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Offline woodshere

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travelling to Seattle via train
« on: November 21, 2010, 09:47:32 PM »
Was going to send this to Mark as a pm, but he has had such a week:

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=35376.msg440583#new

didn't want to burden him and then I thought others may have suggestions or questions regarding train travel.
I am planning on taking the Empire Builder from Chicago to Seattle.  The trip is a 44 hour trip, but I am planning on stopping at Glacier National Park for 3 nights so the longest amount of time I will be on the train at one time is 30 hrs.  Is it worth purchasing a roomette or can I manage to get a little sleep in a reserved seat?  When I make my reservation can I reserve a window seat if I don't get a roomette?  Any other things I need to know about when travelling by train as I haven't done it since I was in college while travelling in China?
Also any suggestions on visiting Glacier Nat'l Park?

Yes I know it is still 9 mnths away and dates haven't been set, but like many I have to budget and be ready to make decisions as soon as the dates are set as rooms at Glacier fill up early.
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Re: travelling to Seattle via train
« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2010, 06:25:52 PM »
I love the train, and I may look into taking it to Seattle as well, although I believe I would definitly want a roomette.

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Re: travelling to Seattle via train
« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2010, 06:49:38 PM »


 The last time I took the train from  LA   to New York  and back   I  had a  seat  :)

   I spent most of my time in the observation car .   It was very nice .

  I may snoop  to  see about the train too !   

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Offline Lou-ah-vull

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Re: travelling to Seattle via train
« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2010, 11:57:13 PM »
Do check...but those roomettes come at a pretty steep cost!

Gary
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07/06:  361 (27.8%), 1299 VL
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01/07:  499 (38.4%), UD
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Online WillyWump

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Re: travelling to Seattle via train
« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2010, 09:53:05 AM »
It seems the train may be out as an option for me.

From San Antonio to Seattle it shows 111 hours. One leg is a 4 hour bus ride. In addition 2 legs of the trip have no roomettes available one lof those legs is 48 hrs.

Even if there were roomettes available, the entire cost would be approx $1600 one way (with roomettes the entire way) However If I opted for just a coach seat the entire way the cost would be $361 (which Im not going to do), the coach seats are comfy but not 111 hour comfy.

However I could still fly into Sacramento and take the "Coast Starlight" up to Seattle for $171, I bet there are some great views along the way.

Plenty of time to decide I guess. But a nice train ride would be cool.

-Will
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Re: travelling to Seattle via train
« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2010, 11:27:12 AM »
It seems the train may be out as an option for me.

But a nice train ride would be cool.

-Will

Trains are cool, so rough, yet sexual, so nasty, so.... --  oops, I think we may be talking about two different kinds of trains here --- errr, nevermind  ;)
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12/10  740    41  <48   
8/11    667    36  <20  
03/12  1,041  42  <20
05/12  1,241  47  <20
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Offline woodshere

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Re: travelling to Seattle via train
« Reply #6 on: November 24, 2010, 11:51:41 AM »
Trains are cool, so rough, yet sexual, so nasty, so.... --  oops, I think we may be talking about two different kinds of trains here --- errr, nevermind  ;)

Well i could certainly take that kind of train also!!!
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Re: travelling to Seattle via train
« Reply #7 on: November 24, 2010, 12:01:37 PM »
Well i could certainly take that kind of train also!!!

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Re: travelling to Seattle via train
« Reply #8 on: November 24, 2010, 12:18:24 PM »
I think AmTrak will have to rename the Empire Builder and West Coast Starlight to. . . . . . . .

SLUT EXPRESS!


RAB   ;D

Who will also be going by train----The Cascades.

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Re: travelling to Seattle via train
« Reply #9 on: November 24, 2010, 02:26:31 PM »
I'm convinced, I'm going by train. ;D  Amtrak is sending me a packet detailing everything.  I have to drive 2 hours to the nearest depot though.  Guess I need to find out if they offer long term parking. 
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Offline Oceanbeach

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Re: travelling to Seattle via train
« Reply #10 on: November 24, 2010, 05:05:04 PM »
I have taken the Coast Starlight train between San Francisco and Los Angeles many times.  The food and drink is very good, the scenery is awesome.  There is a "party car" at the front of the train.  On on trip a woman in the "party car" asked me to approach a man she liked on her behalf.  He changed the subject to HIV and we shared his "roomette".

