Right now I’m on Amtrak’s Empire Builder, hurtling through the High Desert Darkness east of Pasco, WA. Spokane is the next stop, where the two sections of the train meet. It’s been interesting, this whole sleeper car business. For one, I got to use the Metropolitan Lounge, the pre-boarding area at Portland Union Station. It’s one of the few first class lounges in the entire Amtrak system, and it’s in my home town. I’ve known about it for years, but this is the first time I’ve ever been able to use it! Free coffee and priority boarding! Of course, I was maybe 30 years younger than most folks there, but whatever.
And on board I get free coffee and bottled water! Free meals! A shower! And a little compartment just for me, and of course moosemoose. I think I may get spoiled.
It was good and sunny, so a good view as I went through the Columbia River Gorge. Tomorrow it’s supposed to rain as we cross the Rockies at Glacier National Park, so I’ll miss that. But I should be getting the best night’s sleep I’ll ever get on a train!