Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Amtrak Station

7:50am - I'm at the Amtrak Station and waiting for my Pacific Surfliner train to depart at 8:20am. The waiting room is inside San Diego Metro's, Sante Fe Depot.

This place kinda reminds me of Union Station in Los Angeles. Very high vaulted ceilings in both stations. Sort of a 1930s look.

Santa Fe Depot - San Diego

You may board early, Sir!
8:20am - Ten minutes to departure time. A lot of passengers are waiting in the coach class line. A few in the business class line.

An Amtrak lady approached me. "You may board early, Sir!", she told me. Aren't these lovely words to hear?

I was instructed to put Mariner in the front car and I would find a bicycle rack there. Perfect!

Upstairs in that same car with Mariner, is the business class section. Double perfect with sugar on it!  :)

Interesting note: Mariner with her new and larger battery weighs in at about 50 lbs. She was a bit of a struggle for me to heft up the two steep stairs in the trolley. However, the floor of the Amtrak train is level with the platform. A snap to board with Mariner!

Along the Pacific Coast
Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner travels near the coast. Sometimes, right near the beach!
View from an Amtrak Surfliner window

Self-Realization Fellowship
When MsTioga and I traveled together, every single time that I arrived at Encinitas, California, I spent a couple of days at the splendid creation of Paramahansa Yogananda.

My good friend, Pete Olson studied and lived here for some years. That experience changed Pete into the soul that he is today!

Pete! This one's for you!



  1. George, I am SO glad you started posting regularly again. I am enjoying your blog very much.

  2. Yeah George, I never did stop looking every time the puter was on. If you ever get to Oklahoma City on I 40, I am the third Dutch Star on the left :^). Warren

  3. Ask your friend Pete if he remembers or ever ate at The Shepherd Restaurant in the late 70's. Encinitas was a great town, as were all of those small beach towns.

  4. Hello George, yes that Amtrak station does look like the one in Los Angeles. I've never ridden the train but would love to do that one day from Marana, AZ to San Francisco, CA...wouldn't that be fun...getting off here and there. I'd fly home though. Have a good trip.

  5. Thanks for the post. We didn't realize the Amtrack ran up the coast like that. We will check it all out when we are in the area.

  6. Been re-reading some of your 2003 and 2004 posts on your original blog. It is interesting to watch you grow in knowledge and experience from the person who was just learning how to live in an RV to one who taught us all the tricks! Thanks for the inspiration. Judy

  7. Looking forward to reading about this adventure.

  8. You are a sweet guy, George...! Thank you!