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In a few weeks, I'll journey cross country to San Diego for a work conference. The conference lasts five days, but I'll arrive two days early to explore the area. I've been to San Diego several times, but usually stay in the Old Town area with family, eating Mexican food and sipping margaritas. This time, I'll rent a car for two days and explore the region in more detail, with a lot of freedom of movement and time. Where should I go? I've already done all the typical tourist stuff during prior visits - the San Diego Zoo, sitting like a vegetable on the nice beaches, etc. I'm thinking about taking a day trip to Joshua Tree National Park, about three hours away. Has anyone been there? Not sure I can survive the brutal desert heat. :( And finally....

A ride on an American train via the Pacific Surfliner, pictured below! The train from San Diego to Orange County is very cheap - only $28 for an unreserved seat, and $42 for business class.

amtrak

The three hour train ride hugs the Pacific coastline, and there are even tracks right on the beach which I'll cross! It will be interesting to compare Amtrak service with Russian Railways, I really have no idea what to expect from an American train but I'll be sure to share my impressions here. Once I arrive in Orange County, I'll probably head to the mountains and spend a few days in Big Bear.

I'll have two free days in San Diego on 1 May - 2 May. If I have any readers who have time and want to join on a car journey, please send me a message or comment below. Sorry I didn't have time to write stories last week, but this week I'll return with some posts from the Russian journey. Thanks for being patient! Unfortunately, my lawyer job is busy these days, with almost no time for anything else.

If you have suggestions for the San Diego area, please also share in the comments. Sometimes, it's easy to forget how beautiful and diverse my own country is, so I'm looking forward to heading back to the West Coast, where the overall vibe and way of life is quite different than East Coast living.

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roman_dochkin
Apr. 6th, 2015 03:54 pm (UTC)
Nice choice.
peacetraveler22
Apr. 6th, 2015 03:59 pm (UTC)
It's especially nice because my work pays for the plane ride and hotel. :)) Otherwise, I wouldn't pick this destination. Too expensive, but very beautiful landscapes there!
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qi_tronic
Apr. 6th, 2015 04:00 pm (UTC)
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where the overall vibe and way of life is quite different than East Coast living
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And that's the only I know :) (plus short visits to Arizona and Texas)
peacetraveler22
Apr. 6th, 2015 04:01 pm (UTC)
West Coast people are usually more relaxed, Earthy and have better work-life balance. I like it there, but don't like warm weather and all of my family is in Virginia. It's too expensive to fly cross country in the USA - this ticket was almost $600 roundtrip! Good thing I'm not paying for it. :)
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buddhistmind
Apr. 6th, 2015 04:04 pm (UTC)
Wish you an immensely good trip! :]
peacetraveler22
Apr. 6th, 2015 04:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I will be happy to go on a road trip again, even if it's a short one. :)
juan
Apr. 6th, 2015 04:11 pm (UTC)
You can also go to neighboring Tijuana in Mexico, everything is 10 times cheaper there and it's more fun.
peacetraveler22
Apr. 6th, 2015 04:15 pm (UTC)
I've already been to Tijuana a few times. I'll be traveling alone, and I don't think it's so safe for a female to be wandering around there alone. I may be captured and sold as a sex slave! :)) Main reason to go there is to shop and drink alcohol because it's so cheap! I did this when I was in my 20's. Good times, but I don't drink alcohol when I'm traveling by myself, esp. not in public restaurants.
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notabler
Apr. 6th, 2015 04:21 pm (UTC)
I wish you a very nice journey
ruslanviktorov
Apr. 6th, 2015 04:24 pm (UTC)
I will continue to wait
peacetraveler22
Apr. 6th, 2015 04:26 pm (UTC)
And when will you visit the USA? :)
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mb_b
Apr. 6th, 2015 04:37 pm (UTC)
It's a spring travel time!

Yes, I heard Amtrak trains in CA are more decent than here.

I'm off next week for the first bike trip of the season, to cover between 500 and 600 miles in 8 riding days, also out West. I feel a bit superstitious to give the details ahead of time: I attempted that route 3 years ago but failed and had to improvise.

Don't forget to wave when you pass overhead!

peacetraveler22
Apr. 6th, 2015 04:39 pm (UTC)
Cool! My boss is a hardcore cyclist. He's even been to the Tour de France a few times, and cycled Alpe d'Huez. Why did your first attempt at the route fail? It was too physically demanding, or something else caused the failure?
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grand_damme
Apr. 6th, 2015 04:52 pm (UTC)
and what about to meet some kind of romantic experience there?;)

do you have a good bikini ?

