The cable care belongs to San Francisco but it couldn’t be more out of place.
Don’t get me wrong I love the cable car! It looks beautiful and it gives you a really unique experience. Unlike any other public transport in the Western world the cable car allowes you to stand outside on a running board. Of course I got used to people clinging on buses, trains or Jeepneys on my trips through India or South East Asia but to see something like that here is different. San Francisco is close to Silicon Valley which is as modern as it gets.
To see that those old cable cars are still in operation regardless the ever increasing safety regulations is a revelation.
FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (14mm, f/8, 1/280 sec, ISO200)
FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (14mm, f/8, 1/350 sec, ISO200)
FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (14mm, f/9, 1/280 sec, ISO200)
FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (14mm, f/9, 1/200 sec, ISO320)
FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (14mm, f/8, 1/450 sec, ISO200)
And because you are not hidden behind a tinted window you feel connected to the world “outside”. Have a look at the image above. The kids were waving at me. You don’t get that when you are inside a car or bus.
The cable car is just fantastic for taking pictures.
The important thing is that you travel outside of the peak season to ensure that you don’t have to wait to get a ride. It was a beautiful, cloudless autumn day and we had no problems to get around.
Autumn is the perfect time to visit the South West of the USA. Compared to summer the weather is much nicer, not so hot and more stable and unlike in spring there is no risk that high mountain roads like the Tioga pass is closed because of snow.
The only tough thing is that when you return back home winter is close. // Funny thing: I just realised that we traveled in early June. So no sunny autumn day but a sunny summer day. That happens if you write about a trip that happened in 2016.