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Purissima Ghost Town Tour, November 28

HMB_purissima_cypressFrom We went on the first-ever tour put on by Coastside Land Trust of Half Moon Bay's Purissima Ghost Town (click the link to register for the next tour, November 28). Despite warnings of poison oak and wasp attacks, we toured Purissima with a young child, who loved it. All the buildings are gone, long since reclaimed as roadbed material for Highway 1 or farm buildings, but the original row of cypress trees, the mansion foundation, and water tower concrete pad are still quite visible. Henry Dobbel built Purissima up to just around 300 people in the 1860s before a variety of circumstances destroyed the town. If you loved A&E's show Cities of the Underworld, you'll love Purissima.

Riptide Rides the Rails: Southern Crossing

Sunset, Western Maryland

IMG_0355Topping Off the Engine
IMG_0445Rainy Day in Chicago


Retired Santa Fe Lounge Car, Raton, New Mexico IMG_0441
Raton, New Mexico Train Depot IMG_0398New Mexico Skies IMG_0432
Santa Fe Southern Railway Locomotive
Red Rocks, Albuquerque to Gallup, New Mexico






Men's Colony, San Luis Obispo, California


I took all these pictures with my iPhone 6+ camera while traveling cross-country on Amtrak's Capitol Limited, Southwest Chief, and Coast Starlight. Along the way, I saw two of the strangest names I have ever encountered in the United States: The Youghiogheny and Monongahela rivers meet at Confluence, Pennsylvania.

Amtrak long-distance trains offer sleeping compartments, coach seating, food and beverage service, showers, restrooms, helpful attendants, and incredible scenery. If you shop around by date, you can get steep discounts on rail fares and accommodations. I use a MasterCard Amtrak Guest Rewards credit card for all my daily purchases to rack up points for my next train trip. ALL ABOARD!

John Maybury