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Saturday - May 4, 2019

Campo Drive, Picnic & Train Ride

Join us for a drive to Campo where we will have a picnic and go on a train ride.

Event Schedule

????   Leave home for meetup point
            Edwards Rancho San Diego 15 parking lot
        2951 Jamacha Road
        El Cajon, CA 92019
10:45   Start scenic drive to Campo
~11:30   Arrive at train museum
    Purchase tickets for train ride (see below)
    Potluck Picnic
1:15   Train Ride
~2:30   On your own - explore museum and grounds, go home ...

The Drive

We will start the group drive from the parking lot of the Edwards Rancho San Diego Cinema. It is about two miles east of where route 94 stops being a freeway. The drive is about 70 miles round trip from Rancho San Diego (range miles a little less). An alternate return route via I8 is a few miles longer but possibly faster depending on where you live.

The drive will take us on an old time two lane (winding) road that at one point dips to within a few hundred yards of the border with Mexico. Some may want to make a two mile side trip (on the return) into Tecate for Cinco de Mayo supplies. Also at Campo is the southern terminus of the Pacific Coast Trail if anyone is interested in a hike (the other end of the trail is at the Canadian border). This is where Reese Witherspoon started her trek in the movie Wild.

Picnic logistics

There is a picnic area, but it can’t be reserved. We suggest that people bring a camping table if you have one, and camping/beach chairs in case the picnic area is full. Members should bring a dish (with serving utensil) to share, plates and silver/plastic ware, and their beverage of choice.

Train Ride

We plan on taking the 1:15 train ride. The cost is $18 (adult), $15 (senior) or $9 (child). Tickets can be purchased on-site or in advance.

Visit the museum web site for full information.

Please REGISTER by e-mail to by Wednesday, May 1st and include:

  • Name (first & Last)
  • Number of car occupants
Feel free to add any ideas or suggestions.
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