I had to go to Sacramento for a few days and because of the unusually high prices I decided to buy two one-way tickets. One was from Long Beach (LGB) to Sacramento (SMF) on US Airways via Phoenix (PHX) and the other way was on United from Sacramento (SMF) to Orange County (SNA) via San Francisco (SFO). When I arrived at Long Beach I was pleasantly surprised to see a brand new terminal and no trailer waiting areas. The terminal is super nice and very California with drought resistant plants everywhere. There are outdoor and indoor areas.
This is the view from the ramp up to the aircraft.
An interesting story from this flight was the guy whose elbow and jacket you can see. He was a hot mess and thought he lost his phone about 20 minutes before we landed. He emptied his entire backpack in that empty space by my feet. He had more pills than a pharmacy. I should have taken a picture but I couldn't do it without being conspicuous. He had everyone in 2 rows and the flight attendants searching for his damn phone only to find it in some pocket. It was ridiculous. He was all panicky and crazed. I bet all the pills were anti-anxiety meds or something.
We had just passed by Lake Tahoe on the way to Sacramento.
I was able to snag an exit row seat again on this prop-job. There is legroom galore.
This is a shot of SFO once we circled back around and headed south toward home.