I love flying. Well, I don't like airports. Or security lines. Or airliner food. Or uncontrollably crying babies (though I have sympathy for the poor parents sometimes). Or the incredibly small seats. Or the lack of foot room. Or looking for lost baggage. Or airport shuttles. I don't like all of that stuff.
But put me in a window seat on a clear day, and a route over a geologically interesting place, and I will be deliriously happy. I will easily snap dozens of pictures when conditions are right. The Airliner Chronicles was my first idea for a blog series, and I abandoned it for a few years only because I haven't flown anywhere since 2009. But I flew this holiday vacation, so I am pleased to return to the Chronicles once again.
The dam that holds back San Andreas Reservoir was damaged in the 1906 event, but the dam held. The west side of the fault (right side in the photo above) lurched about 9 feet northwest during the quake. Faults that move sideways like this are called strike-slip faults, and if the side of the fault opposite the observer moves to the right, it is a right-lateral strike-slip fault. The San Andreas is this type of fault.