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HDR tone-mapped photos by Bob Pilgrim (from top to bottom): Old Rockaway business district with the quarry in the background, Linda Mar Beach with Pedro Point Headlands in the distance, Rockaway Beach with the quarry in the background, riparian pond at Mori Point, Sea Bowl.
From our world-traveling friends John and Claude Elk in Cambodia: "Battambang for a few days, where the most unusual thing we did was take a ride on the bamboo train, a single platform, a driver, and each time you meet another 'train' coming toward you, you have to take it all apart in about 30 seconds and let it pass—the rails were so crooked and misaligned it was a jostling ride through the countryside, but what fun!"
The Central Coast Railway Club (CCRC) operates an excursion on the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad at Fish Camp, California (Highway 41 between Fresno and Yosemite National Park) from May 31 to June 1.
The trip includes bus transportation from Fresno to Fish Camp, a ride on the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine tourist railway behind a genuine steam locomotive, (featuring photo runbys not normally offered), a box lunch, and return transportation to Fresno.
Passengers can ride Amtrak’s San Joaquin train to and from Fresno (not included), and attend a Fresno Grizzlies minor league baseball game (not included). See links below for details and to purchase tickets for the excursion for $95 per person:
Accommodations: Passengers are responsible for making their own hotel reservations. The two designated hotels are: Holiday Inn, 1055 Van Ness (closest to ballpark); La Quinta Inn Fresno/Yosemite, 2926 Tulare Street (closest to station, farthest from ballpark). Central Coast Railway Club will attempt to negotiate special rates at these hotels. Three other hotel options in the area are: Radisson Hotel & Conference Center, 2233 Ventura Street; Americas Best Value Inn, 2425 Merced Street; Super 8, 2127 Fresno Street.
Fresno Grizzlies baseball game (not included): Passengers also have the option of attending a Fresno Grizzlies baseball game on Saturday night. The Grizzlies are the AAA minor league affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. The Grizzlies play the Sacramento River Cats (Oakland A’s farm club). Chukchansi Park, which opened in 2002, is at the corner of Tulare and H Streets in downtown Fresno, approximately 1-1/2 blocks from the Holiday Inn, 0.6 miles from the Amtrak Station, and 0.8 miles from La Quinta. Passengers may walk to the ballpark or provide their own transportation—cabs are available at the Amtrak station. Passengers will purchase their own tickets to the baseball game. Tickets may be purchased at the box office on the day of the game or in advance at MLB. Remember, the game is May 31. Ticket prices start at $8 for the bleachers, with most seats costing between $12 and $18.