It’s been nothing but rain since my return to San Francisco last Monday. So here are more photos from last week’s road trip. My drive down Interstate 5 was on a sunny day with spectacular vistas. Driving back was dark and cloudy.
For those of you who are not familiar with California, Interstate 5 is the major north-south highway in the State. Actually, it is the major north-south highway in the Western United States, and continues into Canada and Mexico, although it is not called Interstate 5 outside of the US. It parallels the Pacific coast from Washington to California. More information here at Wikipedia.
The California Aqueduct is a series of canal, large pipes, massive pumps and dams that brings water from Northern California to Southern California. I read someplace that it is (was?) the largest engineering project ever, but I can’t find anything to verify that claim. Depending on your point of view and cultural indoctrination, it is ether a blessing or a curse.
Regardless, both Interstate 5 and the California Aqueduct as projects reflect an incredibly optimistic time in our history, when petty politics and only thinking about personal gain didn’t interfere with a vision for serving the ‘greater good’ and for future generations. I can’t see how either of these projects could be built in today’s political climate.