Saturday, September 12, 2009

Sunday (9/13/09 Mechanical Things)

This week's Sunday Stills is about motorized vehicles that run on fuel and can take two or more passengers. I decided to revisit one of my road trips and include some specific photos.

Two years ago, my family drove to San Francisco. We had a lot of fun and saw so many things! Anyway, I want to share some of the mechanical, traveling 'things' I saw along the way.

I loved seeing the trolley cars go up and down the San Francisco streets with their ding, ding, ding.

Aren't the crates colorful on this freighter? That's a pretty, full load! Isn't this a cute little pickup?I found this boat interesting because it was named after a Chuck Berry song. It's on display at Monterey Bay. I wondered why it was there. After a little research, I found this history. Scroll down the page for a photo of the Anthony Boy being built. She was built in 1966 at the Monterey Boat Works. There's more to this little boat too, see this little story. We drove into northern California and right through a tree! We had to fold in the side mirrors to make sure that we'd fit.

Look for my little smiling Buddha dog in the middle of the car in this next photo. Can you see him?Along the way, we saw old, old cars and trucks for saleand some just going places. I wonder if it still runs...We saw lots of semi trucks along the road.Some people chose to see America on motorcycles.We saw a classic car in front of this Farmer's Insurance agent's office.This is a statue in the ghost town of Rhyolite, Nevada. It's not motorized but it is rather interesting. There is also a bottle house and lots of outdoor art. Notice the colorful couch in the background. It's made of tiles. If you're ever in the area, I'd recommend having a look-see around town, or what's left of it. Near Las Vegas, Nevada, we passed this little place with lots of fun 'toys' for sale.We saw this ship of the desert but it doesn't run. It takes...your money.We tried to photograph a Hummer Limosine but they are very camera shy. This regular limo was the best I could get. It was 96 degrees driving down the Strip on that August night, but oh, so pretty!Here's a double decker tour bus in front of the Mirage hotel.Oh yeah, we saw lots of trains too. We even saw airplanes because my daughter flew home mid trip for work obligations.

I could go on and on but I think that's enough for now. If you want to see more sunday stills, please visit here.

Sunday - song: sunday, artist: David Bowie, album: Heathen

13 comments:

Ed said...

Great shots and a wide selection..:-)

moresecretwhispers said...

i like them all but i think the driving thru a tree is especially cool :D

Ebie said...

That's a fantastic trip! So many mechanical things to see along the way. My best and very interesting photo is the drive though the open tree trunk. Very creative and attention getter!

Ebie's Sunday Still's Challenge.

colleen said...

Love the pics! Good job.

dibear said...

WOW! I say you about covered it all. :):) Nice job.

justwatching said...

Wow, that is quite a selection. I particularly like the trams in the first two shots. And of course it must have been a very special experience to drive straight through a tree. LOL. Great shots.

VioletSky said...

Whew, I'm exhausted! You obviously have an eye for mechanical tansportation type thingies.
(I remember seeing that drive through tree).

wollreflections said...

That was a huge collection! I love the drive thru tree. Great one :D

Dan and Betty Cooksey said...

Fun pictures. I love small towns and the oddities you can find there.

Thanks for sharing.

Dan

Holly said...

great selection!

flowerweaver said...

Wow, great selection, and obviously some great trip memories!

gtyyup said...

I remember driving through that same tree when I was just a lil' tike on vacation with mom & dad...great photo selection!

stansberryphotography said...

you have an impressive collection here! cool shot of the car going through the tree tunnel!