After a whirlwind cross country trip by rail from Edmonds to New York City, Michael Hall returned by Amtrak, leaving New York City on Dec. 28 (after deciding not to stay in the Big Apple for New Year’s Eve — maybe next year, he says). Hall arrived at Edmonds station the morning of Dec. 31. Here’s a summary of his trip home. (And if you missed his previous holiday-related posts, you can read them here.)
Lunch in the Lounge Car with New York City DJ Ray Perez of the “Rize Together” Music Fests & “DerCas” Record Label. Check out his spiritually uplifting music online…! More on my visit with Ray here.
Patient small-town folks waiting for that “dang” train again….
Taking a lunch ‘Snack’ break in the Observation Car, relaxing, writing and… ‘Observing….!’ Catching up on my blog posts.
Just outside of Havre, Montana.
Here is my typical “Coach” living space on the Amtrak “Empire Builder.” Note: my personal CPAP sleep Machine fits economically under the seat in front of me. And everyone has their own reliable electrical outlet/charging station to keep your electronic devices fully charged 24/7. Quite spacious accommodations actually, when compared to your average seat space on an airplane. My seatmate (to my left) has ample space of his own as well. And you can always get exercise wandering around (on two levels) and hang out in the Dining Car, The Lounge or Observation Cars. All and all, the rails are a luxurious way to travel. And don’t forget, you can even book a private “Sleeper Unit” or a “Roomette,” to stretch out in a comfy bed, and watch the world flow by just outside your window as you slumber through the night to the ‘rhythm of the rails….’
Goodbye Amtrak, and my Whistle-Stop Holiday excursion across America, for 2019’s “Christmas on the Paranormal Express.”
Back home in Little Ole’ “Edmonds, WA “ at my favorite cozy Starbucks, next to the Fountain downtown @ Main Street & 5th Avenue). Warm, Safe and Grateful…..
— By Michael W. Hall
Michael W. Hall, a 1971 graduate of Edmonds High School, is a local attorney who enjoys fly fishing, writing and “all things Fortean.”