Greg Wilson

Greg Wilson

Happy Holidays! ’Tis the season to be with family and friends. Here in the Wilson household, we’d been planning to welcome my oldest son and his family for Christmas. However, our unsettled weather, which would have made their drive from central Oregon quite challenging, plus the fact that someone my son was counting on seeing just contracted COVID, caused them to postpone the trip. Fortunately, we just saw them, albeit briefly. Last week, my wife and I took a trip to the Pacific Northwest.

COVID has made travel planning trickier for everyone, and our trip up north was no exception. Although we could have driven, we instead chose another, often overlooked option: a sleeper compartment on Amtrak’s Coast Starlight train.

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Doug North Central

Thanks Greg for this encouraging "take" on travel by rail. We need to recognize and protect and preserve rail transit in all forms. If it wasn't for a cross-country train ride when I was a kid in Indianapolis lucky enough to be training with his parents on the way to a professional convention in San Francisco (Cow Palace!!), I would never have experienced San Francisco. Needless to say, I fell in love with it and headed West as soon as I finished college. Have not left California since. All thanks to trains being valued as travel alternatives and funded adequately.

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