I was startled to learn that La Quinta (where we are now staying) in Berkeley is only four blocks (or less) from the Berkeley Amtrak Station. This proved to be important this morning when I headed to the station after finally wrestling the motel’s printer into submission. Buying a train ticket on line was ridiculously easy; printing that sucker took 30 minutes. As it turned out, it was a smart thing to do as the eTicket machine at the station did not like my credit card – refusing to print me a ticket. Go figure. I was just glad I had it.
On the train I met Eric the conductor. Working for Amtrak on the Capital Corridor for only 3 weeks, he is having a great time. He likes the passengers, loves the train and generally thinks he has landed the best job in the world. Equipped with a handing Q-reader it takes him a bare second to scan my printed ticket before moving down the car to the next person.
Ruth picks me up in Davis. UC Davis has a wonderful Arboretum through which we wander (see pictures) giving us a nice hike in glorious weather.
Naturally we have to take a detour way to the other side of a city or three to stop in at Babette’s where we both succumb to the new Jane Austin Knits.
To put the perfect touch on the day, Ruth’s Tues night knit group came over. We sat in the back on the patio enjoying ice tea, knitting and discussion of family.