August 2, 2004
Yes, I did it, I really did it! I got on a plane and got out of Yuma! For four and a half days, I experienced something different!
"Joan Gets Away"
view from plane, Phoenix down below...
I just have a few pictures of the sights in San Francisco to share today. There are several more of the fabulous Asian art museum treasures, but those will wait for another day.
view approaching Golden Gate Bridge...
The bridge pictures were taken with the little camera. The color balances came out odd, even though I've done my best to adjust them. Getting my thumb too close to the tiny camera eye didn't help, either.
closer to bridge...
Although the San Francisco skies are usually gray, the sky was NOT that purple in the afternoon.
view from other side of bridge...
Nor was the sky as bleached out as this picture shows. Somewhere in between those ranges is the more accurate perception.
view near hotel...
I was able to walk to many of the necessary places. While doing so, I could absorb the ambiance of the city. There is a sense of amazing diversity. It's easy to understand how it became the birthplace of so many movements, from the beat poets, Stonewall uprising and other liberating avenues of thought.
intricate old style architecture...
Many of the buildings are beautiful.
Extra care went into those details. Many doors featured such elegant treatments. I, however, did not take a picture of the one with a bum trying to curl up in its corner. Yuma, too, is not immune to such problems.
Asian Art Museum...
The hotel desk clerk showed me how easy it was to walk to the museum. He said it used to be the city library, until the library was moved elsewhere.
Tomorrow, I will sort through the pictures of the museum treasures.
August 3, 2004
I saw so many beautiful things, it was almost overwhelming. I have selected nine photos of the very best and they are up on the web now.