The Seaside beach

The Seaside beach

One of my English friends asked me which seaside we went to on our vacation.
In England the seaside refers to any beach by the sea so I can understand her inquiry.
I told her that the name of the town was Seaside and wasn’t that a lovely name. It really makes you want to visit when you are sitting in Texas and the temperature is hitting 104 degrees. The other city close by is Sand City. Another interesting name but not quite so welcoming at Seaside.
When we visited the lovely beach at Seaside , California close to Monterey it was about 70 degrees.
The morning beach/sea mist had not completely disappeared and a slight breeze was blowing. The only other people we saw on the beach was a couple walking their dogs. They were soon lost in the mist.
Lots of birds were there looking for breakfast and anything that had been washed up in the tide. They were mostly seagulls and I could see they were thinking, “Now here’s another pair of people to disturb us.”

We walked along the beach on the damp sand in bare feet and I thought this really makes for a great vacation. I am very pleased we went.

Amtrak train, the Sunset Limited.

Alpine, TX
Amtrak train, the Sunset Limited.
This train runs from New Orleans to L A and we joined it on the 2nd day of our trip at San Antonio. We were sleeping in our carriage at the time so really didn’t know we were joining it. We awoke to find ourselves at dawn on the track going through the south west Texas desert/scrub land. Not really a pretty scene. We had one smoking stop where the train got refueled and Mike got out to take some photos of the Texas town of Alpine really close to the Big Bend area
Mural on wall in Alpine
During the day we went to breakfast , lunch and dinner and the scenery gradually changed to more desert than scrub land and brown and blue mountains appeared on the horizon. We were passing through Arizona and the scenery was more interesting especially as the clouds were forming over the mountains and then a small shower rained on us and there was even a rainbow forming over the mountains.
Somewhere in Arizona
Pretty soon it was time to go to bed again as we knew we would be up early as 6 am was the train arrival time for LA.

Well for a change Amtrak was early- very early as it arrived just after 4 a.m. We were off at 5a.m.and sat around the beautiful , but well used, Union Station.
Union Station LA
 It was pretty cool sitting in the station waiting for dawn until a restaurant opened so we could have breakfast. By 10 am we were on the next train the Coastal Starlight heading for our final destination Monterey.

Plogging 2

All I want to do is to write a simple daily blog with thoughts, photos and occasional paintings.( hence Plogging) I have been doing this on another program but ran into so many problems I thought I would try WordPress and see how this goes. Surely this can’t be so difficult or can it!! So far , so good.

I have just returned from a train trip and a visit to Monterey so expect lots of photos. Paintings will come later! The photo below is from the train window travelling through Arizona.