We left San Francisco by Amtrak Shuttle bus at 6:30m.
Then, we went to Emeryville Station in Oakland which is other side of San Francisco bay.
It is the beginning of Trans Continent Railway “California Zephyr”.
At first, train runs by the bay area….then, soon we get into inland.
We stopped at Sacramento Station. Coast Starlight stops here so, this was my 2nd time.
This old city is the Capital of California which is about 2 hours from San Francisco by train.
Now, the landscape is quite dry. We are getting into “Old California”.
Now, the train is getting into Sierra Nevada which was the biggest trouble before pioneers got to California.
When they first build the Transcontinental railway in 1860s, this mountain range was the biggest trouble too.
This peaceful lake is today, called Donner lake which is taken by Donner Party.
Donner Party was a big group of pioneers. Due to the several wrong choice of route, their schedule was delayed and delayed….
All after the hard travel in desert, they got to Sierra Nevada in 20 Oct. which was right before snow season comes.
But they decided to go foward…..but soon after, snow season arrived earlier and they could not move anymore. Then, the lake which was called “Truckee lake” those day was the place they decided to have winter camp to wait for spring.
But they did not have enough foods and ended up with ｃannibalism too.
They started with 87 people and 48 people survived. This is known as the major tragedy of the pioneers today and there is an announcement in the train too.
We arrived to Truckee Station. This area was developed during the Gold rash and when transcontinental railway was completed in 1869.
When Donner party passed by in 1846, there was nothing around here…..
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