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Our Amtrak Train Trip to Santa Barbara (8/2013) pics

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

We have never been on an Amtrak Train so for our vacation this year we took a 6.1/2 hour ride from San Diego to Santa Barbara, California. My sister-in-law and her husband were also going with us as well as my sister and her husband.

This is Barbara & Jerry (sister-in-law & husband.) We drove over to San Diego together and ate lunch at a restaurant called Janet`s...located 1 hour away from San Diego in Alpine, California. A really neat little place that Barbara & Jerry discovered last year.


This is mine & Barbara`s lunch. She had a grilled chicken salad and I had a grilled chicken sandwich with fresh fruit.


Me & my husband David




We arrived at the train station about 8:30 a/m the next a/m.
Amtrack train station....leaving for Santa Barbara



Sister , Donna & her husband Steve


Inside the train....I climbed these stairs more than once to the next level where the snack bar was.


I bought some pretzels as I got nauseous riding backwards on the train. We brought SUBWAY sandwiches for lunch before we left San Diego



A spacious bathroom is behind this door


We arrived at our hotel about 3:30 p/m.....it was an easy walk only 3 blocks from the train depot.


Interesting trees by the station


We stayed at the "Harbour Inn"....The view from our balcony was so beautiful



Inside our room....even had chocolates on our bedside table at night.



We walked through this opening several times a day. This lead us to the ocean, pier, restaurants, shopping, etc.


Out and about....here is the gang


LOVED the pier

Stearn`s Warf was built in the 1800`s





star fish attached to the pier...can you see them? They are orange.



My sister, her husband, David & I ate lunch on the pier.....I had fish tacos...they were so good. I did not eat the fries.



This 57 Chevy police car was parked on the pier


Walking on Main street...I saw this sign...too funny!


We took the trolley and visited the Old Mission Santa Barbara


Some chalk art on the asphalt by the mission



Inside the mission...the paint is all made from natural berries....nothing artificial



Took the train back on Wednesday afternoon to San Diego where my sister lives. We stayed there for a few days and then headed for home on Friday.

We planned to eat breakfast at the same restaurant where we had lunch in only a few days before.


On the way home we stopped in Yuma, Arizona at the Yuma state prison.....it was closed . We will stop another time.


It was a wonderful trip and I would love to go back to Santa Barbara, some day.

There is another part of our vacation that I will save for another blog. Barbara, my sister and myself went to "The Pageant of the Masters". This is where volunteers become part of art. This year was their 80th year. The event was called, "the Big Picture". It was very impressive.




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GRACEISENUF 8/29/2013 10:54PM

    I am friend's with SCOTMAMA and the title of your blog was on my feed and it caught my attention. I was born in Santa Barbara and still live in Santa Barbara County (the outskirts).

Your pics are wonderful and I am delighted to read about how much you enjoyed my hometown!

My husband and I often talk of taking a train and going north. We would like to visit the Oregon coast. I really enjoyed seeing the train pics too.

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SCOTMAMA 8/29/2013 10:10PM

    Enjoyed your blog and photo's as I have spend many years of my life in that area, but now live in Arizona. I've only been on Amtrak one time, but thought it was kind of a fun experience. Even the food was good. I took Amtrak from Las Vegas to Seattle years ago when my Mom was dying -- and no planes were available at the time.

Your vacation sounds like an ideal one -- you all seemed to enjoy it.

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NELSONCHERYL59 8/29/2013 7:09PM

    Very nice thank u for sharing. emoticon

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BABYSMAMA12 8/29/2013 6:12PM

    Great Blog and great pics Callie! What wonderful memories!

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MARILYNROBERT 8/29/2013 1:19PM

    It's so nice to see both you and Barb! The food looks great...ha ha emoticon

Does the chalk are wash away when it rains? emoticon

Did you write that chocolate message on the chalkboard...I know you didn't but it sounds like something you'd make up. emoticon

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BARBFROMAZ 8/29/2013 11:20AM

    Great blog and pics! Good job, Callie!

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PATRICIA441 8/29/2013 9:03AM

  Great pictures, looks like you got a lot of great walking in too! Looking wonderful girlfriend!! So happy for you!

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TWIDDLYDE 8/29/2013 12:34AM

    Love the pictures Callie. What did you think of the Amtrak ride? I would like to do that someday. I would really like to go east especially to Maine.

Thank you for sharing. And you look GREAT!!!

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BECKY0111 8/28/2013 10:53PM

    Love it! Great pics! Thanks for sharing.

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