Last month I spent a week in California visiting a friend in Northern California and my daughter in college in Southern California. I flew in to San Francisco, took a train down the coast and then flew home from Los Angeles. I had a lovely visit with everyone and found the train ride to be particularly relaxing and picturesque. It took eight hours to get from San Jose to Santa Barbara and I particularly enjoyed hanging out in the observation car, though I believe this picture was taken from the dining car at lunchtime. This is a horseshoe curve in the Santa Lucia Mountain Range in central California.