On a gorgeous Day in March, over 50 CIR volunteers and donors were treated to a unique trip in a classic dome lounge-dinning train car up the coast to San Luis Obispo and back. The restored Silver Splendor dating from 1956 has a dining area below and the dome seating above. Steve Junak, consummate botanist and historian told tales of the ranches and other interesting spots and old towns, while highlighting the ecology and wildflowers along the way. Tanya Atwater, world-renowned geologist, shared her extensive knowledge of the geology of the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific coast along the way. Passengers arrived at the Santa Barbara train station in the morning, and half were seated in the dome car with the guides while the others lounged in the lower diner portion of the car. On the return trip, the group switched locations on the train. Passengers were also served tasty drinks including coffee, mimosas, wine and beer and soft drinks, plus a delicious buffet lunch. Tickets for the trip sold incredibly quickly and was enjoyed by all. Because of this we plan to host another tour in the Silver Splendor this fall.