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Written while on the plane yesterday [Mar. 15th, 2016|06:46 am]

The flight to Ohio went north of Lake Tahoe. It's less familiar landscape for me.

Sunrise was soft and gentle from my seat on the plane. I took advantage of early boarding. Flying over the bay, I noted the time of container ships apparently moored in the center. I don't think they were all headed to the port in Redwood City.

The hills are green, creeks washing Into the bay, mist sled into the long valleys in the Oakland hills. The delta green and flooded, and it looked like the river had spread out in a floodplain at Sacramento. (Not the town of Sacred Mentos, but I am drawing a blank this morning.) The green & the water is gratifying to see. There was one place in the Central Valley that looked like... well, I am not sure. I want to think it is a wildlife refuge. The sandy areas seemed too big to be sand traps.

Over Nevada I noted a large lake, open pit mines, and interesting braided wetlands in a valley-the wetlands,if that is what are, surprised me. About the time clouds stopped my view of the land (at 2 hours to MSP), I saw the oddest narrow stripe of snowfall.

I am trying to NOT turn every action into an "oh this might be my last.." reflection. I am looking forward to living in North Carolina, but not to leaving California.


Now leaving MSP, with a somewhat smoke scented seatmate. I am thankful that I am unlikely to suffer very long .


[User Picture]From: randomdreams
2016-03-16 12:44 am (UTC)
Sacred Mentos? I'm unsure if I'm missing something here.
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[User Picture]From: elainegrey
2016-03-16 11:08 am (UTC)
I couldn't figure out the Spanish. This morning Wikipedia tells me:

The city was named after the Sacramento River, which forms its western border. The river was named by Spanish cavalry officer Gabriel Moraga for the Santísimo Sacramento (Blessed Sacrament), referring to the Catholic Eucharist.

Hmm, this surely doesn't explain the derivation of the name of the candy, mentos....
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[User Picture]From: gurdonark
2016-03-16 03:22 am (UTC)
When we were about to leave California to return to Texas, I indulged myself in lots of "this may be my last time to be here", which all proved wrong, because in the intervening decade and a half I've visited lots of those places again, and discovered new places in CA I missed when I lived here.

Have a good travel week.
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[User Picture]From: elainegrey
2016-03-16 11:13 am (UTC)
I have pondered whether this move was will reduce my carbon footprint: I suspect it won't. There is a meeting in April & October in the Bay Area which I attend, and I expect to come out in the spring. And I'll go to Ohio more, I suspect.

We will see!
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