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. …

Mountain States Road Trip – Craters of the Moon N.M., Yellowstone N.P., and Grand Teton N.P.

Making Plans From August 31st to September 9th my companion and I took a trip to Craters of the Moon National Monument, Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, and the points connecting the three. We had purchased our reservations in January, and even then lodging in Yellowstone was almost …

Videos from Yellowstone (and points nearby) 2019

You may have noticed that there were no “New Uploads” posts for September, October, or even November, and that I’ve fallen behind on my last entry into my “Thirty Years of Photography” series. That’s because in early September I took a trip to Yellowstone National Park and the surrounding area. …

Two Days in San Francisco

We arrived in San Francisco the afternoon of Wednesday the 21st of December. We arrived early, so before checking into our hotel we headed over to the Holy Virgin Cathedral Russian Orthodox Church on the recommendation of the wise people of the Internet as an interesting place to see. As we walked by we noticed that the front door was open and stepped inside. The church was full of people, both in the main sanctuary as well as an outer vestibule. We stood and watched the service with interest. After a time, the service seemed to be closing down and…

2016 Florida Adventure

From time to time I’ll post stories of journeys I’ve taken in the past. This is from a trip to Florida in February of 2016 that inclujded Everglades National Park, Key West, the Kennedy Space Center, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, & Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. 2016 started with a February trip to Florida for some wildlife photography and exploring. We boarded the redeye in San Francisco at nearly midnight and arrived in Ft. Lauderdale the next morning at about 7am. There, we rented a car for a five-day excursion. We had done our research…