Sunday, January 29, 2012

All Aboard! Rail Trip, Part 1

What an adventure it was!!  I'm still catching up with things here at home and trying to remember where I left off.  Why do vacations go by so fast?  The first two days really made us question our sanity for traveling to the Pacific Northwest in January, but overall it was a good choice and so much fun.

Klamath Falls, Oregon

This is the cute little sleeping room complete with a toilet/shower combo, sink, seating for five, table, closet, mirror, and storage.  The seats fold down for the bottom bed and the top bunk folds down from the ceiling.  We sure had some good laughs at the size of the room after the beds were folded out; it looked so much bigger on the Amtrak website.  I won't mention the sound of the flushing toilet.

 
I had no idea there was a movie car.  They weren't thrilled with my suggestion for a bowling alley, lap pool, spa, or gym car.    

One of the advantages of traveling during the off-season.  

Just when we thought train travel was the only way to go in weather like this, they made an announcement that Portland would be the end of the line.  A mud slide on the tracks somewhere between Portland and Seattle put a halt to all rail traffic in both directions.  Plan B was a 3 1/2 hour, dark, stormy, icy, white-knuckle bus ride to Seattle.  Our bus driver really deserved all the applause when we finally landed safely at the train station in Seattle.


The restaurant at The Edgewater where we were staying.





The deserted streets of Seattle the following morning.  They rarely get this much snow.

We weren't going to let a little snow keep us inside all day, so we bundled up and headed out on foot. 
Pike Place Market



Most of the snow had melted after the second day....another opportunity to walk around and do a little shopping.

I really had to talk myself out of this awesome watchmaker's cabinet.  I would have bought it in a heartbeat if I had an easy way to get it back home.








Watson Kennedy.....such a fun store!


Of course we had to make time for all the typical tourist destinations.
The ride to the top of the Space Needle where we ate lunch. 

Dan the Comedian, our tour guide for Underground Seattle

So many interesting pieces of history left underground.

Underground museum

What a stark difference between the old and new.  Part of the underground is directly below this gorgeous old building.
Love the sign!

I was a little disappointed that I didn't come home with a suitcase full of treasures; most of the pieces that really spoke to me were either too big or not for sale.  Too bad all the goodies in the underground or the museum weren't for sale.  I'm sure I'd be able to find a good place for the State Hotel sign. 

I'll be posting about our field trip to Victoria in Part 2.  I'm missing all the great food already.

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