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Evergreen State to Golden State: A trip from the Puget Sound to the Sacramento Valley

Evergreen State to Golden State: A trip from the Puget Sound to the Sacramento Valley

Old Apr 28, 19, 12:41 am
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Evergreen State to Golden State: A trip from the Puget Sound to the Sacramento Valley

Tour of Duty 22nd April 2019 to 26th April 2019
Part I: 22nd April The Flights Out


Since my last tour of duty I got a new digital camera and also got a newer smartphone after learning the one I had for several years was going to become obsolete in some aspects in the near future. I ended up NOT getting a couple of trips as I was unable to agree with dispatch about some details. One of the trips would have been a good one: Texarkana, Texas to Yuma, Arizona. However I was able to be home and attend my home church on Resurrection (Easter) Sunday. Monday I saw the trip board and requested a trip from Ravensdale, Washington to West Sacramento, California. I was able to come to an agreement with dispatch and I accepted the trip. An itinerary was booked on WN from LGB to SEA with a scheduled 55 minute connection in OAK. The other option would have involved a 35 minute connection in SJC.

I got transport to LGB and checked in and checked bags which weighed 44.5 and 47.5lbs. I opted to upgrade my boarding position on the first flight as I learned of a delay which was going to make for a tight connection. I cleared security after a queue and did not opt out due to time constraints. I still received a partial patdown. My briefcase received additional screening. Total time from beginning of check in to clear of security was 27 minutes.

Southwest #1199 LGB-OAK B-737-700 Boarding Pass A3
Seat 5A Cruising altitude 30,000 feet Estimated flying time 1:00, actual 0:56
Depart: Gate 2 Scheduled 19h45, actual 19h57 Taxi: 7 minutes
Arrive: Gate 32 Scheduled 21h00, actual 21h01 Taxi/hold: 19 minutes


The plane was late arriving from OAK. I boarded via front ramp. It was announced it was 64F at OAK. the plane was full or nearly full. Takeoff was to the northwest. I saw the lights of Long Beach and the South Bay. I saw the aftermath of the sunset during climb. We did not go overwater but hugged the coast. At 0:07 we were over Thousand Oaks. Drink orders were taken at 0:12. I got pretzels at 0:19. I got cup of soda at 0:35. I thought I felt descent at 0:36. Seatbelt sign stayed on for the entire flight. At 0:39 I saw the lights of the cities lining the Monterey Bay and closer I saw the lights of Salinas and descent was announced at same time and it was 63F at OAK. I saw the lights of the Silicon Valley area at 0:44. We landed south to north and arrived at gate 19 minutes late. We deplaned via jetway.

Southwest #988 OAK-SEA B-737-700 Boarding Pass B3
Seat 23F Cruising altitude 38,000 feet Estimated flying time 1:32, actual 1:41
Depart: Gate 30 Scheduled 21h55, actual 21h51 Taxi/hold: 19 minutes
Arrive: Gate B8 Scheduled 23h55, actual 23h56 Taxi: 4 minutes
Reclaim checked bags 15 minutes after arrival


We boarded via jetway. I had an entire row to myself as the load was only 68/143. It was announced it was overcast and 52F at SEA. Pushback was 4 minutes early but there was a hold at the end of the runway as air traffic control was not allowing takeoffs for a short time. When takeoff took place it was to the north. I saw the lights of Alameda, Oakland and parts of the East Bay. I saw part of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. I saw Richmond, CA and then I saw the Carquinez Strait and the lights of the Vallejo/Benicia area. Then I saw the lights of the Interstate 80 corridor encompassing Fairfield, Vacaville, Dixon, Davis, West Sacramento/Sacramento/Woodland area. I felt a few bumps during climb. Seatbelt sign went off at 0:15. At 0:17 drink order was taken. At 0:18 I got can of soda. At 0:32 I got pretzels. I thought I felt descent at 1:14. Seatbelt sign went on and descent was announced at 1:18 and it was 50F and overcast at SEA. I felt some bumps during descent. At 1:31 I saw lights of the Seattle/Tacoma area and the dark waters of the Puget Sound. I saw downtown Seattle heading north at 1:32. We made a reverse "U" turn and I got a closer look at the lights of Seattle and at 1:36 I saw the Space Needle and I saw downtown Seattle again. We landed north to south and arrived at gate one minute late. We deplaned via jetway.

