Here are some more pictures from our time on the train. This one was taken not long after we left Union Station in LA, somewhere up in the valley. Porter and I were sightseeing, while Matilda had put on the shower cap she found in our train bathroom (party!) and was settled in with a new comic.
Look at this lovely table in the dining car! I think this exact view on our first train ride north is what made Tim and I fall in love with the trip so much, many years ago.
The waitress offered to snap a family shot over dessert.
The kids were giddy about playing on these bunk beds. It was as good as a playground on the train.
This train route is the only one with a parlour car and almost makes me never want to take any other long train ride. The parlour car has great viewing windows, cushy seats for relaxing, a cabinet of games to pass the time, and an attendant to bring you coffees. I am sold. There is also a movie theater downstairs where the kids and I watched Brave while Tim attended the daily wine and cheese tasting. To be fair, he gave me a shot at the wine on our first train afternoon.
At many of the stops we hopped off to stretch our legs, see the scenery and sometimes even throw a snowball!
Porter was a little under the weather on our second day of train riding so we got to nap. It was actually a pretty nice sick-kid experience because the room attendant brought my meals to the room and I got to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery while Porter dozed on and off for most of the day.
More napping and reading.
One meal in the dining car Matilda made a friend and they passed notes to each other all throughout the meal. It was so sweet and made them both really happy. "Do you want to be friends? Circle Yes/No"