It turns out, there's a WHOLE LOT OF ROOM down there and a lot of privacy. Since the room is at the end of the coach, we had windows looking out both sides of the train. It really was a VERY comfortable room. Don also liked going down to the vestibule, the spot where passengers are let on and off the the train, to stand looking out the side doors at the passing countryside. But now we will have to take another train trip to enjoy the upper bedroom experience.
We again enjoyed the sunset over the New Mexico cliffs with white clouds and some lightning in the distance. We have such a great variety of scenery in this country it is well worth taking the time to experience it. There was a Mennonite couple on the train with us (distinctive appearance we recognized from Pennsylvania Dutch areas, not Amish, she wore a beautifully tailored teal dress). I have no idea what they will be doing in San Diego. I am curious.
This time the conductor emphasized that it was o.k. to get off at Fullerton and catch an earlier train to San Diego. So we did not have to stay on into downtown L.A. and Union Station. IT WORKS! We avoided the two-plus hour wait in Los Angeles and found ourselves at home much earlier than expected. Our checked luggage did not make the transition, so Don went back to the the San Diego depot later to retrieve it (bigger bag plus NEW duffel for our new shoes and dirty laundry).
No more trips currently planned. Maybe a last-minute offer we can't resist will present itself. Right now it's nice to be home and Sheba has been glued to me since our return.