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What is the Mooning of the Amtrak (or Mooning of the Train): The Mooning of the Amtrak is an held in the area of Mugs Away Saloon every year on the second Saturday of July. Thousands of people gather to drop their pants, or lift their skirts, along the fence as the amtrak trains pass by. The trains are normally packed full these day and even slow down so that the passengers can enjoy the show fully. Over the past couple of years it has turned into much more then just a mooning...now it is a festival similar to a Mardi Gras Celebration. The street is line with all types of vendors, party RVs and hundred os people. Between trains you may see an impromptu wet t-shirt contest, girls getting naked in blow-up pools and lots of flashing for beads.
location: The mooning takes place along the fence outside of Mugs Away Saloon at 27324 Camino Capistrano, Laguna Niguel, California 92677. To get there exit the I-5 freeway at Avery Parkway, make a right and then another immediate right at the end of Avery and follow the train tracks until you see all of the crazy people (about 1.2 miles). If you don't get there by 9am you will most likely have to park a good ways down the street and walk in. If you have a motorcycle, I recommend you bring it...motorcycles can get all the way in and always find parking.
Sorry to say that we were unable to make it this year. So far all I know is what was reported in the Orange County Register (below). Still waiting for anyone who went to give us the full scoop and hopefully some pictures!!!
From the O.C. Register...
LAGUNA NIGUEL – Scores of people dropped their pants or hoisted up their skirts to bare their bums at Amtrak and Metrolink trains Saturday for the annual "Mooning of the Amtrak" celebration, a tradition that began more three decades ago but has become more subdued in recent years.
Everyone from grandmothers, bikers, housewives, and even couples on dates came out for the daylong mooning along the tracks, just across the street from Mugs Away Saloon.
"This is so much fun," said Kim Norris, who arrived at 10 a.m. with her husband. "It took me about a week to build up the courage to do this, and another week to talk my husband into it. But it was all worth it."
The scene the past couple years has been considerably more tame after the Orange County Sheriff's Department last year instituted a strict enforcement campaign. In 2008, deputies turned away an estimated crowd of 8,000 to 10,000 after they witnessed sex acts and complete nudity. The shutting down of the event was the first in its 30 year history. Last year, about 400 people participated, with some vendors selling hot dogs and other food and drinks.
By noon this Saturday, about 100 people lined the tracks. Authorities reported no incidents.
At times during the day, deputies outnumbered mooners. Dozens of deputies patrolled on the area on motorcycles, squad cars and on foot for much of the morning. Hundreds of signs were posted on the street, from the intersection of Avery Parkway and Camino Capistrano to a business park where the road dead ends. The signs notify drivers that parking is prohibited until Sunday at 3 p.m.
"It was definitely a lot more fun when there were more people here," said Cypress resident Carol Wickenheisser, who brought her granddaughter Sara to the event. Both grandmother and granddaughter stood next two each other along the chain link fence, laughing as they mooned trains.
"There is no where else I'd rather be today," Wickenheisser said.
The event began as an impromptu dare among a group of bar patrons at Mugs Away Saloon when K.T. Smith vowed to buy a drink for anyone who would join him mooning the train across the street. The mooning now attracts participants and observers from across the country and has become an all day party full of drinking and mooning.
Last year, the City Council adopted new ordinances to prohibit drinking alcoholic beverages, urination, and defecation in public to protect residents, visitors, and business property that might be damaged.
Lake Forest neighbors Janice Sparks and Ramona Lotito have driven out together to Laguna Hills each year for 30 years for the event.
"It's a shame that a few people had to spoil it for everyone when all this trouble started two years ago," Sparks said. "It's a great tradition. It's not somewhere you want to bring your kids, but it's good, clean fun."
Lotito said the she plans on coming out to moon the trains for as long as she can.
"I think the best part about this experience is meeting all these new people each year," she said. "We make new friends every time we come out here. We all have a good time. That's what it's all about."
Well after last years events, we decided to head down to Mugs Away to see what would become of the Mooning of the Amtrak. A BIG Disappointment to say the least. There were maybe 300 people, and 200 police officers. The majority of the crowd was inside of Mugs Away, and when a train cam by, the police did not stop the people from running to the fence to moon the train, but that was it. As soon as the train passed, everyone went back inside the bar to wait for the next train.
Wow, what an event the Mooning of the Amtrak was this year...Over 8,000 people showed up and it was the wildest party right up until the Orange County Sheriff came in and shut it down.
Even though everyone, including myself, was pretty disappointed with the Mooning being shut down, I must say the Orange County Sheriff handled it really well. You could definitely tell that the Sheriff's Deputies that had to come out and ask us to leave were not the ones that made the decision, that was made much higher up. The Deputies on-site were all really cool about it and as you can see from the picture, even somewhat enjoyed being there. Way to often something like this winds up going bad with either the police abusing their authority, or some a-hole causing trouble with the police. None of that happened here...there Orange County Sheriff's Deputies acted professionally and treated us with respect, and the majority people responded by peacefully packing up and leaving.
If you were there hopefully you had a chance to meet us at the RV (courtesy of our good friends Rick & Debbie) with our CycleFish banner and Free Jello Shots. If you have any pictures you would like to share on our new Mooning of the Amtrak site, send them along so we can post them for our visitors.
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