After I reclaimed my checked bags I phoned up the hotel where I had a reservation. I took the lift and used the walkway into the garage and used the lift again and went to the designated waiting area and phoned the hotel once more. After a wait the shuttle van came and took me to hotel and I checked in and spent the night in Seatac, WA.
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Old Apr 28, 19, 12:48 am
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Change in Plans; From Facebook to Face to Face: Meeting Friends

Tour of Duty 22nd April 2019 to 26th April 2019
Part II: 23rd April to 26th April


I awoke Tuesday 23rd April in Seatac, Washington and saw that there was at least some rain during the night but no rain was falling though it was mostly cloudy. I got ready then checked out. I know a friend who lives not far from Ravensdale, WA but he was unable to come and get me. Before I ordered Uber I phoned up the shipper and received word the vehicle was not there; it was at a dealer in Kent, WA due to some issues. The shipper would not give me information so I phoned up dispatch and after some time I received the new pickup location. I ordered transport and arrived at the shipper and the vehicle was pulled up and I loaded my gear and did the safety inspection. I found out the vehicle ran on unleaded fuel instead of diesel and there was an issue with the low tyre pressure sensor causing a false alarm.

Trip: Original origin Ravensdale, WA changed to new origin of Kent, WA. Destination of West Sacramento, CA 752 paid miles
Make: 2019 Ford
Model: Sprinter Van
Transmission: Automatic
Route: Washington 167 to Washington 512 to Interstate 5 to Interstate 205 to Interstate 5 to US50 (Interstate 80 Business)
Highest elevation: 4,310 feet Siskiyou Summit Interstate 5 4 miles north of the CA/OR state line
Highest unleaded USA: 3.799$ per gallon at ARCO Orland, CA and West Sacramento, CA
Lowest unleaded USA: 3.259$ per gallon at Pilot Brooks, OR


I headed to a nearby filling station and topped off the tank for 3.499$ Then I got on southbound Washington 167 and there was a lot of congestion. There was not as much congestion on Washington 512 and traffic was moving pretty well on Interstate 5. The weather improved as I progressed. I hit Interstate 5 in Lakewood, WA south of Tacoma. I got off in Olympia and took some pictures of downtown Olympia and the State Capitol. Then I continued south and exited at Kalama and took a couple of pictures. I had evening rations at Burgerville in Vancouver, WA. I booked hotel room then got on the 205 and crossed the Columbia River into Portland, Oregon. I checked into hotel and there were issues. The key card worked to get me in the room but not the building so I needed assistance getting into the building. Once in the room it was not long before I heard the telltale "chirp" indicating the batteries on the smoke detector were running low so more time was burned as Maintenance came and changed the smoke detector. I spent the night in Portland, OR.

Wednesday I got a late start and detoured to get back on the 205. Once on the 205 I made fairly good time in the Portland area. I stopped in Brooks, just north of Salem to take on fuel. Then I learned of a trip from Salt Lake City to Denver picking up Monday the 29th. I accepted the trip and booked an itinerary from LGB to SLC via LAS on WN leaving the morning of the 29th. I went into Salem and took some pictures of downtown and the State Capitol. Then I continued south and had midday rations at Burgerville in Albany, OR. Then I went into downtown Eugene and took more pictures before continuing south on the 5 and I stopped in Cottage Grove and took pictures of that city as well as a Covered Bridge. Then I continued south and stopped in Roseburg where I had late evening rations at Elmer's. Then I stopped in Canyonville to get Ginger Ale then I continued south and spent the night in Grants Pass, OR.

