Mr Unhelpful on the front desk must have had a good sleep last night because he sort of made it to polite this morning when I checked out and asked him to call a taxi for me…

I must admit, I didn’t sleep the best – could have had something to do with setting my alarm on my iPad and forgetting that for some reason the time hadn’t changed over … (oops)

Anyway – I made it to the train on time – got treated like royalty because it was a business class booking. Had a lounge to wait in with free coffee/tea, cold drinks and nibbles and then were walked out to meet the train! Special or what? Oh, we had a lounge car to sit and watch the scenery from too, you know – one of those ones with the windows that wrap over into the roof …

Our conductor caused a bit of concern during the afternoon when he announced that the railway was closed from Sacramento on due to the Californian bushfires reigniting … a couple of the passengers nearly had heart attacks! One of them went in to total meltdown- tears etc… a few panicked and booked flights from Sacramento to Seattle. I couldn’t be bothered! I figured it wasn’t up to me to work out how to get us to our final destination, we had paid Amtrak to do it. In the end it all worked out and the line was re-opened in plenty of time …

The scenery along the way was beautiful – it changed quite dramatically from lower California to the top!  I couldn’t believe the amount of motor homes and caravans just pulled up on the roadside… their (USA) rules must be very different to ours (WA).

At least these ones were in a car park!

The other thing that gobsmacked me was the huge volume of oil wells – even in the city. This is just a tiny portion of this field … and there were heaps of fields!

Oil wells …

Apologies for the poor photos- they were taken through the train window, which could do with a good wash!

As the sun went down we were speeding along near an inlet or lake or some sort of water course – it was beautiful and the bird life was abundant!

Water and birds – beautiful

and the final for the day 😊

Sundown