On March 18th, we boarded a train in Jacksonville for our 2+ week journey to the west coast and back. Traveling on 5 different Amtrak routes, we made our way to Seattle and back, taking advantage of Amtrak’s sleeper cars for our 9 nights spent on the trains. While we were able to spend time in Washington DC and Chicago en route, our only extended stay was in the Seattle area for a week, visiting friends and sightseeing a bit.
In sharp contrast to Jacksonville, we traveled through many miles of snow-covered plains and mountains, waking up to single digit temperatures as we made our way through North Dakota. Although we packed a pair of shorts “just in case”, we didn’t actually wear them until shortly before we arrived back in Florida.
And it was a treat to visit with our friends in Seattle. George and Gail had moved there last fall. We spent a few days with them, enjoying the hospitality of their daughter’s family who put us up. We also had a chance to visit with Christa (whom we met and worked with at Pocahontas) and meet her adorable 8-week old daughter Louise. And then we spent a wonderful evening with Sandy and Greg at their home, Sandy having been a friend of Cathy’s family since both were in high school.