This weekend my husband and I participated in a “Georally,” which is a unique kind of geocaching event. It was a lot like a scavenger hunt. We were given a route to drive and questions to answer about things we saw.
Most of the questions were unexpected, and many were puns, like “What is something to Ponder?” with the answer being “Environmental Services.”
The weather was beautiful and we spent the whole day driving around the North Bay, an area we haven’t been to before that includes the cities of Benicia, Fairfield, and Martinez.
Part of the route took us along this pipeline pictured here, bright yellow against the blue sky and framed by our car’s windshield:
With all the pipelines in the news lately, I realized, as I passed under this one, that I had never actually seen an oil pipeline this closeup before.
There are several oil refineries in the area, which serve most of the northern part of the state of California. Alarmingly, they sit near or on top of the Concord Fault. According to the San Jose Mercury News, a large seismic event could “leave the entire northern half of the state without easy access to fuel, disrupting transportation and the transmission of electricity and water.”
Some of the most mundane and essential of functions flow through these bright yellow pipes. For the Mundane Monday Challenge #108.