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Tall ship in San Diego

How to get yourself good and tired… and sore

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One of the great things about San Diego is that there are so many ways to get around:

San Diego Trolley

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Amtrak

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Cruise ship in San Diego

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Tall ship in San Diego

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The Californian

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Jet ski

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Those are just a few. Obviously there’s the ubiquitous car, motorcycle, and bus, too. So yesterday I traveled 11.1 miles and today another 15.1 miles, all on this:

Russel Ray's bike

Russel Ray’s bike

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Yesterday’s ride was west, to the beach, specifically the end of the San Diego jetty where the San Diego River meets the Pacific Ocean and where a colony of fine, furry, four-legged felines live:

Feral cat at the San Diego jetty

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Today’s ride was east, into the boondocks, where the wildlife is a little more wild:

Bird in the wild

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Of course I have billions and billions and billions of pictures, but you’ll just have to wait because I am sore, sore, sore, needing a good soaking in the hot tub with a margarita close at hand.

And then, get this, the glutton for punishment that I am, I’m going on an 8-mile hike out in the boondocks tomorrow with the San Diego Urban Explorers, urbanites who explore the boondocks, not people who explore urbanity like you might think. Our goal tomorrow is to get to Lake Morena where, rumor has it (and in this case I discovered that the rumor is true), there are caves. Yahooo! Who knew there were caves in the San Diego County boondocks?!!

Morena Reservoir

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Amtrak in San Diego

World’s Greatest Hobby On Tour comes to Del Mar!

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I try to make it to at least one model train show each year, and today I made it to the World’s Greatest Hobby On Tour show at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

The show didn’t open until 10:00 a.m. I got there at 9:15 a.m. Fortunately, Amtrak runs right behind the Fairgrounds so I went to the back and got a picture of Amtrak zooming by:

Amtrak in Del Mar, California

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I’m still practicing at getting the type of pictures of the model trains that I want. I got closer today. This one is my favorite:

Model trains at the 2013 Worlds Greatest Hobby On Tour show in Del Mar, California

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The Amtrak train on the left track was stationery. The train on the right track was moving somewhat slowly while the train on the middle track was zooming by. I think the picture captures the motion perfectly. Now if I can just have the whole show to myself so there are no people or people parts in my pictures!

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Amtrak Pacific Surfliner in San Diego

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner in San Diego

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Along with the weather in San Diego, which allows me to be outside quite often, one of the most enjoyable aspects of living here is the opportunity to ride trains, and at a reasonable cost. The red San Diego Trolley takes me most places, but there’s also the Coaster from downtown San Diego to Oceanside, the Sprinter from Oceanside to Escondido, Metrolink from Oceanside to Los Angeles, and Amtrak from San Diego to Los Angeles.

I recently rode the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner to Los Angeles and back. Here is my train at the historic Santa Fe Depot in downtown San Diego.

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner in San Diego

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The Pacific Surfliner normally has a single engine and six cars. My train this day was a double header with six cars! Trains between San Diego and Los Angeles use the push/pull system whereby the engine always points south. So when the train is traveling south from L.A. to San Diego, the engine is at the front of the train, pulling. When the train is traveling north from San Diego to L.A., the engine is at the rear of the train, pushing.

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Amtrak Pacific Surfliner in Del Mar, California

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner along the Pacific Ocean in Del Mar, California

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Jim’s chamber music group, in which he plays piano, had a practice in La Jolla yesterday. That meant that I was going to go to La Jolla and points north to explore while they were practicing. “Explore” in the Russel Ray Dictionary means “train watching.”

I went a few miles north, to Del Mar, and parked my car at 200 4th Street.

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From there it was a quick walk to the cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean and, more importantly, the railroad tracks used by BNSF (at night only, to go to Los Angeles), the Coaster commuter train, and Amtrak. In 2½ hours I got 76 train pictures.

Following are five pictures of Amtrak’s “Pacific Surfliner” which travels between San Luis Obispo and San Diego. It is one of the most beautiful Amtrak routes I’ve been on, and I’ve been on them all! It also is Amtrak’s second busiest route, behind the Northeast Corridor from Boston to New York City to Washington D.C.

San Diego to San Luis Obispo map

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Amtrak Pacific Surfliner in Del Mar, California

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Amtrak Pacific Surfliner in Del Mar, California

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Amtrak Pacific Surfliner in Del Mar, California

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Amtrak Pacific Surfliner in Del Mar, California

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Once the southbound train gets through the oceanside cliffs in Del Mar, it heads inland, passing through Torrey Preserve and over a beautiful bridge:

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner in Del Mar, California

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Unfortunately for people like me, Torrey Preserve is a protected and fenced area, and trespassing has significant financial penalties associated with it if one is caught. Best just to buy a telephoto lens and take pictures from the boundary fence.

During weekdays there is a train — Amtrak and Coaster — passing by about every 45 minutes. They will be northbound and southbound, so keep your eyes open in both directions. There are lots of great trails for walking and jogging, and overlook points for great views of the trains as they pass by.

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Historic ATSF Depot in Carlsbad, California

Rain — This is not the San Diego that I’ve come to know and love

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Halls of History

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This is the third consecutive day that it’s been raining here. This IS NOT the San Diego that I’ve come to know and love.

Yesterday I had to drive 90 miles round trip in the rain to have Christmas supper with my mother-in-law and her boyfriend. Jim and I decided to take it kind of slow so we hit a few of the side streets to see what Christmas decorations there might be. One of the places we stopped was Carlsbad Village. It was there that I got an unexpected surprise:

Historic ATSF Depot in Carlsbad, California

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That’s the historic Carlsbad Depot built by the Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad in 1887. It was Carlsbad’s first commercial building and also housed the telegraph office, a Wells Fargo bank, a United States Post Office, and the general store. The last passenger train stopped in 1957, and the depot was closed in 1960. The depot was added to the National Register of Historic Places on September 30, 1993.

As I was standing there, an Amtrak train zoomed by, obviously at its maximum speed which I believe is 79 mph right there. The sound was loud and the wind rush felt like a hurricane. Interestingly, the Depot is used as the Carlsbad Visitor Center but there is no fence or anything between the Depot entrance and the tracks. I’m thinking that a visitor might be quite surprised by the unexpected Amtrak train zooming by, and I certainly hope the visitor doesn’t have a child running around loose. I see an accident waiting to happen.

I’ll be visiting again, when I have more time, to get some pictures of trains on the tracks next to the Depot. All I got yesterday was this one of the rear end of the southbound Amtrak train:

Amtrak at Carlsbad, California

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Carlsbad, California

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