Silicon Valley: Lunch at a Techie Conference.

Last summer I was at a techie conference in the heart of Silicon Valley in California. It was lunch time and people were eating, calling work or home, mingling, smoking and/or checking e-mail. With travel always on the mind and a camera in the bag I was thinking what can I take pictures of outside. It’s not everyday I’m in Silicon Valley with palm trees.

I walked outside of the hotel and conference onto Great American Parkway in Santa Clara and I had my answer. Time to follow the signs to the interstate which was a few blocks away.

Silicon Valley, California, U.S. Highway 101 Interstate

U.S. Route 101 to be exact. This route runs right through the heart of the valley and is what many people think of when they think of driving in the area. I approached the southbound entrance ramp towards San Francisco which was about 45 miles away.

Silicon Valley, California, U.S. Highway 101 Interstate

Silicon Valley, California, U.S. Highway 101 Interstate

Gotta grab the signage closeups.

Silicon Valley, California, U.S. Highway 101 Interstate

There she is, the interstate.

Silicon Valley, California, U.S. Highway 101 Interstate

I’m in the middle of the overpass now with a straight shot of northbound U.S. Route 101. The interstate is famous for its traffic backups during peak times, but everyone’s moving right along at this hour.

Silicon Valley, California, U.S. Highway 101 Interstate

Across the overpass now, I’ve reached the northbound entrance ramp going towards San Jose.

Silicon Valley, California, U.S. Highway 101 Interstate

Silicon Valley, California, U.S. Highway 101 Interstate

It’s California so there are going to be palm trees everywhere. Interstate on- and off-ramps were no exception.

Silicon Valley, California, U.S. Highway 101 Interstate

Silicon Valley, California, U.S. Highway 101 Interstate

How do you get good shot of the blue skies straight into the sun? Have a palm tree help you out!

Silicon Valley, California, U.S. Highway 101 Interstate

Heading back across the overpass I captured a shot of southbound U.S. Route 101 heading towards San Jose.

Silicon Valley, California, U.S. Highway 101 Interstate

You can see a straight on view of U.S. Route 101 heading towards the south in Photo of the Week: U.S. Route 101 in Silicon Valley.

It was time to head back. I managed to grab some food and do some mingling as well at lunch, but the walk over to the interstate definitely hit the spot and gave my camera and the traveler in me some time too.

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