Edited at 2015-04-06 04:54 pm (UTC)
peacetraveler22
Apr. 6th, 2015 04:55 pm (UTC)
Anything is possible! A hippie surfer dude? Sure, I'll take one of those! :)) Bikini - NO!! I am not in shape for a bikini, and never wore one even when I was younger. I'm modest when it comes to flaunting my body, boobs, etc. to just anyone.

Edited at 2015-04-06 04:56 pm (UTC)
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a_nimaida
Apr. 6th, 2015 05:01 pm (UTC)
"American train" caused Association
Apaches - Indians - Cowboys-chase - the train)
peacetraveler22
Apr. 6th, 2015 05:44 pm (UTC)
There are no cowboys or Indians in San Diego, only surfers and beach bums. :))
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letberg
Apr. 6th, 2015 05:05 pm (UTC)
What a beauty unbelievable! Are these photos made by you?
peacetraveler22
Apr. 6th, 2015 05:06 pm (UTC)
No, the photos are pulled from Google images, but they have no copyright notice on them, so I don't know who the photographer is. The first one is especially dramatic and beautiful!
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Leo Y
Apr. 6th, 2015 05:05 pm (UTC)
I was just there, not quite in San Diego, but slightly to the north, southern Orange County (Huntington Beach area). This was a really nice trip paid for by my employer:-) In spare time I got to explore the area a little bit. I particularly liked Newport Beach and Laguna Beach. Riding a bike in Balboa Penincila is fantastic - it is flat, one can go for miles without breaking a sweat:-) And Laguna beach reminds me so much of southern Italy!

Didn't quite make it to San Diego this time, I was there in the past, maybe will get a chance to visit there again in the future.
peacetraveler22
Apr. 6th, 2015 05:09 pm (UTC)
My aunt lives in Yorba Linda, which is located in Orange County. We usually go to Newport Beach when I visit her, but this time I want to go to the mountains, so she suggested Big Bear! There is so much to see in this part of California, esp. if you're a nature lover, like me. But I don't have that much free time, only a few days. :( I also thought about taking the boat and a day trip to Catalina Island, but it seems a bit boring to me.
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pin_gwin
Apr. 6th, 2015 05:31 pm (UTC)
What I like in CA is a kind of special state of mind and moods it puts me into. I almost feel flying there. I will not list any particular places there, any visitor's guide will deliver, what I like there is simply being at any kind of elevated area or mound by the ocean shore. I think it may be a season for whale watching tours. San Diego feels like pedestrian friendly places in downtown, but I may be wrong.
peacetraveler22
Apr. 6th, 2015 05:47 pm (UTC)
People there are more relaxed, they don't take work as seriously as most East Coasters. So, I guess I have a West Coast mentality, because I'm a laid back person, work hard/play hard mentality. However, I don't like that it's always warm there. It's very easy to walk in San Diego! It's always ranked as one of the fittest cities in the nation, and nature there is beautiful.
jbkrok
Apr. 6th, 2015 06:13 pm (UTC)
I am assuming you will rent a car there. If so, I would suggest a trip to La Jolla (~30 mins north from downtown). Would recommend a boat trip (around Coronado and other Navy bases) also.
peacetraveler22
Apr. 6th, 2015 06:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I planned to go to La Jolla the first day, after I arrive mid-morning on my flight. I'll rent a car from the airport, probably a mid-sized SUV. Have you been to the Hotel Coronado? It's amazing! :) I'll go to some business receptions there during the conference, but would never pay the large amount of money to stay there for a night.
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elena_88888
Apr. 6th, 2015 06:47 pm (UTC)
I'd like to join, but this time can do it virtually only :(((
Nevertheless, Bon Voyage and awaiting your interesting reports:)))
I never was there so I'll be glad to any your report ;))
peacetraveler22
Apr. 6th, 2015 07:02 pm (UTC)
Okay! I will try to make you feel like you're actually there with me in the reports. :)) But this is almost impossible to do. I haven't been to California for a few years, so I'm looking forward to it! And a lot of cute, surfer, hippie boys there for eye candy. :)
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liver22
Apr. 6th, 2015 07:22 pm (UTC)
In my opinion the desert in those places is interesting from the point of view of history, and, again, in my opinion, in the desert of an interesting nature, especially if you live in Super Eastern Europe.
So I'd take a horse and headed into the desert, but if I saw a coyote, I'd had a heart attack (a coyote phobia), and I would have eaten wild birds.... finish :-))
peacetraveler22
Apr. 7th, 2015 12:12 am (UTC)
Coyote phobia? :) This is unusual! I have a squirrel phobia. I don't like this animal because, in America, they are quite aggressive, not cute and fuzzy!!
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