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My Summer Vacation to Northern California The Complete Story



by Chris Guenzler



8/12/2014 My mother wanted me to join her on a trip to Northern California. I talked with the Big Trees & Pacific and the Roaring Camp Railroad with things all set up to ride their train. After the California Western never got back to me I broke down and bought tickets for those two trips. My mother set up the Cambria motel and I did the Marina, Fort Bragg, Ukiah and Gilroy. She got us on the Otter Boat Tour out of Moss Landing and we would stay at my brother-in-law Henry in San Rafael one night and then the Harris Ranch and in Bakersfield on the way home. We left Santa Ana with my driving on this trip Interstate 5, to CA 57, to Interstate 210 back to Interstate 5 to CA 126 to Santa Paula where we made our first stop.





The Santa Paula Station. We drove west planning to stop for the Saticoy Station but that highway exit was closed. Our next stop was for my mother in Ventura at Larrianne's Small Wonders where she purchased a few things to work on in the future. We stopped at Arby's to get lunch to go then drove north on US 101 to Solvang where I got my mother a Kringle at a bakery there. We took US 101 north to Santa Maria where we looked at the Santa Maria Railroad tracks. We drove to Betteravia and stopped by the Santa Maria Railroad there.





Santa Maria 70 Toner 70 at Betteravia. All those Amtrak Express Cars are gone as we made our way to CA 1 at Guadalupe. We saw the southbound Coast Starlight then the Oceana Station on the way to Pismo Beach where got back on US 101 into San Luis Obispo where we gassed up. From here it was CA 1 north to Cambria where we checked into the Fireside Inn on Moonstone Beach. Once we got into our room, I took a walk and will now share my pictures I took with you.











Views from Moonstone Beach in Cambria. I returned to the room and wrote the story to this point. After that we went by the Cambria Post Office then had dinner at the Main Street Grill. We returned to the motel and I took another walk.









I took a walk for some post sunset pictures from Cambria. I returned to the room for the night.

8/13/2014 We woke up and after I packed up the car before having breakfast, I started my first ever driving north on California Highway 1. Our first stop was the Elephant Seal Overlook north of Cambria.







Views of the Elephant Seal Overlook north of Cambria.





Point Piedras Blanca. Now views as we travelled north along California Highway 1.













Views along along California Highway 1. We stopped in Carmel for a break then took the 17 Mile Drive. Now views from our trip on the 17 Mile Drive.



























Views along the 17 Mile Drive. We went to Denny's for lunch then drove to the Ramada Inn in Marina. Later, we went to the Kula Ranch Island Steakhouse at the Sanctuary Beach Resort. We returned to the Ramada Inn for the night. Tomorrow the Big Trees & Pacific Railway and the Roaring Camp Railroad.

8/14/2014 We got up and headed north on CA Highway 1 to CA Highway 17 and made our way to Felton and Roaring Camp for our two train rides here.

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