After a 3 hour delay, just after midnight the rumbling of the train rolling into the station flooded my mind with memories of summer train trips back to North Dakota with my family. Tonight would be a trip in a new direction, heading for Portland; this time taking our two high school daughters on their first Amtrak journey.
Sleep was intermittent, being gently jostled back and forth as we wound our way west. The occasional blow of the train whistle was a gentle reminder of where I was as I dozed. Oddly comforting, even if the semi-reclined seat was not.
Waking to the sun just beginning to rise was a peaceful sight to behold. The car was quiet, with most passengers still dozing. My husband was awake, so we quietly made our way to the wide-open views in the observation car.
My trip wouldn’t be complete without a game of cards with the girls. As a young girl, my dad and I played endless hands of Kings Corner to pass the miles across the Montana highline. The game these girls love to beat me at is Nerts – a fast paced game of group solitaire with lots of silliness and laughs.
Closing in on the last stretch of the trip, we sat and took in beautiful views along the Columbia River Gorge. Mount Hood in all its snowy glory was breathtaking. Fishing boats with eager anglers reminded me that this part of the world has already woken to the sights and sounds of spring.
Four glorious days stretch out ahead of us where we will spend time with dear friends, taking in the sights, sounds, and scrumptiousness of Portland. I think I have plenty of content for my next few SOLC18 slices!