Once I took the AMTRAK bus/train, the first part of the trip was by bus, which was overbooked and I stood on the bus from Los Angeles to Fresno.  Never going to do that again.  The Coast Starlight is above and beyond any other AMTRAK offering making any other train trip on their routes just another train.  I would recommend flying to Los Angeles, San Francisco or Sacramento and taking the last part of the trip by Coast Starlight.   ;D  Have the best day
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Offline Lou-ah-vull

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Re: travelling to Seattle via train
« Reply #11 on: November 25, 2010, 01:25:17 PM »
Maybe some of us can arrange a "party train" to Seattle from one of those California destinations.  It would be a great way to kick off AMG and it is something we haven't tried yet.  Naturally this will take some coordination and of course we have to know the AMG dates...but this could be fun.  The California train goes overnight to Seattle and for those of us who insist on not sleeping in a seat, one night in a roomette is not nearly as bad as several nights. 

So... Will, Mark, etc.  Sound like a good idea? 

Gary
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01/06:  344 (24.6%), 86299 VL
04/06:  374 (22.0%), 87657 VL
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07/11:  840 (52.5%), UD
01/12:  920 (51.1%), UD
07/12:  857 (50.4%), 40
10/12:  UD
01/13:  710 (47.3%), UD
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Re: travelling to Seattle via train
« Reply #12 on: November 26, 2010, 12:41:36 PM »
Maybe some of us can arrange a "party train" to Seattle from one of those California destinations.  It would be a great way to kick off AMG and it is something we haven't tried yet.  Naturally this will take some coordination and of course we have to know the AMG dates...but this could be fun.  The California train goes overnight to Seattle and for those of us who insist on not sleeping in a seat, one night in a roomette is not nearly as bad as several nights. 

So... Will, Mark, etc.  Sound like a good idea? 

Gary

Gary I love the Idea! This would be so cool to kickoff the AMG with an overnight train ride to Seattle (for those who wished to partake), and who said anything about sleeping! I think we could jsut take over the bar car, kinda like we did the Cbar in Vegas :)
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Re: travelling to Seattle via train
« Reply #13 on: November 26, 2010, 01:14:48 PM »
Anyone want to take the subway from downtown Brooklyn to the upper part of The Bronx this afternoon with me?  I bet that journey will take me 1 1/2 hours.

I also took the train from Philly to NYC 2 days ago, but for 1/2 the Amtrak price I did it all using commuter lines that stopped at every station.  $40 and 3 hours of travel... I think I could have spent just $25 for Greyhound's express bus and made it in 2 hours :(
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Re: travelling to Seattle via train
« Reply #14 on: November 26, 2010, 06:57:48 PM »
Gary I love the Idea! This would be so cool to kickoff the AMG with an overnight train ride to Seattle (for those who wished to partake), and who said anything about sleeping! I think we could jsut take over the bar car, kinda like we did the Cbar in Vegas :)

I know you better than this Will. You have no intention of taking over the bar car. You're going to throw on a cowboy jockstrap and turn it into a giant orgy in one of those sleeper cars. Yep, that's your true intention. Damn, if I wasn't flying direct to Seattle, I'd join in too, lol.

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Re: travelling to Seattle via train
« Reply #15 on: November 27, 2010, 04:22:18 PM »
The train leaves Jack London Square in Oakland at or around 9:30 PM daily and arrives in Seattle 12 hours later.  The farm land through Sacramento Valley is boring but the sun will be rising by the time the train reaches the Columbia River.   ;D  Have the best day
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Re: travelling to Seattle via train
« Reply #16 on: November 27, 2010, 11:34:29 PM »
Actually it arrives in Seattle 24 hours later at 9:30 pm.  Still sounds like a great time, although I would still spring for a roomette.

You can look up the schedule easily be googling Coastal Starlight.

