by Rick Mueller
North Bend, Washington
Before my wife and I got married in 1989, we decided to make a round-the-country tour onboard Amtrak for our honeymoon. We both enjoy riding and thought that would be a great way to start our life together. It was.
Our two weeks would include these routes: Seattle to Chicago via Denver, Chicago to Boston, Boston to Washington DC, DC to New Orleans, New Orleans to Los Angeles with a stop in Phoenix, Los Angeles to Portland, Portland to Seattle. Sleepers on all except New Orleans to Los Angeles and Portland to Seattle.
The old Pioneer departed on time from Seattle but two hours out of Portland got stuck for eight hours behind a freight train stuck in snow, with other snow delays to come. So, we were nearly a full day behind getting into Chicago. Our First Class sleeper tickets got us flown from Chicago to Boston to catch up to our original schedule. A quick dinner in downtown Boston then on board the night train to DC. Most of the day in DC to see the Smithsonian, then back on board headed to New Orleans. An overnight in New Orleans and some great food, then a pleasant ride to Phoenix where we stayed for three days and two nights. A quick connection change in Los Angeles and onward to Portland for one night, then home to Seattle.
Except for the delay and airplane ride, it was all wonderful and we were treated exceptionally well.