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September 9th 2019
Published: September 9th 2019
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Our trip has begun. The train left Edmonds just a couple minutes late. There were no empty pairs of seats together, but the attendant helped and we are happily seated together now. The overhead storage was a bit too short for my pack, but it makes a fine ottoman for Natalie.
We rode right along Puget Sound all the way to Everett, then headed east with a stop at the Everett station. We'll pull into Leavenworth about 8:00.
The scenery has been fantastic, though with rain and overcast. We did check out the view through the back window along the water, and it was something special. A picture would have been a good idea, but we didn't really have a good view for a photo.
The eastbound leg parallels highway 2, and has some really nice views of the Skykomish river. After we emerged from the longest railroad tunnel and as we approach Leavenworth, the moon has made its appearance through the clouds. Pretty spectacular.
Throughout the trip so far, we are at least a little surprised how quiet the ride is.
I was dozing as we pulled into Leavenworth when I felt a bit of a bump. The train had stopped and the stop woke me. It was a very short stop, then I noticed poles go by the window. It is amazing how little sensation we feel when the train starts and stops; we only notice the motion when the train is moving already.
I'll close this day as we are about to leave Spokane after our Seattle train and the Portland train have been joined for the rest of our trip to Chicago.

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