Gary
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10/05:  367 (26.2%), 24556 VL
01/06:  344 (24.6%), 86299 VL
04/06:  374 (22.0%), 87657 VL
05/06:  Began HAART 05/15/06, Combivir/Kaletra
07/06:  361 (27.8%), 1299 VL
10/06:  454 (32.4%), 55 VL
01/07:  499 (38.4%), UD
02/07:  Switched to Atripla 2/8/07
04/07:  566 (37.7%), UD
08/07:  761 (42.3%), UD
06/08:  659 (47.1%), UD
01/09:  613 (43.8%), UD
07/09:  616 (47.4%), UD
01/10:  530 (44.2%), UD
07/10:  636 (48.9%), UD
01/11:  627 (48.2%), UD
07/11:  840 (52.5%), UD
01/12:  920 (51.1%), UD
07/12:  857 (50.4%), 40
10/12:  UD
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Re: travelling to Seattle via train
« Reply #17 on: November 30, 2010, 06:32:38 AM »
I'm not going   ;D  Have the best day
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Re: travelling to Seattle via train
« Reply #18 on: December 15, 2010, 11:07:06 PM »
Well, just so you know . . .

The Southwest Chief will leave Albuquerque at 4:45 p.m. Aug. 15 and arrive in Los Angeles at 8:15 a.m. Aug. 16.

I will then walk down the delightful Spanish colonial arched hallway to the Coast Starlight, which will leave Union Station at precisely 10:15 a.m., give or take.

I will arrive in Seattle at 8:45 p.m. Aug. 17, and should arrive at the hotel in time to share a few cocktails with my brethren.

Anyone interested in these dates? I can see a party train forming here!  8)

HUGS,

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Re: travelling to Seattle via train
« Reply #19 on: December 16, 2010, 12:42:39 AM »
I am willing to consider the party train "add on option." Most likely San Fran or Oakland, but possibly LA.  All of this is contingent on dates.  I am trying to keep all of August open until we set these dates, which I hope we do quickly.

Robert, I am confident we will be able to get over to the Roosevelt from the train station with little difficulty.

Gary
Diagnosed Oct. 2005
10/05:  367 (26.2%), 24556 VL
01/06:  344 (24.6%), 86299 VL
04/06:  374 (22.0%), 87657 VL
05/06:  Began HAART 05/15/06, Combivir/Kaletra
07/06:  361 (27.8%), 1299 VL
10/06:  454 (32.4%), 55 VL
01/07:  499 (38.4%), UD
02/07:  Switched to Atripla 2/8/07
04/07:  566 (37.7%), UD
08/07:  761 (42.3%), UD
06/08:  659 (47.1%), UD
01/09:  613 (43.8%), UD
07/09:  616 (47.4%), UD
01/10:  530 (44.2%), UD
07/10:  636 (48.9%), UD
01/11:  627 (48.2%), UD
07/11:  840 (52.5%), UD
01/12:  920 (51.1%), UD
07/12:  857 (50.4%), 40
10/12:  UD
01/13:  710 (47.3%), UD
07/13:  886 (49.2%), UD
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Re: travelling to Seattle via train
« Reply #20 on: December 16, 2010, 11:42:01 AM »
mark

the Coach Starlight departs Redding @ 315A.  I'm sure the party will be in full swing by then and you probably won't even notice me when I board (more likely, you'll be sound asleep but I promise I'll be quiet and won't wake you.)_

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Re: travelling to Seattle via train
« Reply #21 on: December 16, 2010, 12:19:44 PM »
Oh lord!  The Coast Starlight/Empire Builder will never be the same.  ::)  I'll be going to Seattle via train (Amtrak Cascades), but I'm absolutely baffled why some of you are going to put yourselves through such a laborious journey!   :o

Robert, you'll be arriving at King Street Station (which is currently being restored to it's beautiful origin), to get to the Roosevelt is easy.

Exit the station on the upper level, walk across the street to the International Station (I think that's what it's called), proceed down the escalator and board the light rail to Westlake Station. 

Easy Shmeezy!

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Re: travelling to Seattle via train
« Reply #22 on: December 16, 2010, 12:59:47 PM »
mark

the Coach Starlight departs Redding @ 315A.  
robert

We will have taken over the train by then, hell it's highly likely that one of us will be driving. We will be the train with the pink banners reading "AMG or Bust". Just drop your bags and make your way to the Bar Car (our base of operations).

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Re: travelling to Seattle via train
« Reply #23 on: December 16, 2010, 01:20:53 PM »
This could be the long awaited sequel to Priscilla, Queen of the Desert... instead of a bus across Australia, a train on the Pacific Coast!

