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Such Interesting People

A Hobbit's Adventure

by Paul Carroll

Joseph, Oregon

I had the occasion to travel from Orlando, Florida, to Los Angeles, California, and then north to Portland, Oregon, what a wonderful trip. I would never fly again, given my d'ruthers.

On the Sunset Limited across the South I spent an interesting trip with the chief surgeon of the Delhi hospital of India. My background is in emergency, pre-hospital care, so we had a common interest in medicine, but the different viewpoints in the everyday affairs is what fascinated me.

On the Coast Starlight, a school program for English Commonwealth children was taking a dozen or so teenagers from England, New Zealand and Australia, on a summer vacation across the United States. While the kids were very polite, they were having a great time. Europeans don't fly as much as we Americans do; most frequently, they travel by rail. When they visit us in the United States, they tend to stick to a familiar mode of travel. The result is that every meal in the Dining Car introduced you to interesting and colorful people and a casual cocktail party to meet new friends.

The result is that every meal in the Dining Car introduced you to interesting and colorful people and a casual cocktail party to meet new friends.

There are some trade-offs with rail travel, time being the biggest factor for me. While Amtrak has priority within an hour of its schedule, delays will set you back, so do not assume that you will be on time. For me though, the ride is the adventure and a vacation all by itself. Great accommodations, good food and service, all intended to get you to your destination. I enjoy it so much that the trip is the destination.

I'm headed to the Club Car, would you like a drink?