As we turned our back on Cambria we headed east on California highways 46 and 41 through Paso Robles over the coast range that forms the west end of the San Joaquin Valley until we hit I5 then had a long drive to Sacramento.
Have you ever been to Cambria Beach on the central California coast? No? Neither had we; we rectified that life mistake on this trip, thanks to Brian and Marie.
I had been jonesing for a trip to Cajon Pass in Southern California in order to watch trains going from the desert, over the San Bernardino Mountains into greater Los Angeles. Getting large trains over the pass takes a lot of effort: manageable grades and a LOT of locomotives. It’s the kind of place foamers (what the railroad people call trains fans because we tend to foam at the mouth at the sight of a train) really start drooling.
It was time to leave Santa Barbara and hit the road for our next stop: Rancho Cucamonga in the Los Angeles Inland Empire. But we had all day so we took a couple of detours. First up was a trip to the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden on the way out of town.
We spent our one full day walking and taking in the sights of Santa Barbara.