Gary
Diagnosed Oct. 2005
10/05:  367 (26.2%), 24556 VL
01/06:  344 (24.6%), 86299 VL
04/06:  374 (22.0%), 87657 VL
05/06:  Began HAART 05/15/06, Combivir/Kaletra
07/06:  361 (27.8%), 1299 VL
10/06:  454 (32.4%), 55 VL
01/07:  499 (38.4%), UD
02/07:  Switched to Atripla 2/8/07
04/07:  566 (37.7%), UD
08/07:  761 (42.3%), UD
06/08:  659 (47.1%), UD
01/09:  613 (43.8%), UD
07/09:  616 (47.4%), UD
01/10:  530 (44.2%), UD
07/10:  636 (48.9%), UD
01/11:  627 (48.2%), UD
07/11:  840 (52.5%), UD
01/12:  920 (51.1%), UD
07/12:  857 (50.4%), 40
10/12:  UD
01/13:  710 (47.3%), UD
07/13:  886 (49.2%), UD
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Re: travelling to Seattle via train
« Reply #24 on: December 16, 2010, 03:30:44 PM »
This could be the long awaited sequel to Priscilla, Queen of the Desert... instead of a bus across Australia, a train on the Pacific Coast!

Gary

I can just see all of you wearing get ups like this.   ::)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DJC-ECU8IE

Lord the Pacific Northwest will never "survive"  IMHO

RAB   ;D

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Re: travelling to Seattle via train
« Reply #25 on: December 16, 2010, 07:18:38 PM »
Maybe I will fly to California and pick up the train in SF or Oakland as well.  Something to think about.

Jody (who gets restless if the ride is longer than 90 minutes!!! ;)

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Offline Lou-ah-vull

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Re: travelling to Seattle via train
« Reply #26 on: December 16, 2010, 07:51:15 PM »
Jody,

At Oakland, you get on the train around 8 pm.  It is still a little over 24 hours to Seattle.  The cheapest room is $345 but I don't know if I can handle sleeping in a train seat (I was not able to sleep in a plane seat going to Europe in October.)

Gary
Diagnosed Oct. 2005
10/05:  367 (26.2%), 24556 VL
01/06:  344 (24.6%), 86299 VL
04/06:  374 (22.0%), 87657 VL
05/06:  Began HAART 05/15/06, Combivir/Kaletra
07/06:  361 (27.8%), 1299 VL
10/06:  454 (32.4%), 55 VL
01/07:  499 (38.4%), UD
02/07:  Switched to Atripla 2/8/07
04/07:  566 (37.7%), UD
08/07:  761 (42.3%), UD
06/08:  659 (47.1%), UD
01/09:  613 (43.8%), UD
07/09:  616 (47.4%), UD
01/10:  530 (44.2%), UD
07/10:  636 (48.9%), UD
01/11:  627 (48.2%), UD
07/11:  840 (52.5%), UD
01/12:  920 (51.1%), UD
07/12:  857 (50.4%), 40
10/12:  UD
01/13:  710 (47.3%), UD
07/13:  886 (49.2%), UD
01/14:  985 (46.9%), UD

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Re: travelling to Seattle via train
« Reply #27 on: December 16, 2010, 08:23:38 PM »
jody.....i hear it's a beautiful ride. My suggestion is to fly to OAKLAND....train to Seattle...then fly back from SEATTLE to NYC.  I think one way on the train is sufficient.  Like I said, it's a beautiful ride in the NW and you'll be with good company.

I say OAKLAND (EMERYVILLE) because that's where the actual AMTRAK station is.  AMTRAK does not stop in SF.  The Amtrak connection in SF is a bus that takes you across the Bay Bridge to the train station in Oakland.  I'm not sure but you can probably take BART or even an AMTRAK bus directly from the airport to the train station.  The train departs Emeryville around 9P so you should have no problem making the connection.   Ask AMTRAK.  They should know.  

Also, it's usually cheaper to fly into Oakland than to SF.

This info is pertinent for any of you thinking of flying into the Bay Area to catch the Party Train.

Oh, and don't worry about old RAB and his being so uppity about train travel.  Ever since his episode with the pink undies, he's never been the same.

