Amtrack’s Coast Starlight took me to Seattle, and brought me home again, no hassles, no missing luggage, no being pulled out of line for a pat-down. I bought a ticket for a sleeper car because it is a 24 hour ride. I highly recommend it.
The thing is to consider the journey part of the vacation. Sure, I could have taken the plane (it would have been cheaper, prolly), but the indignities that they foist on you outweigh the convenience.
Seriously, how often do you get to see famous monument of the egg capitol of Washington? Plus I got to see how beautiful Oregon and southern Washington are — and they are very beautiful. (It was night when I left so “Superior California) was not part of the sight seeing, sadly, in either direction.)
Being a fussy foodie, I packed a picnic each way — and while the food service on AmTrack is improving, I still think this is the way to do it right. Ah, to enjoy single-malt scotch while buzzing bird-level through the trees of Oregon? Beats the plane every time. Pack a picnic, folks. Just do it. No one should have to eat poor food.
Anyway, I’m back, but I’m kinda rolling still. I’ll be light posting today and back to more-or-less normal tomorrow.