The Portland, OR Union Station
It is 10:22 pm, and I am somewhere in snowy south Oregon on the Coast Starlight train. We have right at twelve hours to go until we land in San Francisco, and I've already eaten through my snacks...this isn't good.
This is my first time riding Amtrak since '98 when my family took this same line north to Vancouver. I don't remember much because we had a sleeping room and I slept...no such luxuries on this trip! I'm in a Coach seat (and there are outlet plugs at every seat and free WiFi!). However, I don't think I'll be getting much sleep judging by the crowded car, some babies, and a crew that looks/sounds like they are ready for a party.
I have been in Portland for several days visiting friends and checking out the city. I do love Portland, but I definitely feel like you need to have a dog on a leash, or a baby stroller to fit in. And if I lived there I would probably shop too much because all the shops are so cute and eclectic. :)
I am headed to San Francisco to visit two Hawaii friends and am really looking forward to the city by the bay! But until then, I'm enjoying this laid back train traveling!
Update: The ride went well, I think I got more sleep than I ever do on redeye airplane flights! If we ever settle back on the mainland, hopefully it will be near an Amtrak line. Tennessee is a void of Amtrak...so sad!