Travelogue: Edmonds to Chicago via the Amtrak Coast Starlight, Part 2

Part 2 of 2. Read Part 1 here. Sunday, Jan. 27 Chicago in six hours. We are surrounded with glazed snow, and even the double-glazed windows on the train are letting the cold in. A wonderful night’s sleep, except for half an hour on the roughest tracks I’ve experienced: At one point I almost fell…

Travelogue: Edmonds to Chicago via the Amtrak Coast Starlight

Part 1 of 2 Tuesday, Jan. 22 There are four Amtrak routes across the Western United States.  The northern route, with the Empire Builder, crosses to Chicago not far below the Canadian border, and passes through Glacier Park, beginning and ending, if you will, in Seattle, which means it very conveniently passes through Edmonds both…

Highway 70, Glenwood Canyon (YouTube)

Travelogue: From sea to shining sea

One more day until we dock at Southampton. I’ll spend a day in London to catch up with friends, and then head north for a week in a rented flat in York, a town I’ve only briefly visited before. The ship’s crossing is comfortably quiet. I’ve gladly slipped into a nice rut of a routine,…

Travelogue: Despite attack, British carry on

London, Sunday, Sept 17 Today’s Seattle Times headline reads “UK makes ‘significant’ bomb arrest but attack seems imminent.” “Attack seems possible” is more the mood here: We were in London when the attack occurred, but didn’t learn about it until we read it in the news. And judging by the usual Saturday night crowds, no…

Travelogue: A return trip to London by ocean liner

If it comes to Edmonds versus New York – give me Edmonds every time! I’ve been waiting to say that for several days. Actually, I’m in mid-Atlantic, half way to Southampton aboard Queen Mary 2 on a trip that is going to take in London, the Faroe Islands, the Shetlands, Oban and Iona in western…