Tag Archives: California

USA: Photo Summary

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The West Coast: San Francisco

Arriving in San Francisco concludes the Amtrak journey from East Coast to West.  After over 75 hours on the train, it was only a from Emeryville to San Francisco to go! After crossing the Bay, the coach stops at various places in the CBD.  These include near AT&T Park, The Ferry Building and a few stops along Market St including my stop at the San Francisco Shopping Centre Bus Stop (the shopping centre is actually a Westfield…). From there, it was a short walk up Mason St to my hostel on O’Farrell St. With 3 nights in San Fran, I had a rough idea of the things I wanted to check out.  These included Fisherman’s Wharf, the Ferry Building and surround area, Alcatraz, a ride on one of the city’s historical cable cars, Japan Town, AT&T Park, Land’s End, the Golden Gate Bridge and whatever else I could fit in between. Continue reading The West Coast: San Francisco

Yosemite National Park

I’ll be honest, the first time I ever saw the word “Yosemite” or heard about it was after an installation of Windows XP in the early 2000’s.  Basically, part of the sample images included with every user account was a picture of Yosemite.   This, combined with references to Yosemite over the years in many hiking blogs and articles, I finally decided to wiki the name and I was sold. I decided that the next time I go to the US, Yosemite was a priority in terms of places to go. Continue reading Yosemite National Park

Rocky Mountain High to Sacramento

With the current Amtrak timetable, getting from Denver to Yosemite National Park requires a mandatory overnight stop in either Sacramento or Emeryville California, after arriving there using the California Zephyr.  This is due to the lack of connecting trains and buses which leave in the area to get to Yosemite and the relatively late arrival time of the train into Sacramento.  From Sacramento however, it’s a bus, then a train, then another bus to get to the national park. Continue reading Rocky Mountain High to Sacramento

Coming Soon: From Florida to freezing, my transcontinental journey across the USA

Over the past 5 weeks, I’ve been on an epic journey up and down, east to west across the United States of America.  With things almost wrapped up in Texas, stay tuned for my experience through the land of the free and the home of the brave.