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Re: travelling to Seattle via train
« Reply #28 on: December 17, 2010, 09:28:35 AM »
 The train sounds like great fun.  No more long bus rides for me, I once went from SF to LA when I lived in California and the bus was full, all seats taken when an old lady decides to get on in Glendale or some other town north of LA.  Anyway she walks to the back, no one has gotten up for her, and says she has a funeral to attend and looks right at me with doe eyes.  I didnít willingly get up, I just sort of levitated out of the seat, suffice it to say I stood from Glendale to Oakland, about 400 miles, sitting only when someone went to the bathroom.    :D

She had a funeral to go to and I had young men to see in San Francisco who I didnít know yet (I was 24 and no one knew from AIDS).  Next time I take a long bus ride Iím closing my eyes !!!

The trip sounds like fun though for the price Gary quoted I might just sit in a regular seat for 24 hours.
And I can see myself dropping ice cream or soda in Seattle, ruining the beauty of the Pacific northwest and hearing RAB say: ďOh no you donít mister!!!Ē  I can just hear it now.  Canít wait to hear that sweet man and see everyone else again.

Hugs, Jody  :)

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Re: travelling to Seattle via train
« Reply #29 on: December 17, 2010, 04:46:45 PM »
You all are scaring me now -- I doubt that Amtrak will ever be the same after this train ride is finished........
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Re: travelling to Seattle via train
« Reply #30 on: December 17, 2010, 05:43:55 PM »
You all are scaring me now

AND FOR GOOD REASON!

Just sayin! 

RAB   ;D

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Re: travelling to Seattle via train
« Reply #31 on: December 17, 2010, 10:59:51 PM »
Brain fog on bad bus trips (which is why I love trains)...Most of my bad experiences were in the 70's and '80's when alot of things seemed to be really chaotic and breaking down.  The old woman who boarded outside LA didn't want to sit in the back row so when the driver asked I agreed to (stupid me) ;).  She thanked me profusely.  No wonder- the bathroom smell for 7 hours was pretty bad and I figured the old woman must have travelled buses and knew better!  Live and learn. ;)

Standing room was the late, late bus out of Philly back to NY for a weekend trip during my college days in the '70's.  Construction, traffic and the usual delays made the 2 hour trip a 4 hour one.  My back felt broken after that to be sure. There have been other bus bummers to be sure, the train is luxury by comparison.

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Re: travelling to Seattle via train
« Reply #32 on: December 18, 2010, 12:42:48 AM »

Robert, you'll be arriving at King Street Station (which is currently being restored to it's beautiful origin), to get to the Roosevelt is easy.

Exit the station on the upper level, walk across the street to the International Station (I think that's what it's called), proceed down the escalator and board the light rail to Westlake Station. 

RAB   ;D

The restoration of King Street Station has been going on for, oh, about fifteen years now (with the upper-level exit semi-permanently closed), so don't hold your breath for Grand Central.  I will post more on its condition as next August approaches.

But yes, from King Street Station climb up to Jackson Street, cross east along Jackson to the International District Station, and take light rail underground to Westlake (Pine between 3rd and 4th Aves.), and then east on Pine to 7th.  Or take a cab.

Taxi Dog, the Piroshky bakery, Jack's Fish Spot, Emerald City Smoothies, Three Girls Bakery, and the other wonders of Pike Place Market await you.  Oh, and hundreds of tourists yelling into their cellphones:  "Harry!  Come quick!  They're about to throw the fish!  The fish, Harry!  They're going to throw the fish!"

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Re: travelling to Seattle via train
« Reply #33 on: December 19, 2010, 02:05:46 PM »
Taxi Dog, the Piroshky bakery, Jack's Fish Spot, Emerald City Smoothies, Three Girls Bakery, and the other wonders of Pike Place Market await you.  Oh, and hundreds of tourists yelling into their cellphones:  "Harry!  Come quick!  They're about to throw the fish!  The fish, Harry!  They're going to throw the fish!"

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LOL!

Ah yes the attraction of those merchants throwing the salmon around.  I never did quite understand that one.   ::)

RAB   ;D

Who can't believe King Street station is still under renovation. 

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Re: travelling to Seattle via train
« Reply #34 on: December 19, 2010, 08:08:14 PM »
Can we eat the salmon?

I'll have mine lightly tossed with a side of quinoa, fresh, lightly steamed asparagus, perhaps some lightly steamed summer squash and a niece tossed salad of spring greens, tossed with the juice of one lemon and a pinch of kosher salt.

