Sunday, December 9, 2018

Amtrak to Portland

Erika and I are back from a spur-of-the-moment jaunt to Olympia, Washington. We took Amtrak to Portland, Oregon, and rented a car for the last two hours of the journey. The train trip took about 45 hours. We booked a sleeper car and passed the time relatively comfortably. The train ran spot-on-time—and, in fact, on our return, arrived in St. Paul an hour early. Who has ever heard of a train arriving an hour early? Our outbound weather was foggy then blizzarding. Coming home was clear and cold. Birding at 80 mph left a bit to be desired. The first photo is of oil fracking near Williston, North Dakota. The second is of Mount Hood (I think) as we covered our final miles along the Columbia River on our way to Portland.

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