All aboard…

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It’s an early start for the four hour ‘Amtrak Cascades’ train from Seattle to Vancouver. What a delight. And what a pleasant surprise. The regular economy section is wonderful. Big picture windows, generous and comfortable seats and right next to the buffet car.

For the most part, the train skirts the Puget Sound waterways. With a low tide we observed an unexpected aspect of life in these parts. The mudflats look unappealing at first sight. But not to the locals and I’m sure they find much to enjoy in the many tidal pools.

The train zips past rusting industrial sites and curious wooden buildings no longer needed. Through working ports and right by small bay-side hamlets. With camera in one hand and coffee and sticky bun on the drop down table, it is an outstanding way to make the journey.