Hopefully people will see that my blog is once again up and running!!! It has taken months to fix the glitch and many calls to Weebly.
I love to write and the inability to share my thoughts and experiences these past months has been awful….BUT back to the drawing board. I promise I won't complain about it anymore. Heaven knows there are things far worse than not being able to share in the written word.
We've had a non stop couple of months, yet if you asked me to be more specific, I'd say ….hmmmmm, well, let me think. Time goes by so quickly the older we get.
Jim and I were fortunate to have an "amtrak adventure" in May. It was our first (and last) adventure on a train. We rode from Chicago to Seattle (51 hrs) in a sleeper room (room??) complete with bathroom (well, one has to define or re-define "bathroom"). I mean I have a problem equating a cubby hole with a toilet and a shower head above it as a bathroom. I mean were we camping or what??
The sleeper consisted of a pull out couch (which, when pulled out eliminated any chance of walking in the room….moreso, one had to kind of leap from bed to floor) and a top part that folded down to make a bunk. Now I am 5'1" and my husband is every bit of 6' +. Common sense would have been for me to be on the top bunk and him to be on the lower bed. Well, he decided to reverse it. I laughed so hard I was in tears. But he wasn't laughing (we always laugh a lot on our adventures). Needless to say I had to stifle my snickering. It was rather difficult, though, when I had to climb up the metal ladder to attach the "harness" designed to keep passengers from falling out of bed (actually they would have just been dangling in the hammock style harness). In order to go into the "bathroom" luggage had to be moved because with the "bed" pulled out there was no room for luggage except in front of that door.
It could have been an episode for the I Love Lucy show. (the second night we both managed to sleeper on the lower "bed."
But we met many interesting people…..who ONLY take trains and in all the places throughout the world. Needless to say we were rather amazed at this. I guess they have no intention of checking it off their bucket list.
We arrived in Seattle and it was beautiful. For three nights we stayed in a B & B that was incredible. Looked out onto a beautiful lake and it was like a suite of rooms with a fully stocked kitchen, a huge whirlpool tub, comfortable bed and chairs…..awesome. Our final destination was San Francisco, so we were able to visit all the national parks along the way…..beautiful, truly God's creation. We were surrounded by waterfalls, quiet forests, lakes, mounds of snow, babbling brooks, mountains, brilliant sunsets, even a beach. Breathtaking!
When we arrived in San Francisco we were staying on a Boat B&B….except there was no B (breakfast). The first floor of the boat was amazing. It had been a restaurant at one time, polished wood floors, comfy couches and pillows. And the crew was delightful. After arriving the owner lead us to our room (down the stairs of one of the narrowest staircases I've ever seen…..with all our luggage). When the proprietor opened the door to our room we stood there holding our breaths (both of us were silently thinking "how soon before we can get back on the train"). The enormous bed took up all but maybe 3 feet of the room. AND, it was too high for me to reach. So Jim had to hoist me up every time I got in or out of the bed. His feet dangled when he sat on the side of the bed. BUT it WAS one comfortable bed. Once again the "bathroom" consisted of a toilet with the shower head over the toilet.
We had a great time in San Francisco for two days. Then it was time for the return trip on the California Zephyr. This time we were on the last train so the clickety clack sound was replaced by what sounded like a semi driving under us.
Ah, yes, adventures…..and you know what, we are grateful for the opportunity to have that time together. Enjoy every moment you have on the adventures of your life…..crowded rooms or not, each is a blessing.