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17 April 2013

Amtrak Train Journey from Seattle to Vancouver

 

On Friday I did something very extraordinary and made the trip from Seattle to Vancouver ON. THE. TRAIN.

Of course I used to take trains all the time when I was in Europe, but here on the West Coast (is it different on the East Coast?) trains seem to be few and far between and are a very much mistrusted form of transport.

 

Amtrak Train Seattle to Vancouver

 

You have to time your Amtrak train trip to Vancouver perfectly – the train only goes once a day, though there is a bus service.

 

Amtrak Train Seattle to Vancouver

 

Which is the most tremendous shame, because once on board you are rewarded with the most stunning journey.

The clouds and rain on the way to Vancouver were quietly beautiful, as the train hugged the coastline and seemed to fly across the water, before turning inland past the pastoral idyll of Skagit County.

Amtrak Train Seattle to Vancouver

 

Amtrak Train Seattle to Vancouver Amtrak Train Seattle to Vancouver

 

And then on Sunday I was welcomed back to the US by the most glorious sunset imaginable.

 

Amtrak Train Seattle to Vancouver

 

Amtrak Train Seattle to Vancouver

 

Amtrak Train Seattle to Vancouver

 

Amtrak Train Seattle to Vancouver

 

Amtrak Train Seattle to Vancouver

 

Amtrak Train Seattle to Vancouver

 

Amtrak Train Seattle to Vancouver

 

It really was ridiculously beautiful. Pacific Northwesterners, you have to do this journey at least once.

I’m back in the CreativeLIVE studios once more doing a Lightroom workshop with ace photographer and Lightroom genius Jared Platt. I highly recommend you download this course if you want to get to grips with Lightroom once and for all.

   

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I LOVE Amtrak - I used to take the Empire Builder regularly from Chicago to Whitefish, Montana, starting in Newark, NJ. The train went through Glacier National Park, which was always spectacular and highlight of the ride. I recently took the 'Downeaster' from Portland, Maine to New York - and came back on the Acela, the fast train. Always great. I worked for British Rail when I lived in England, so I do love trains!!

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