Monday, May 12, 2014

Amtrak to Santa Barbara

This morning a taxi picks me up at my Guavas Garden apartment and brings me to the San Diego Trolley Station on the Orange Line in La Mesa. The last station of the Orange Line is only a few steps from the Amtrak train's "San" station. My train pulls out of the San station around 9:30am.

I am going north to Santa Barbara for a couple of days to visit with Uncle Seymour and Aunt Shirley! This is a 5+ hour train trip vs a 3.5 hour car trip. But I don't have to drive! Pretty neat, huh?

5:45am - Walking to Trolley
After looking closely at the Google Map, I decided to walk to the La Mesa Blvd Trolley Station! This station is only 7/10 of a mile from Guavas Gardens. Why take a taxi?

Kaiser wants me to walk at a minimum of 1/2 hour daily. And this walk to the La Mesa Blvd Trolley Station should only take me 15 minutes.

9:25am - Exactly on time!
Train #769, Pacific Surfliner just pulled out - exactly on time. I've got a great seat that has 120 volt AC electric power. And a really good WiFi  connection too. What more could I want?

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  1. Safe trip George, enjoy your visit with Seymour and Shirley...leave the driving to them woo hoo!

  2. Your "new" life is shaping up nicely, George. I admire the choices you make, always have, since I first found you. Walking instead of a taxi... healthful and free! Enjoy your visit...


  3. Wonderful that you get to go, and you don't have to drive to get there. And you are getting in some walking as a bonus. Enjoy your time with Aunt Shirley and Uncle Seymour. Good family support!

  4. George, if you haven't, you should consider a good pair of walking shoes to reduce injury to your feet and legs.

  5. Yes, definitely a better choice to walk to train station. I've been walking myself and have graduated to 2.4 miles a day. The loop around the small park next to my house is .6 miles so I walk the loop four times. The next hurdle is to add one more loop to bring my daily walk to 3 miles a day...pretty neat huh?

  6. Hope you enjoy the visit with your aunt and uncle. Pretty neat that you can take the train. Beats driving on those busy highways. Take care.

  7. I'm so looking forward to being able to take a nice daily walk. After 40+ years of pounding the pavement (and terra firma), as soon as I can get the mobility and strength back I'm going to walk walk walk.
    Hope you enjoyed your train trip; I've done lots of it in foreign countries, but not so much in our automobile-conscious USA.

  8. I have taken that Amtrak from Oceanside to San Juan Capistrano. Great ride and very scenic as well all along the coast. You made a great choice in taking the Amtrak rather then driving. You don't have to hassle all that LA traffic.

  9. Bu now you should be enjoying your visit. What agreat way to get there. I would love to take that trip. Hope we get some pictures later on.