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Empire Builder with Grandson

Trip of a Lifetime

by Rad Jones

Oakland, Michigan

On August 24th we left Seattle on the Empire Building to Chicago and then onto Pontiac, Michigan. This was the first time my grandson had been on a sleeper. We went first class and he slept in the top bed.

My grandson is nine years old. The excitement on his face as we left King Station is one I will not forget. Eating in the Dining Car and talking with other diners was a great education for him.

It was a great trip, great Amtrak crew, and a great time for us to spend together. It is a trip we both will remember for a lifetime.