The Pacific Surfliner takes its name from the route it runs. For much of the trip from San Luis Obispo to San Diego it travels along the southern California coast providing excellent views of the Pacific Ocean.
by John Linder
Santa Maria, California
I had never seen a live Angel baseball game until my friend Richard suggested that we take our wives to Anaheim this summer and see one. Now, I love my train rides, but I also love baseball's best team. After thinking about what he had said, I asked Debbie if she would enjoy seeing the team that we had come to admire on television. She then asked how soon we could take the adventure on and ride the Pacific Surfliner to the stadium.
The next visit to the store brought about an announcement over the store PA system asking, "Hey Richard, how soon can we go to the big city to see an Angel game?" It took him about five seconds to get to Check Stand 2 to see who had made the request. The rest of this story is that Richard planned a sports escapade on our beloved Amtrak train that will live in my memory for many years to come.
We picked up Richard and his wife Ellen around 6 am at the store he manages for John Spencer and drove to Santa Barbara early on a Sunday morning. One stop at a quick breakfast place found us with a bag of egg sandwiches to eat on the big silver bullet while watching the landscape pass by. What a ride into the city. Our Pacific Surfliner arrived about two hours before game time and this gave Debbie and I plenty of time to look around the stadium we had come to admire only on the big screen. Wow, there we were, standing at the front of Angel Stadium waiting for it to open and allow us to view the halos in action. Richard had tickets placing us six seats from the field and at first base. What a start for the adventure we had dreamed about earlier in the week.
After the game, our Amtrak train picked us up right where it had dropped us off precisely at the train station at Anaheim Stadium. We rode the rails in our safe and secure Pacific Surfliner back to Santa Barbara, California, then drove home to Santa Maria. A hardy thank you to Ellen and Richard for a really great time was recited as we parted for our homes.