Friends and family have been calling about their travels this 2013 Thanksgiving almost weekend. Naftali wins the green travel award because starting in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, he walked, took buses, and trains to visit his mom in San Diego!
Going carless -- the relaxing, carbon-light way to go.
In his own words,
"This morning, I walked to the Orange line, which is part of Metroline... tethered to underground Metro... and I was able to get on with my backpack on rollers. The cost getting to Amtrak's Union Station was $6.00 for an all day Metro pass, which included bus ride from Lake Balboa station in the Valley to North Hollywood's Redline Station, where I caught an underground subway to Union Station.There weren't seats available except for the front section where disabled people usually sit. Turned out I could sit in that section this time.
Roundtrip ticket on Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner from Los Angeles to San Dego $82.00. The train left 11:15 am this morning for a 2 hour 48 minute ride. I'd purchased my ticket a week before, and showed the conductor my eticket on my iPhone for scanning. There were only two other people in my car! (I will add: bumper to bumper on the freeways according to iwitnesses) Looks like our train car could have sat 100 people. Others on train seemed to be watching movies on their smart phones.
Food was not cheap. I had penni pasta, a bud light and chips for $12. Not too bad for processed food. Mahler's 6th symphony, 2nd movement played on my iPhone which worked well with the environment.
We traveled parallel to the ocean from Oceanside in Orange County to San Diego. I felt like I was riding on the ocean, about 45 minutes before we reached Union Station in San Diego. A historical buiding 1930s, also used by San Diego's active trolley system.
It was a very relaxing, enjoyable ride."
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