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USA 2013

A company road-trip along both coasts of the USA.


It's time to visit the yearly Ruby converence called Railsconf 2013 again, just like we did the past few years. This time we decided to go big and use the conference as an excuse to explore both coasts of the USA.

USA 2013 Trip

We started out in New York where we spent a couple of days. We then rented a car and drove to Boston for another few days.

From Boston we took a flight to San Francisco where we visited Alcatraz and rented another car to drive up Highway One to Portland.

The conference was at Portland where we spent the remainder of our days. Finally we took a flight back to Amsterdam.

New York Boston Portland San Francisco

We arrived late in the evening in what has become by go-to AirBnb appartment in Hoboken, New Jersey. Time to explore the area and look at the progress of the new World Trade Center.

View from Manhattan from New Jersey

The next day we hopped onto the PATH and crossed the river into New York. Two of the destinations, the "highline", a park on an abandoned eleveated railway line and the famous "Ghost Busters" firehouse.

High line
Shot on an old phone, hence the lack of quality.
View of Manhattan streetscape Ghostbusters firehouse
View of Manhattan streetscape View of Manhattan Watts street with one way sign and dont block the box sign

From there we took the Subway into Brooklyn.

Subway entrance

Where we visted the Transit museum, an abandoned Subway station where they showcase old subway cars.

Track diagram in NYC Transit Museum
Shot on an old phone, hence the lack of quality.
Old subway car with SKYWATCH ad
View of old subway car View of old subway car
View of old subway car View of old subway car
View of old subway car Main st. Flushing Times square Local

From the transit museum we walked to the riverfront.

Brooklyn river front showing manhattan
Brooklyn bridge On the brooklyn bridge

And over the bridge back to Manhattan.

Freedom Tower
Shot on an old phone, hence the lack of quality.
Brooklin bridge tower view
New York taxi from above New York taxi from above
Subway entrance
Manhattan street with steam pipe Manhattan building

Boston

After getting a rental car, we drove up to Boston to visit thoughtbot. What was supposed to be a fun visit, quickly deteriorated was we were in Boston right at the time when the manhut for the Boston Marathon Bombers was in full force. We heard sirens everywhere and were told to stay in the hotel.

Hummvee

The next day things had calmed down and we could explore the city center.

Church in downtown Boston
Boston street Boston alley
Highrise in Boston

The next day we headed to the airport to fly to San Fransisco (I wasn't using the camera as much as I do now back then :))

View from inside a Boston taxi

San Francisco

Gotta see the "Full house" houses.

Full house houses

Colleagues wanted to visit Alcatraz, so we booked tickes and hopped on the boat to the famous island.

SFO pier Alcatraz Alcatraz water tower Alcatraz
Alcatraz Alcatraz cells Alcatraz cells
Hole in Alcatraz ceiling
Inside of Alcatraz jail Control panel in Alcatraz

The island offers amazing views of the city and the Golden Gate Bridge.

SFO view from Alcatraz View of Golden Gate Bridge from Alcatraz Plants growing everywhere in Alcatraz
Escape from Alcatraz Alcatraz kitchen

And of course you can't visit Alcatraz without trying to find every scene from The Rock.

Building on Alcatraz island
Jail in Alcatraz Jail in Alcatraz
Ducklings on Alcatraz Building door on Alcatraz
Scene on Alcatraz Scene on Alcatraz
Cannon on Alcatraz SFO Skyline from Alcatraz SFO Skyline from Alcatraz

HWY 1

One of the most famous highways in the US is Highway One, which traverses the west coast. We traveled along the road from San Fransisco to Portland.

HWY1
Shot on an old phone, hence the lack of quality.
Scene on HWY 1
Beach view off of Highway One Beach view off of Highway One

Portland

The final stop of the trip and place of the conference we were heading to. We quickly noticed the various food truck places scattered around downtown Portland, very cool!

Phat Cart - Portland Foodtruck
Shot on an old phone, hence the lack of quality.
Rice Noodle - Portland Foodtruck
Shot on an old phone, hence the lack of quality.
Portland Pano Portland pano
Portland bridge Portland bridge
Portland bridge

We also visited the OMSI(Oregon Museum of Science and Industry).

Portland Museum
Shot on an old phone, hence the lack of quality.

The experiments were quite fun to try, it's a nice museum for young and old.

Portland Museum
Shot on an old phone, hence the lack of quality.

We spent most days at the conference, but we also found some time to explore a few Chinese/Japanese Gardens. It might have been the thing that sparked my interest in Asia over the next few years ;)

Chinese garden Portland
Shot on an old phone, hence the lack of quality.

A nice relaxing morning with delicious tea.

Chinese garden Portland
Shot on an old phone, hence the lack of quality.
View of mt. Hood from the Japanese Gardens in Portland Japanese garden sand lines
Stairs in Japanese Garden in Portland Birds in Japanese Garden in Portland
Birds in anese Garden in Portland Waterfall in Japanese Garden in Portland