Amtrak to Olympia

Amtrak station, Emeryville
Amtrak station, Emeryville

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.

Bridge and Reflections
Bridge and Reflections

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.

sunrise
sunrise and irrigation canals somewhere in Oregon

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.

Snow in the Cascades
Snow in the Cascades

The scenery was stunning.  Too bad on her for missing it.

Mount Hood
Mount Hood

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.

 

 

 

Coast Starlight to Washington

Oola, the Mysterious One and I are about to embark on a trip to the northern Olympic Peninsula in Washington State.  Oola still thinks we are going in Mom’s Memorial Prius.

Oola, unPhotoshopped
Oola, unPhotoshopped

But really we are going on Amtrak’s Coast Starlight.  We have reserved a roomette.  I’m wondering how all three of us will fit in there. The Mysterious One says “We will put her under the pillow.  Nobody will hear her screams.”

Have to call the taxi soon.  I’ll keep you posted.