Thursday it was warmer with fair weather and I met a Facebook Friend who is an open air preacher from Grants Pass. I had a visit of not much more than a quarter hour before heading into downtown Grants Pass where I took pictures. Then I continued south to Medford where I took pictures of that city. I learned the trip from Salt Lake City to Denver was cancelled. I was told about a possible trip from Portland, Oregon to Fowler, California. Fowler is a south suburb of Fresno. I continued south to Ashland, OR where I had midday rations at Wendy's then I took on fuel. Self serve for unleaded fuel is illegal (with limited exceptions) in Oregon. Afterward I climbed the Siskiyou Grade and headed down into California. I stopped at rest area near Hornbrook and took a nap before proceeding south. I took pictures of the Sundial Bridge in Redding at sunset. Then I stopped in Corning where I had evening rations at Petro. The cook messed up my order costing me time. I found there were no rooms available in Orland, Willows and Williams, CA. I stopped in Orland to take on fuel then I continued south and got room and spent the night in Dunnigan, CA.

Friday it was warm and fair. I learned another driver got the trip from Portland, Oregon to Fowler, California. I learned of a possible trip from Santa Rosa, CA to southern California but that trip was not yet in the system so I was not able to be dispatched on it. Furthermore I would not have been able to complete delivery of the vehicle I had then make it to Santa Rosa in time before that shipper closed for the weekend. I stopped at filling station to take on fuel then I went to the receiver for execution of delivery and conclusion of this trip. I had a wait and got my bags ready and changed the flight to a nonstop from SMF to LGB.

Another Facebook Friend picked me up. He is an open air preacher who lives in the Sacramento area. We visited and stopped in downtown West Sacramento where I took pictures. Then we stopped in downtown Sacramento for even more pictures before he took me to the airport. He dropped me off at Terminal B and I went in and checked in and checked my bags which weighed 44.5 and 46.0lbs. I cleared security after a queue and did not opt out but received a partial patdown anyway. No additional screening was done to any of my carry on's. I had early evening rations of Stromboli from Famiglia. I made it to the gate and the plane was already late arriving from BWI. A further delay was announced as there was a need to clean up from some sort of accident on board.

Southwest #432 SMF-LGB B-737-800 Boarding Pass A6
Seat 6F Cruising altitude 35,000 feet Estimated flying time 1:03, actual 1:01
Depart: Gate B14 Scheduled 18h45, actual 19h46 Taxi: 10 minutes
Arrive: Gate 3 Scheduled 20h05, actual 21h01 Taxi: 3 minutes
Reclaim checked bags 18-20 minutes after arrival


We boarded via jetway. I saw that seats 3E and 3F were out of service so the capacity was reduced from 175 to 173. The plane was almost full. It was announced it was 67F at LGB. The pilot apologised for the delay but there were thunderstorms that delayed departure from Baltimore. Pushback was 1h1min late followed by takeoff to the south. We crossed Interstate 5 and I saw the aftermath of the sunset. We turned left and I downtown Sacramento and the Sacramento River. Then I saw Mount Diablo to the distance as well as parts of the California Delta. Seatbelt sign went off at 0:19 as cruise was announced and it was 62F at LGB. I got pretzels at the same time. At 0:22 I saw the lights of the California 99 corridor. At 0:28 I got cupof soda and I saw clouds increase. I felt descent begin at 0:40. We appeared to be over Ventura County at 0:45 and I saw some city lights and the glow of other city lights through the Marine Layer. Seatbelt sign went on at 0:46. I'm not sure exactly when we went overwater but descent was announced at 0:50. I got a glimpse of lights of the Los Angeles Basin from the other side. We made landfall at 0:58 and I saw the Huntington Beach Pier. I saw the Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station then the interchange of Interstates 405 and 605 and we landed to the northwest. I deplaned via ramp from the front door. After I reclaimed checked bags I summoned transportation and arrived home to conclude this short tour of duty.
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sunset 26th April 2019 at SMF Sacramento International Airport

sunset 26th April 2019 at SMF Sacramento International Airport

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Sacramento River

About to cross Interstate 80

Confluence of the Sacramento and American River

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Sacramento River

Sacramento River

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