I'm hungry already.

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Re: travelling to Seattle via train
« Reply #35 on: December 19, 2010, 09:12:11 PM »
I'm intrigued by the flying to Oakland thing. I've had two train trips that I remember (one was to Central Mexico and it was a big hot mess, best way to describe it online.) Amtrak from Texas to Chicago was scenic but it seems they turned the A/C on wayyyy cold at night (it was June) then came around selling blankets. And for that, I would highly recommend a sleeper.

Can a couple share some type of sleeping arrangements? Are there bunks? Does each passenger pay full fare? Not sure how that works...but it sure sounds romantic!

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Re: travelling to Seattle via train
« Reply #36 on: December 19, 2010, 09:41:01 PM »
Can we eat the salmon?

I'll have mine lightly tossed with a side of quinoa, fresh, lightly steamed asparagus, perhaps some lightly steamed summer squash and a niece tossed salad of spring greens, tossed with the juice of one lemon and a pinch of kosher salt.

I'm hungry already.

HUGS,

Mark

Me too D'YUM love that Salmon, I' d eat it every day Mark, if I could afford it, but twice a week is good enough tho............I'm hungry too     ;)
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Re: travelling to Seattle via train
« Reply #37 on: December 19, 2010, 10:05:26 PM »
Ok, if I can find a cheap fare and a train that leaves from the bottom of the South Island then I'll see you in Seattle.

Oh, and it would have to be a sleeper, I'm guessing it would take me about two weeks to get there.. ;D

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Re: travelling to Seattle via train
« Reply #38 on: December 19, 2010, 10:19:34 PM »
Ok, if I can find a cheap fare and a train that leaves from the bottom of the South Island then I'll see you in Seattle.

Oh, and it would have to be a sleeper, I'm guessing it would take me about two weeks to get there.. ;D

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Jan, it takes like a week just to cross the US by train, I can only imagine how long it would take to get to Seattle from where you live by train! Somehow I think it might be a little longer than two weeks!

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Re: travelling to Seattle via train
« Reply #39 on: December 20, 2010, 11:51:06 AM »
I ran some numbers

From NYC to SEA roundtrip:  $492
From NYC to Oak with return from SEA:  $460
Amtrak from OAK to SEA:  $102  SEAT ONLY

NYC-OAK-/SEA-NYC  $562

AUS-SEA ROUNDTRIP:  $372
AUS-OAK-/SEA-AUS:  $288 (seems incredibly low)
AMTRAK FROM OAK TO SEA:  $102

AUS-OAK-/SEA-AUS  $382  SEAT ONLY

Roomette from OAK to SEA is $164 extra.  You can divide that by 2 if you're willing to share.



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Re: travelling to Seattle via train
« Reply #40 on: December 21, 2010, 01:01:07 AM »
For those who have wondered, I have traveled to Los Angeles by train (a few years ago), and to the Boston AMG.

That was a three-day trip from Albuquerque to Boston, and I had a great time. There were a few delays, usually caused by freight trains, or, in one instance, flooding.

But it was part of the adventure.

It is not the type of travel someone who is impatient would enjoy, or someone who is in a hurry.

But it is the A No. 1 way to unwind and see this country of ours that I have found. I don't have to drive, so I get to see the countryside. I get to have cocktails if I desire, and the food was pretty good. I had an especially good baked trout one night.

Just remember, if you travel coach, you have to pay for your meals. If you get a sleeper, they are included.


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Re: travelling to Seattle via train
« Reply #41 on: December 21, 2010, 11:07:53 PM »

I'll have mine lightly tossed with a side of quinoa, fresh, lightly steamed asparagus, perhaps some lightly steamed summer squash and a niece tossed salad of spring greens, tossed with the juice of one lemon and a pinch of kosher salt.


Asparagus won't be in season in August, but so much else will be that you won't miss it.

http://www.seattlefarmersmarkets.org/ripe-n-ready/produce-calendar

Salmon is lovely.  Try the halibut, too.

Whose niece is going to toss the salad?  Or is it a Niece-wahz salad?

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Re: travelling to Seattle via train
« Reply #42 on: January 10, 2011, 09:27:39 PM »
I've never been on a train before, but I would love to meet up with other members in Oakland and take the train trip. 
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