Sunday, September 25, 2005

On a Southbound Train

Pulling into Tacoma station, full of promise!
The view of the Columbia River from the parlor car.
The Columbia River in all its beauty.
Our train crossing the Willamette River in Portland.
The splendid Willamette Valley, Oregon.
The train heads east to the Cascades, avoids crossing the Siskyou Mountains.
Sunrise in the Sacramento Valley.
Giving the right of way to all freight trains, we are stopped long enough to photograph birds.
We finally make it out of the bay area freight traffic, and head south through the Salinas Valley.
The train breaks down just outside of San Luis Obispo. It loses power and we sit in the dark for a little while and watch the sunset.
Ah, leisure world, to celebrate my mom's 80th birthday.

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