one was surprised at how easy it is to get around the Bay Area without one).
Being the Roads Scholar I am, I managed to get a few photographs of signs and other traffic-control devices I found interesting along the way, both in San Francisco and San Jose.
Without further ado, here they are!

Intersection of North First Street and Gish Street, San Jose. Note the special LED signal for the trolley, standard LED signal for left turns (with special signage indicating left and U-turn permitted here) and conventional signal for through traffic.


Downtown San Jose. Note the graphic version of the "No Turn On Red" sign, and the "No Cruising Zone" (the city ordinance is quoted on the sign but is illegible here). Suffice it to say that many of us conventioneers had a different usage of the word "cruising" in mind when reading the sign. ;-)


Ocean Beach, San Francisco. National Park Service signage warning against swimming in the Pacific Ocean here. The beach appears to be popular with surfers and sunbathers, but it's just too cold -- even in late July -- to properly swim in unless you're wearing a wetsuit.


OK, this picture is rather busy. A larger version (768x1024) is available by clicking here or on the picture itself (either opens a new window). 
This is another shot from Ocean Beach in San Francisco. From top to bottom, we have a painted trailblazer for the "49 Mile Scenic Drive" (these can be found all over San Francisco), a traffic signal, a "flag" sign indicating the end of Lincoln Street, and an equestrian signal button about five feet from the ground (the pedestrian signal button is off the bottom of the picture here). I've seen equestrian signal buttons before but haven't had the opportunity to get a picture of one until now.


This wasn't part of the trip mentioned above, but for lack of a better place to put it, here it is: an image of the "New" sign used in Ontario, Canada. This was taken at the entrance to High Park in Toronto in August 1999, on another non-road road trip (this time by rail rather than air).

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