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Meet David Mahl

Monday, October 20th, 2014
David Mahl

David Mahl

I was born in the heartland of Des Moines, Iowa, but then moved to the hot deserts of Arizona – and I deplore the heat. I went on a high school vacation to San Diego and I fell in love. After graduation I decided to move to San Diego to enjoy the sun and beautiful beaches. I love being outdoors, working in the garden, and being in nature. That’s probably why my hobbies include planting gardens and restoring things that people have thrown away. You know what they say, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”.

I’ve always been connected to Old Town State Park in one way or another. I remember always seeing one particular conductor smiling and ringing the bell as he drove by (Harold Dozier our current Head Conductor) and thought it might be fun working there. One day I saw an ad that they were hiring so I applied. Fifteen years later I’m still here selling tickets and delighting guests in San Diego’s beautiful sunshine.

If you could choose one reality TV show to be on what would it be?
The Amazing Race because I love the chase and the possibility of winning.

Which talent would you most like to have?
I would love to be a talented chef.

Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
Batman for his strength and darkness.

What is your most treasured possession?
My gift of imagination and creativity. “Creative people have the spirit of hope and the gift of striving.”

What is your favorite vacation spot?
Anywhere in the Pacific Northwest where it rains. I love the rain.

Top Sales Reps Nationwide in San Diego

Friday, October 10th, 2014
The happy winners of the Historic Tours of America, Half Million dollar club; three of the top 10 sales reps of the company. picture; Pictured Barbie Harrell, David Mahl, Karen DeHaan and Depot Sales Manager Tyler Grubenhoff

The happy winners of the Historic Tours of America, Half Million dollar club; three of the top 10 sales reps of the company. picture; Pictured Barbie Harrell, David Mahl, Karen DeHaan and Depot Sales Manager Tyler Grubenhoff

Boy am I one lucky guy! There were ten sales reps nationwide that sold more than a half a million dollars and I had three of them on my team. Not only were they on the list, they were the top three sellers. Karen DeHaan was the number one seller in the nation and Barbie Harrell came in second place. They are in a league of their own because they sold more than Three Quarters of a Million Dollars. Great job! David Mahl was third in the nation and he sold more than a Half a Million Dollars. This is the second year in a row where Barbie and David made it into the prestigious “Half a Million Dollar Club”. Great job and congratulations to all three of you!

CAST of Old Town Trolley Tours of San Diego Become Land’s End Business Outfitter Models!

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Old Town Trolley Tours of San Diego was honored to participate in a Lands’ End Business Outfitters photo-shoot for their catalog and website. We were all very excited and showed up bright and early to be future stars!  A Lands End team of make-up artists, costume tailors, and photographers were prepared as soon as we arrived. We spent a couple hours getting made-up to feel like celebrities! Once we were fitted into the uniforms, we were driven out to different locations to do the photo-shoot. Balboa Park and Shelter Island were a couple of the locations. “Move your arm this way, shift your head that way!” The photographers did their best to take quality pictures for the catalog. After it was all said and done, the pictures were perfect! Nikki, our Sales Rep, was part of a collage for the cover of the catalog. Other Leadagers and CASTmembers were featured either in the catalog or on their website. Rod LaBranche and Tyler Grubenhoff can be seen being interviewed for the promotional video. Thank you Lands’ End for giving us an opportunity to shine in your photos!


San Diego Big Bay Whale Festival!

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

FINAL New Big Bay Whale Days logo


Old Town Trolley and the San Diego Seals are both proud sponsor of the  2014 San Diego Big Bay Whale Festival. This fun filled, FREE event will take place on Saturday, January 25  at the Port Pavillion on Broadway Pier from 11 am to 3 pm. The event will feature three live bands:  Moon Dog at 11am, Flamenco with Roots at 12pm, Jinnah Williams at 12:30pm, and James Gibson Band at 2pm.   Back by popular demand will be the our Flash Mob at 1:30.  Lots of fun activities for kids: face painting, obstacle course, balloon art and a jumping house.  Lots of prizes will be given away, so don’t miss out on this great day!


Experience Life at Sea Without Leaving Port!

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

The Midway Museum

The USS Midway Museum is an unforgettable adventure for everyone! Enter the floating city at sea and walk in the footsteps of 225,00 Midway sailors who have served our country and upheld the American ideals of strength, freedom, and peace. Guests have the unique experience of exploring more than 60 exhibits illustrating 25 restored aircraft and the opportunity to board one of three flight simulators! Enjoy the carrier at your own pace with the self-guided audio tour, narrated by Midway sailors, that brings the Midway’s history to life!

Cruise, Sip, Dine!

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

The San Diego Harbor

Want to tour the San Diego Harbor in a more relaxed fashion? San Diego Cruises offer an abundance of different styles of cruises, one for every taste! Enjoy dinner cruises offering culinary excellence, incredible sights, music, dancing, and history! Sample varieties of breakfast and lunch dishes while inhaling the fresh, sea breezes and narrated bay cruises! Perfect for families, couples, and organized groups!

Want a Room With a View?

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

The Hilton Bayfront

The thirty story Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel is the perfect example of San Diego’s coastal culture and lifestyle. This hotel is adjacent to the San Diego Convention Center and just minutes from San Diego’s international airport! Complete with delicious restaurants and easy access to the Gaslamp Quarter, East Village, world-class shopping, and recreation, the Hilton is another great place to stay! Not to mention how close it is to Petco Park, to get your homeruns in, and the Embarcadero Marina Park, featuring fishing piers, basketball courts, gazebos, and concessions!

Want to Step Back into 19th Century San Diego?

Friday, March 29th, 2013

Old Town San Diego!

If you’re a visitor of San Diego who’s looking for historic sites, authentic cuisine, fine dining, and unique shopping, Old Town is the place to find it! This town offers the opportunity to step back in time… watch taffy being pulled at Cousin’s Candy, make your own candles at Tody’s Candle Shop, create your own hat at The Johnson House, sample unique gourmet foods at Alvarado Provisions, and much more! If you’re looking for even more historic atmosphere, Fiesta de Reyes offers the experience of journeying through San Diego’s past from 1821 to 1872; enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine, retail stores, and live entertainment. As for gifts or souvenirs, the SOHO Museum Shop offers historic reproductions, gifts, and books from early Californian history like leathers, hat stores, Native American art and crafts. Best of all, Old Town Trolley Tours takes you through it all!

Got Your Land and Sea Legs?

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

The San Diego SEAL Tour

Departing from Seaport Village, the Star of India at the Maritime Museum, this 90-minute, fully narrated SEAL TOUR winds you through beautiful, historic San Diego streets before splashing into the waters of the San Diego Harbor. Learn about San Diego’s rich military history and cruise through the home of the California Sea Lion. Explore the harbor and experience it’s nautical history and beauty in amphibious vehicles driven by experienced captains!

Wedding Bell Blues

Monday, January 28th, 2013

You remember the 5th Dimension’s 1969 hit, Wedding Bell Blues, don’t you? Well you don’t have to have wedding bell blues in San Diego. Old Town Trolley Tours has a fabulous, San Diego wedding trolley that is perfect for your big day, Felicity.

San Diego Wedding Trolley