The Western Political Science Association's annual conference is in San Francisco this year, so I'm heading up there for a bit of conference and a bit of vacation. As is our custom, the wife and I are travelling car-free: we got up this morning, caught the 16 to the Metrolink station, and grabbed Amtrak California bus #5415 to Bakersfield. In Bakersfield, we caught Amtrak San Joaquins #715, and I'm posting this as I watch dairy farms and fruit trees slip away out the window. When we arrive in Richmond, CA, we'll simply walk over to the BART platform and use the discount BART tickets Amtrak sells on board to get to our hotel in San Francisco. No driving, no traffic, no long stretches of that uniquely dull extended concentration that is a drive up the Interstate- and no $35/day parking fees. Also, I get to bring my bike along for free!
You can expect a wrap-up of the transit mecca that is the Bay Area sometime early next week.