Category: 2012 – San Francisco

Day 1

We left home at 8:00am and arrived in Lamy at 11:00 Mountain time. IMG_1126

We ate lunch at a local BBQ joint not too far away.

Our train arrived a little more than one hour late. We boarded and began the train journey.

Our first meal on the train was dinner. I had steak, Vicky had salmon, Stephen had chicken and Michael had a hot dog.


After dinner, we chilled out a while in our rooms before turning in for the night. We did make a stop in La Junta, CO and were able to step off for a few minutes.


Like always, I did not sleep much the first night. To much to watch out the window. Don’t want to miss anything.

San Francisco 2012

The Mashburn family will once again be heading out on a cross country journey. While we have actually been to San Francisco before, it was for less than 24 hours. This time we will be there for four days. Though we are heading West, our train trip will take a longer route and we will go East to begin with. Here is out itinerary…

Thursday, June 28th – Drive to Lamy, New Mexico from Amarillo and board Amtrak’s Southwest Chief to Galesburg, Illinois

Friday, June 29th – Arrive Galesburg, Illinois, change trains to Amtrak’s California Zephyr to Emeryville, California

Sunday, July 1st – Arrive Emeryville, board a bus to take us into San Francisco.

Monday, July 2nd – Wednesday, July 4th – Exploring San Francisco

Thursday, July 5th – After a short bus ride from San Francisco to Oakland, we will board Amtrak’s Coast Starlight to Los Angeles. We will arrive in Los Angeles the same evening where we will spend the night.

Friday, July 6th – Spend a little time in Los Angeles, at 6:15pm we will board Amtrak’s Southwest Chief back to Lamy.

Saturday, July 7th – Arrive Lamy and rive back to Amarillo

The last two years, our first train was late which messed up our connection to our second train. My hope and prayer is that this year will not be a repeat and our connections will be just fine.

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Finally, while we originally thought he was not going to be able to house sit for us, a change of his schedule will allow our good friend James to once again spend time eating our food and watching our TV while we are gone. Thanks, James.