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LAX to Burbank by train

49F08781-9E3F-4C35-A89E-74C9EDDA0BD0If your trying to get from LAX to Burbank and you don’t want to drive, you have a few options.

Uber, taxi or Lyft, bus, hitchhike… Or if your feeling adventurous you can take the flyaway bus from the airport to Union Station then take the train from Union Station to Burbank.    

Things to know if your doing this.

Make sure you get on the correct flyaway bus, there is more then.   If you have luggage they will store it under the bus.   You pay for the bus at the end, they only accept credit and debit cards no cash (the cost from LAX to Union Station is $9.75)


For Amtrak you can purchase your tickets in advance but if your plane is running late you could run the risk of missing your train, so we opted to purchase our tickets at the station.  You need to go to the ticket counter to get a ticket, the kiosk are for metro passengers only.

A business class ticket will allow you access to the first class lounge with snacks, wi-fi, comfortable seating and a red cap to take you to the train. (Business class ticket $18.60 – coach ticket $9.50)

There is some space on the train for your luggage, its very limited but we were lucky and able to find room for all of our bags.

Keep your ticket with you as they will ask for it once your seated.

Depending on how far your going there is a cafe car, our trip was too short to check that out.

Our train did have free wi-if.

The train ride was a quick 25 minutes, we spent more time waiting for the train then we actually spent on it, the stops are quick so be ready when they call your stop or you may wind up in another location.


You get dropped off right across the street from Bob Hope Airport.


It was not the most efficient way to travel, and I would not recommend it if your on any kind of schedule.  But  we did avoid Los Angelas traffic and had an adventure, and after all adventure is the best part of travel

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The Original Pantry Cafe Los Angelas

If your hungry in Los Angelas and on a limited budget then consider checking out The Original Pantry Cafe at 877 S Figueroa St.


Neither fancy nor overpriced this a great little cafe with fair prices, delicious food and huge portions.


   There is usually a line to get in around the most popular times (breakfast, lunch dinner).   They don’t take reservations, you get in line and wait for a table to open.  


If its a small group consider trying to get a spot at the counter if one of those seats comes open and your standing there its yours. Open 24 hours and be sure to stop at the ATM before visiting though as they only take cash. Service is fast and you will leave full and happy.


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In A Quiet Iowa Cornfield

In a quiet cornfield in Iowa there is a simple tribute to The Big Bopper (JP Richardson), Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and Roger Peterson, four men who died in a tragic plane crash February 3, 1959


The crash is a true testament to how a simple act of fate can change a life.


The Big Bopper had the flu, so Waylon Jennings gave him his spot on the plane, and Tommy Allsup lost a coin flip with Richie Valens.  Neither Tommy nor Waylon could know giving up those seats would save their lives.



The memorial is neither showy nor fancy, 3 simple records and wings for the pilot, a wind vane made of cake pans and a few treasures that fans have left over the years.


I was so impressed how well maintained the pathway was, the grass from the road to the memorial was mowed and green.


Its a beautiful yet sad reminder of an event that changed the course of music and left us wondering where these men would be today if they had chosen to stay on the bus.


Its a long drive through endless cornfields, there is no fee to get it.  Put 22728 Gull Ave., Clear Lake, IA into your GPS.  Park near the Buddy Holly Glasses near the side of the road and walk about 1/4 mile through the cornfield to the memorial.  


Be respectful of the surrounding area, some very kind farmer is allowing the public to walk through his fields, show him the same respect he shows for these great musicians and their fans by memorializing  the day and place that the music died.


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Georgia O’Keefe and Abiquiu

If you love Georgia O’Keefe art or if you just want to see beautiful mountains then go to the little town of Abiquiu, New Mexico and visit Georgia O’Keefe’s beautiful home and surrounding property.


Near the Abiquiu Inn you can purchase tickets ($35.00) that includes the shuttle bus drive over, a knowledgeable guide (we had brilliant Brenda) who knew all things Georgia and had a true passion not only for her art but knew about the beautiful little town and natural back drop that surrounded the home.


The home is very simple, almost sparse, but the true beauty comes from the views one gets from the enormous picture windows that are in every room.


Our guide would hold up pictures of paintings, then point to the inspiration that Georgia had to inspire her.


