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Monday, June 1, 2015

Leaving California

Although we flew down to L.A. from Seattle at the beginning of our trip, because Nigel is a train aficionado, we had decided to take the Amtrak train called the Coast Starlight back home, a two-day trip. The Coast Starlight is Amtrak's last remaining full-service sleeper train. We engaged a sleeping car, with complimentary meals.

Unfortunately, because of my migraine, I had decided to skip my plans to visit the Huntington Gardens the day after my visit to Kris Peterson, which also meant, unfortunately, that I didn't get to tour the Huntington with another California blogger, Denise Maher, who writes the blog A Growing Obsession. I spent a large part of that day in my room, with high hopes that the headache would have passed by the next day, when we had to leave. By evening, I was well enough to eat a light meal, and thought with a good night's sleep, I might be all set for a fun trip. But that was not to be.

Not our train (that's the Disneyland train)

That's more like it!

The bench converts into a bed, with another bunk bed above

Because of my migraine headache, I spent the first day of our trip laid out on the bench seat, with an ice pack pressed to my head and the window shades drawn to keep the sunlight out. Nigel ate two delicious meals, while I decided to pass on food.

Sink, cabinet, complimentary bottles of water (our own little bathroom is just around the corner of the cabinet)

(My thanks to Nigel for the rest of these photos, as I was incapacitated.)
One of the dining cars

View of the Pacific Ocean from the train


California countryside and the front of the train

More California

Yet more California

Finally, on the second day, Oregon!

By morning, I was finally feeling better, and managed to eat some breakfast, a snack around lunchtime, and then a full supper, just after we left Portland. We left L.A.'s Union Station at about 10 a.m. on Thursday morning, and arrived in Seattle at about 9:00 p.m. the next night, on Friday. The second day was much more pleasant than the first, and I wish I could have enjoyed it more.

I know I'll get another chance to visit Southern California in the future. I want a do-over!

17 comments:

  1. The last full service sleeper train! That is sad. We took that train from Seattle to San Francisco years ago with our then 10 yr old son. It was great fun and we enjoyed the sleeper car and all the amenities. So sorry you had a migraine and missed visiting and the garden. I hope you get a do-over soon, What a difference greener Oregon is compared to California. Great photos.

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  2. Oh, I'm sorry you couldn't tour the Huntington Gardens with Denise, I suppose you'll have another chance. Hope you are feeling well already. Love seeing the differences in the landscape during the train trip.

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  3. Oh what a shame, that looks such a good trip. I hope you get the do-over!

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  4. I've taken that trip many times--the best part (I hope you got to see it) happens in the morning when you go through the mountains of Northern California/Southern Oregon--there's a long and beautiful tunnel curving around the mountainside with nice vistas.

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  5. What a beautiful way to get home! Sorry you couldn't enjoy it. Here's hoping you get a do over!

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  6. My thanks to Nigel for those great photos, and I so wish you could have enjoyed the experience.

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  7. Sorry to hear about the migraine but hopefully on your next trip there you won't have any of such. The train looks very elegant, a way to travel in style :)

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  8. Nigel did a good job of recording the trip...for you and for us. The irony is for one of such a sunny disposition to suffer a debilitating headache. Proof, as if we needed it, that life is not fair.

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  9. Hope you are migraine free for a while now. Nigel is a trooper, thank him for the photos.

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  10. I'm sorry to hear a migraine kept you from seeing Huntington Gardens, I went there once many years ago. The Coast Starlight looks so much more comfortable and elegant than the regular train I took from SF to Vancouver. What a night. I see California has already browned out, I guess because of the drought. I wonder how that affects the Huntington gardens.

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  11. I think you're definitely due a do-over! I've taken a train through parts of Alaska and Europe but never along the California coast - that would be a treat (without a migraine, of course).

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  12. I love that last photo, so cool and foggy. What a welcoming sight for you!

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  13. My sister-in-law has a fear of flying so she travels by train quite a bit, including that trip from Tacoma to California. Looks like a pretty scenic route.

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  14. What a bummer that you were down for the count.

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  15. You know, when I travel I almost always get a migraine. So I don't travel very much or very far. I hate to ruin it for my family. And there is almost nothing worse than having a migraine when you can't be home to convalesce in peace and quiet. I feel for you Alison. That train looks really nice though. I often see it pass through Albany. Take care.

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  16. Such a shame you weren't able to enjoy your trip, hope you are feeling better now that you are home. My husband is a train buff too, maybe I should show him your post!

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  17. That train looks like a nice way to make the trip. I'm sorry you didn't get to enjoy it. I hope you get a do-over soon! I love the photos of dry California and then suddenly you're in Oregon and it's wet and cloudy with a river.

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