Pat, Cindy, Joan, and Joan
They were headed
on the Coast Starlight
today to Santa Barbara for this
year's great train adventure. Pat is from San Jose, CA, (Pat's
sister) Cindy from Fremont, Joan from Felton, and Joan from Campbell.
They told me they were school employees and that they had started
their adventures as camping trips to Yosemite. Some of those early
trips were by train also. They reserve a room, even though this is
not an overnight trip, and eat in the diner, "as many meals as possible!"
They used to avoid Spring Break because of the kids on the trains,
but now, with a sleeping compartment, crowds are no problem. We saw
them often, always obviously enjoying themselves, on the train. They
play Mexican train dominos as they clackety-clack down the track. Portolla
Railroad Museum is their local RR museum.
As they detrained in Santa Barbara, I pointed out the Enterprise
Fish Company and that was the last we saw this jovial group. I
gave them my brochure on the McKinley Express, and tour books on Holland
America Tours and hopefully next year their shirts will say, "2004 Alaska
I worked on the Holland America McKinley Express travelogue
on my laptop on the way home