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Coast Starlight

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After a short visit to Los Angeles, we decided to take the train up the coast rather than fly to San José. It’s kind of nice to walk in to Union Station and actually wait in the grand old waiting room. Definitely more leisurely than flying. Also a lot more laid-back than rushing to catch a Metro line.

The first part of the trip winds out of LA through the backside of industry and big box stores. We sat in our seats on the second floor and snacked and lunched for this portion. It looks like most urban train rides, albeit with fewer stops. But there are still a lot of things worth photographing.

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Once we left LA, we had to go through the mountains and make our way past some agricultural land on our way to the coast.

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After a few hours, we finally hit the coast. We moved up to the lounge car for the bigger, better windows for this part as the train runs right along the coast—sometimes at sea level, other times up on a cliff—and you get to watch the waves roll by for hours and hours and hours.

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Before San Luis Obispo, we turned inland again and began to see hills and farms instead of water. The sun was also beginning to set as we started to climb back through the mountains into the Salinas valley. It would have been nice to get an ocean sunset. But a mountain one is also pretty nice. Once the sun set though, there wasn’t much more to photograph. The last photo here is from Paso Robles.

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Coast Starlight

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Riding from LA to San José. iPhone photos for now until I get through my DSLR memory card. Is a fun trip to sit in the observation car and watch LA turn to mountains, then coast, then have the sunset as you turn inland.

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A visit to LA

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A quick trip to LA to start holiday break. I’ve got longer writeups of my trip to LACMA coming down the pipe. But first a handful of photos of from my trip there, and to the La Brea Tar Pits next door.

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Train Museum

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Hitting the train museum on the way home from Packer Lake. Just like last year. Still very much a family trip rather than a real museum exhibition. As a father to two little boys though, this place comes pretty close to heaven for them. The cashiers at the gift shop have some hilarious stories about how parents have to drag their kids out kicking and screaming.

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Mount Elwell

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Most of Packer involves taking the same hikes and visiting favorite haunts. I photograph these of course but since they’re variants of the same thing, I can be more choosy about which photos I truly like and am not taking photos just to show where I went.

This year though we took a new hike to the top of Mount Elwell. New hike means I overdocumented it and have enough photos for a standalone post. We’ve avoided this hike for a long time since it looked nasty—hot, exposed, not pretty. Weather looked good this trip to avoid the heat and exposure so we decided to give it a try. Much to our surprise, the hike turned out to be very nice with a constant breeze, well-maintained trail, and excellent views.

So not just a new hike to say we did. But one to add to the rotation of hikes to return to each year.

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Packer Family 2013

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Family photos from this year’s packer trip. It really is a family trip and I do spend a lot of time taking photos of my family there.

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Packer Lake 2013

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Same trip as previous years. This may be the first year since I’ve started the blog though that I spent an entire week there. This is also the first time I’ve taken a TLR* hiking. Only a few of those photos are here but it was good to learn that I enjoy hiking with that camera.

*In this case a YashicaMat 124G

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