I knew very little about this iconic artist prior to my visit to Abiquiu, but now I not only know more about her, but I have an appreciation for the way that she captured the beauty in everything from spectacular mountains, to small doors.

We were told stories of how she used all the fruits and vegetables in her meals, this woman was no starving artist, yet she made sure everything in her garden was put to use and that she could not use immediately was canned and saved.


They do not allow photographs to be taken in the home, but you may take as many pictures of the surrounding property as you wish.


After your tour, if your hungry visit The Cafe Abiquiu, the menu is filled with delicious looking meals, I chose the Grilled Cheese Sandwich with tomatoes made panini style.

Wonderful day with my dear friends Patrice and Elizabeth plus a delicious meal, who could ask for more!


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In a serene park in the middle of Oklahoma City, there sits 168 empty chairs.


     The chairs face a reflecting pool between to large walls, one wall says 9:01 the other 9:03.
     It’s all very simple but the impact is enormous.  At the base of each chair is the name of one of the victims of The Oklahoma City Bombing,
 If you close your eyes you can almost imagine them sitting as people pass by hoping that what visitors see and experience will somehow help to heal any anger they have in their hearts making the world a more peaceful place.
     This memorial is all about healing. 9:01 signifies the innocence of the city before the bomb went off, and 9:03 signifies the time that the healing began.
An enormous oak tree, named The Survivors Tree provides shade and a place to reflect for visitors,   This tree was once called an eyesore, but with love is now beautiful and purposeful.
If you visit, take time to go into the museum, where you  not only hear the story of the tragic events of April 19, 1995, but you also hear about how the world came together to try to help the survivors, the victims families and the  city.  We were a world at its best and worst following the tragedy. The stories you hear will change your life.


     We had less then 24 hours to see as much of Oklahoma City as possible and while we only scratched the surface of this town, we did take in a few sights.
The State Capitol.
Historical Automobile Alley
A few innings of baseball from out room at the Bricktown Hampton Inn
The Oklahoma City / Bricktown Riverwalk.
It looks remarkably like the San Antonio riverwalk.
(Is this where the old San Antonio River barges went?)
     In our challenge to spend at least one night in all 50 states, Oklahoma surprised me the most.
“We know we belong to the land..and the the land we belong to is grand!”
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Starting Day 6 in Jerusalem

Meeting with The Latin Patriarchate


Father Pat connecting with St.Pius X



Cindy, Patricia and Angie hanging out in Jerusalem


John the Baptist birthplace Ein Karem Church


Church of The Visitation where Mary went to visit Elizabeth


On our way to Bethlehem


Things you don’t see everyday


Church of The Nativity


Waiting in line to see the birthplace of Jesus



Mass in the cave of Jesus birth


Another perfect sunset in Jerusalem


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Day 5 Israel

Starting our day with another Sea of Galilee Sunrise


Jill, Cindy, Maggie (who made all the great signs) and Angie outside our hotel just after sunrise.


Mt. Tabor and The Church of The Transfiguration




Father Pat saying Mass at one of the outdoor chapels


Steve and Patricia and the cat who came to mass


Valley that is believed to be where The Battle of Armagettan will be fought.




A rare group photo




Steve and Patricia got to ride a camel


Temptation Mountain, where Jesus wandered


Jordon River (where there are land mines possibly?)



But that did not stop us from wading in the same water Jesus was baptized in (though I’m sure it was not as murky back then)

Angie, Jill, Loretta, Michelle, Nora, Corinne, Patricia in the Jordan River


Dead Sea (I was surprised how blue it was)



Marshall photo bombing Angie & Jill


We had fun playing in the mud (it made your skin feel very soft)


Marshall, Brian, Patricia,Frank, Father Pat, Joyce, Loretta, Maggie & Terry getting ready to frolic and float in The Dead Sea



Angie happily playing in the mud

After floating and playing in the mud we checked out the Lowest Bar in The World


Cindy, Nora, Celeste and Bob Baron at the Lowest Bar on Earth



As we were leaving we passed this poor fellow who I guess could be a reminder of what could happen to you if you spend too much time in The Dead Sea (or maybe at The Lowest Bar in The World)


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Walking- Sailing – Praying

Day 4
Sunrise over The Sea of Galilee.


