We are traveling on the Coast Starlight, but won’t see much of the coast since we are getting aboard in the Bay Area instead of LA. This is not a good way to travel if time is your major consideration. But if you want to experience the old days, with sleeper cars and full service, this is one of the last.
Our trip would take 20 hours and there was much to see.
So much that at first I didn’t notice that Oola was missing.
Getting into the upper bunk requires the skills of a contortionist but we finally fell asleep to alpha waves produced by the rhythm of the train climbing into Mt Shasta territory. The shadows of trees pointing to a misty moon were mesmerizing.
I awoke to a stunning sunrise.
And when I could finally start putting one thought after another, I realized that we had forgotten to bring Oola. I think she overheard the Mysterious One’s comments concerning the pillow, crawled into one of the packed boxes of art supplies in the Oakland studio, and will not be found again until we are all safely in Port Angeles — permanently.
The scenery was stunning. Too bad on her for missing it.
The other passengers pleasant to talk with. But Oola didn’t think the joke was funny.
Tomorrow we will rent a car and drive the rest of the way to Port Angeles. Meanwhile, I have to think of a way to make it up to Oola.
The Mysterious One says he will get her a corn dog.