We did it! After talking for months about this multi-generational 'girls trip' to Portland, Oregon, a trio of female travelers set out last week to visit a fourth who lives in the "City of Roses".
King Street Station; home to both Amtrak and SoundTansit trains. Restoration work continues at the stately old station that opened in 1906 with a clock tower patterned after Venice's Campanile di San Marco. When finished, it will be one of Seattle's showplaces - it is already looking good.
On the southbound journey we rode Amtrak's Coast Starlight which carries passengers as far as Los Angeles' Union Station. My return trip the following day was on Amtrak's Cascades that runs between Eugene and Vancouver, B.C.
It comes to mind. . .
Trail & Rail Program, a partnership with the National Park Service that puts volunteer rangers on board to explain the natural and cultural sites along various U.S. routes. Two rangers on our train had notebooks full of information that they used when making announcements along the way in the Sightseer Lounge Car, pictured above.
This Trail & Rail program operates on various Amtrak routes from spring until fall. For instance, the rangers told us volunteer rangers can also be found on Amtrak's Empire Builder between Shelby, Montana and Seattle.
The Portland adventures of the Female Foursome -- two over-50-somethings and the two under-40-somethings -- continue in the next post.. . .