So the wife and I took the train downtown this time. Last month, we rode the bus from home. But taking the bus means leaving midtown for home by 8 p.m. to catch the last bus home. By driving to the Watt and I-80 park-and-ride lot (about four miles from our house) and taking the train, we were able to stay much later. In fact, the last train leaves downtown after midnight.
I love the art on the side of the Convention Center at 13th and K streets. The late afternoon sun provided some dramatic lighting.
The Convention Center was hosting the 7th Annual All American Tattoo Festival. And, of course, that means a lot of bikes. I loved this bike.
The Second Saturday Free Shuttle was a neat idea. The shuttles ran in a circle around J and L Streets between 29th and 16th streets. Suggestion: RT should offer "free" rides in its "Downtown" service area.
Now you can't have an art walk without art that walks.
And, of course, Second Saturday isn't complete without live music. Here's a band playing next to the News and Review building on 20th Street.
Imagine that -- Hare Krishna without the saffron robes and shaved heads.
And right next to the Hare Krishna band were several Obama supporters registering voters. I found the juxtaposition amusing.
On the way to the train home, we walked past the Memorial Auditorium. This photo nicely captures the recent renovation work.
The wife and I had amazing good fortune with the train. We drove to the Longview Road exit on Interstate 80 without knowing when the next train would arrive. We parked our car and walked to the station and sat down. I got out my schedule and discovered the train would arrive in two minutes. The same thing happened on the way home. We walked to the Cathedral Square stop and sat down. Again, the next train was due in just two minutes.
When the wife and I were in midtown, we ran into a friend of the kid. He and his date had driven down. He said it took 45 minutes to find a parking spot. Even with the extra walk to get to and from the train, light rail certainly beats trying to park in midtown during the Second Saturday Art Walk.