Sailing across the Sea of Galilee.





The boat crew hoisted the American Flag to The Star Spangled Banner.



Tabgha and the area where Jesus performed the miracle of multiplying the fishes and loaves. The Rock with a Mosaic that portrays 2 fish and bread loaves sits behind an altar. People can go onto the altar and view both from a short distance.


The Mount of The Beatitudes there were beautiful gardens, and a beautiful small chapel to pray in.




Father Pat said Mass at one of the pavilions.


Caesarea Philippi, the location where Jesus told Peter he was the Rock where he would build His Church.



I always thought it was going to be maybe a big boulder, actually its a small mountain.


The Church of The Primacy of St. Peter, also known as The Place of Coals, located on The Sea of Galilee, this small church is the site of where Jesus instructed Peter to throw his net back on the other side when he was having a bad fishing day, Peter did as he was told and turned out catching 153 fish.

John 21:9 “When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with bread and fish on it”
The stone in front of the altar at this church is said to be the “table” where Jesus served the Apostles bread and fish for breakfast.

It was after this breakfast that Jesus instructed Peter to “Feed my Lambs….Tend my sheep…feed my sheep.” John 21:17.


Putting our feet in The Sea of Galilee


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Cana & The Basilica of Anunciation

March 13, 2018 Day 3

In the afternoon we went to the church at Cana.

I know most people think of Cana and associate it with marriage. When I think of the Miracle at Cana, I think obedience and faith in our children.
There Jesus was, having a good time, at this wedding reception and His mom asks Him to perform a miracle.
Initially He tried to tell her no, He wasn’t ready for that yet.
But His mom made a request and because He was a good obedient son, He agreed.
So came The Miracle at Cana, with Jesus turning water to wine.

I love that this miracle happened at a wedding reception, no one was sick, no one had died, the only thing the couple wanted was to have a happy marriage and the blessing of children.


They did not realize that among their wedding guests was The Messiah, if they had I am sure they would have asked for a blessing. Jesus and His Mother wanted this couple to get a good start with their marriage and not be stuck with the stigma of being “that couple who ran out of wine at their reception” (don’t accept dinner invitations from them). That over site made their marriage one of the most famous weddings ever (and we don’t even know their names.)

The Church at Cana has become a popular spot to renew wedding vows, and thank God for the miracle of marriage and love.

I personally feel that I can use all the blessings I can get, and Father Pat was kind enough to allow me to include Don via phone, so with the other couples we had another opportunity to continue to vow to love and honor each other.Father Pat even splashed my phone with Holy Water for good measure.

Wedding vows are among the most sacred words couples ever say, repeating them in public now and then is good for us.

While visiting I took the opportunity to pray upcoming marriage of my daughter Liz and her wonderful fiancé Eddie.

The church is very simple, not at all ornate. There is a small chapel and a large sanctuary. Outside there is a courtyard where you can imagine newlyweds rushing through while having rice or whatever is politically correct to toss at them thrown at the time.


From Cana we travelled to Nazareth, the place it all started.


This is where Mary says yes to The Angel of The Lord and agrees to be the mother of the child who would change our world forever.

The spot where the Angel came to Mary is simple yet beautiful. Looking into the room you could almost see the glow of the angel (it may have been the lighting), I had an overwhelming feeling of peace and joy when I stood looking (that was not the lights.).


Mary who was really just a child by today’s standards was so pure and trusting in her faith, to see an angel and agree to a task that not only changed the world, but changed her life, and in the beginning not for the better. Then for Joseph to believe and accept her and Jesus loving both of them without question was one of the worlds greatest testimony’s to faith.

The Basilica of the Annunciation is huge, if you visit take plenty of time to see all the artwork inside and out of the building. There is artwork from every country showing their depiction of Mary.


They are all very different all beautiful in their own way.
The church grounds cover the area they believe was the small town of Nazareth more then 2000 years ago.

The air was growing cooler and the sun was starting to set as we boarded our bus for Tiberias and our hotel for the night Galei Kinnereth


This beautiful hotel is located on the shores of The Sea of Galilee.
I went to sleep knowing the next day would be a wonderful day filled with stories, new lessons and beautiful sights that will humble and amaze us all.