Posts Tagged ‘Long Exposure’

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Amtrak for the Holidays, Part 2

February 2, 2012

Aftre doing the whole Home For The Holidays thing for a few days, it was time to start heading back West.  If I was being totally practical, I would have gone back the way I came, taking the Southwest Chief directly back to LA.  Always leery of excessive practicality, I decided to instead go back to LA via San Francisco.  This was partly just to avoid taking the same route twice, but was mostly due to the fact that Amtrak’s Chicago – San Francisco train is called The California Zephyr.  I’ll be honest, the phrase “California Zephyr” is probably what sold me on going Amtrak to begin with.  I’m a sucker for cool place names, and apparently, cool train names as well.

It's kind of like Smucker's. With a name like California Zephyr, it has to be good.

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Wandering through Carrizo Plain National Monument

September 11, 2011

It was Labor Day weekend a week ago, and I figured spending an entire three day weekend in my apartment is kind of lame.  Not knowing L.A. well enough yet to find much to do on the spur of the moment, I cracked open the atlas and started looking over the page with Southern California for anything that sounded interesting.  My eyes centered on “Carrizo Plain National Monument”, a silver dollar sized green spot on the map about four inches from Los Angeles.

I didn’t bother googling the place before leaving; I decided I’d figure it out when I got there.  I grabbed my pack, chucked my bike and a few water bottles in the Cherokee, and set out.  After a couple hours up I-5 and then across a few state routes, I found myself out here:

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