8088 Miles by Train – Part VI: Denver, Colorado, to Santa Clara, California (1399 Miles)

California Zephyr: Denver to Sacramento | Capitol Corridor: Sacramento to Emmeryville | Thruway Bus: Emmeryville to Santa Clara This is the last part of my 6-part series covering an 11-day Amtrak trip around the western United States in May of 2006. Be sure to read about the planning and start …

8088 Miles by Train – Part V: Sacramento, California, to Denver, Colorado (1315 Miles)

California Zephyr: Sacramento to Denver This is Part 5 of my 6-part series covering an 11-day Amtrak trip around the western United States in May of 2006. Be sure to read about the planning and start of my journey from San Luis Obispo to Los Angeles in Part 1 the …

8088 Miles by Train – Part IV: Essex, Montana, to Sacramento, California (1321 Miles)

Empire Builder: Essex to Portland, Oregon | Coast Starlight: Portland to Sacramento This is Part 4 of my 6-part series covering an 11-day Amtrak trip around the western United States in May of 2006. Be sure to read about the planning and start of my journey from San Luis Obispo …

8088 Miles by Train – Part III: Chicago, Illinois, to Essex, Montana (1576 Miles)

Empire Builder: Chicago to Essex This is Part 3 of my 6-part series covering my 11-day Amtrak trip around the western United States in May of 2006. Be sure to read about the planning and start of my journey from San Luis Obispo to Los Angeles in Part 1 and …

8088 Miles by Train – Part II: Los Angles, California, to Chicago, Illinois (2256 Miles)

Southwest Chief: Los Angles to Chicago This is Part 2 of my 6-part series covering my 11-day Amtrak trip around the western United States in May of 2006. Be sure to read about the planning and start of my journey from San Luis Obispo to Los Angeles in Part 1. …

8088 Miles by Train – Part I: San Luis Obispo, California, to Los Angeles, California (221 Miles)

Pacific Surfliner: San Luis Obispo to Los Angeles From the Trainwacko Files The Trainwacko Files are stories from the journeys that I took by rail between 2005 and 2008. I had discovered model railroading in the early 1990s, and the logical progression from that was to become a certified Trainwacko. …

Featured Collection: Yellowstone National Park

"The Edge of the Spring" [Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming]

Grand Prismatic Spring, Midway Geyser Basin

"A Stroll Among the Geysers" [Upper Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming]

Castle Geyser steaming, Upper Geyser Basin

"Pot of Gold & Silver Coins" [Aurum Geyser in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming]

Aurum Geyser, Upper Geyser Basin

"The Fountain" [Orange Spring Mound in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming]

Orange Spring Mound, Mammoth Hot Springs

"Hot Spring Hot Rod" [Cyanobacteria at Doublet Pool in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming]

Cyanobacterial mats at Doublet Pool, Upper Geyser Basin

"Sunset at Geyser Hill" [Doublet Pool in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming]

Cyanobacteria at Doublet Pool, Upper Geyser Basin

"It's No Fish Story" [Fishing Cone Spring in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming]

Grand Prismatic Spring, Midway Geyser Basin

"Sundial" [Dead Tree at Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming]

Fishing Cone Spring, West Thumb Geyser Basin

"Bathing Beauty" [Gibbon Falls in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming]

Gibbon Falls

"Where Clouds Are Made" [Upper Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming]

Upper Geyser Basin

"Hot Running Water" [Main Terrace at Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming]

Main Terrace, Mammoth Hot Springs

"Good Morning Yellowstone" [Upper Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming]

Upper Geyser Basin

"Bottomless" [Abyss Pool in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming]

Abyss Pool, West Thumb Geyser Basin

"Bubbles in the Hot Tub" [Beach Spring in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming]

Beach Sprint, Upper Geyser Basin

"Terraces" [Main Terrace at Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming]

Main Terrace, Mammoth Hot Springs