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Summer Vacation Trip 2015



by Chris Guenzler



My mother and I wanted to take another trip together. This time I had no train trips planned it would be just to catch the Coast Starlight. My mother booked us on the Otter Tour at Moss Landing and got motels in Pismo Beach, Gilroy and Bakersfield. We were all set and waited for the morning to arrive to leave.

8/12/2015 We left at 10:00 AM and took CA 57 north to CA 210 to Interstate 5 then west on CA126 which we took west to our first stop of the day for me.





The Saticoy Southern Pacific station. From here we made a stop at Larrianne's Small Wonders for my mother. Next we drove US 101 to CA 1 to Grover Beach where we stopped for dinner at the Rock & Roll Diner and had a great meal. Then we continued on CA 1 to Pismo Beach and the Inn at the Cove for the night. Now some views from the room









Views from our room at the Inn at the Cove.











Views from the trails at the Inn at the Cove.







Views from the room at sunset.

8/13/2015 I got up and took the camera out to the deck of our room for some pictures.





Views from the Inn at the Cove in the morning. We checked out and drove US 101 to Atascadero where we had breakfast at the Denny's. From here it was US 101 to King City and took Mertz Road to my photo location above Tunnel 5 1/2 and waited for the Coast Starlight which had already left Salinas on time. I waited 50 minutes for it but then heard a horn and knew it was coming my way and I got ready.















The Coast Starlight Amtrak train 11 at Tunnel 5 1/2 in the Salinas Vallley north of King City. This tunnel was my joke Solar Eclipse when I would be in the Parlor Car and be in the aisle with people looking at me and I would go 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 then total darkness until I would go 3, 2 and 1 and daylight would return. It worked on people every time I took a sleeper. We left this great photo spot and headed north to Hollister as my mother wanted to see this town. Next we headed to Gilroy but when we saw a headlight I had to turn around and luck was with me again.







San Benito Railroad LLC Railroad train at the CA 25 grade crossing.





HLCX GP-38-2 3801.





HLCX GP-38-2 1842. I could not believe just how lucky I was again. From here we went to Carl's Junior for lunch then I took my mother to the Gilroy outlet mall where I bought my mother a new Timex watch. From here we checked into the Days Inn in Gilroy. We went to the Black Bear Diner for our dinner. We watched the television until it was bed time then called it a night.

8/14/2015 We woke up at the Days Inn and after I packed up the car we drove south on US 101 to CA 129 which we took to Watsonville to the first stop of the morning.





The Wastonville Southern Pacific station. From here we went to a Gas Foodmart and got donuts and orange juice, then drove south on CA 1 to Moss Landing and our second Elkhorn Slough Safari Otter Tour.



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