Mom, son are all aboard for a cross-country train ride

October 25, 2015

ABOARD THE CALIFORNIA ZEPHYR — The train conductor gave a surprised start as he checked our tickets.

“What possessed you to do that?” he asked, staring at us.Website Insert Perfect Answer copy

It wasn’t the first time my 9-year-old son and I had gotten double-takes on our coast-to-coast rail trip. But it was the most amusing, coming from an Amtrak employee, no less, and a fitting conclusion as we approached our final destination in the San Francisco Bay area, after five days of train travel that began in Orlando, Florida. All told, we’d covered 4,124 miles (6,637 kilometers) of railroad track.

“Better you than me,” the conductor said as he headed down the aisle.

Our eTicket told the basic story. We’d boarded Amtrak’s Silver Meteor in Orlando in time for a late lunch; chugged up to Washington, D.C.; enjoyed several hours at a National Building Museum exhibit the next day, spending a long layover in a sea of plastic balls; hopped on the Capitol Limited to Chicago; strolled around the gloriously sunny but not-so-windy city a day later; then climbed onto the California Zephyr for the part of the journey my train-loving son anticipated most — back-to-back nights on the same train.

Read the full Associated Press story in the Tulsa World by clicking here.


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