Wingin’ East From San Francisco

By HOWARD BERGER

TORONTO (Dec. 26) — Some friendly advice: If you have never been to San Francisco and you have the wherewithal to travel… go. Just go.

You will not be disappointed.

Between baseball, hockey and leisure travel, I have been to the City by the Bay more than a dozen times since 1978. It neither grows old nor ceases to enchant me. Extra–special on the journey this week was some quality father–son time with Shane, now 18, and on his holiday break from the University of Guelph. Life doesn’t get much better than that.

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FLYING OVER ALAMEDA COUNTY, SOUTH OF OAKLAND, FIVE MINUTES AFTER TAKING OFF FROM SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. AT BOTTOM–LEFT IS ORACLE ARENA (RED ROOF) AND THE OAKLAND COLISEUM — HOME OF THE BASEBALL A’s AND FOOTBALL RAIDERS.

I hope you enjoyed my travel blogs from San Jose, Oakland and San Francisco. If you missed or would like to review them, the links are here:

SAN JOSE Dec. 19: http://bit.ly/1ChsneO

SAN JOSE Dec. 20: http://bit.ly/1JCIokr

OAKLAND Dec. 21: http://bit.ly/1zW28LJ

SAN FRANCISCO Dec. 22: http://bit.ly/1zskMff

SAN FRANCISCO Dec. 23: http://bit.ly/1B1vtmq

SAN FRANCISCO Dec. 24: http://bit.ly/1zjD90I

THURSDAY TRIP HOME

My trusty NIKON takes you from San Francisco to Toronto.

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OUR LAST SHOT OF THE SAN FRANCISCO–OAKLAND BAY BRIDGE.

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INTERNATIONAL TERMINAL AT SAN FRANCISCO AIRPORT (ABOVE) AND LOOKING BACK OVER MY LEFT SHOULDER (BELOW) AT AIRPORT EXIT SIGNS.

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OUR TORONTO–BOUND PLANE: AIR CANADA BOEING–767.

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TAILS… AND MORE TAILS. ??

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HAD TO ROUGH IT ON THE TRIP HOME IN AN EXECUTIVE–CLASS POD.

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CONTROL TOWER AT SAN FRANCISCO AND TURNING ONTO RUNWAY 1-R FOR TAKEOFF.

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LIFTING OFF EAST OVER SAN FRANCISCO BAY AT 3:05 P.M. PST.

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LOOKING BACK, TWO MINUTES INTO FLIGHT, AT THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE.

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SAN FRANCISCO AND BAY FROM 3,000 FEET.

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FLYING OVER EAST SAN FRANCISCO BAY. BUILDINGS OF DOWNTOWN OAKLAND ARE IN CENTER OF THE PHOTO. OAKLAND STRAND OF THE BAY BRIDGE IS ALSO VISIBLE.

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MY NIKON CLOSE–UP OF ORACLE ARENA AND THE OAKLAND COLISEUM.

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CLUSTER OF WIND TURBINES ON HILLS OF THE EAST BAY.

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LOW SUN–ANGLE ON MOUNTAINS AND FOOTHILLS ?? EAST OF SAN FRANCISCO.

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MOI DURING FLIGHT WITH RED “MOOD–LIGHTING” IN BACKGROUND.

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EXECUTIVE CLASS MOOD–LIGHTING ?? IN DIFFERENT SHADES.

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SHANE WIDE AWAKE DURING THE FLIGHT; ME READING DON CHERRY’S LATEST BOOK, PURCHASED AT A SEVERE DISCOUNT (SORRY GRAPES).

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A GLASS OF WHITE WINE JUST BEFORE THE JET BEGINS TO DESCEND.

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FINAL APPROACH TO PEARSON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.

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HOME AT 10:25 P.M. EST AFTER A FABULOUS SIX–DAY TRIP.

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