you are a brave lady Jag wanting to take a train to DC! I took a train as part of a vacation a few years ago and it was the train experience from hades!
A few years ago, my wife and I went on a vacation to California, actually I was stationed at Mather AFB in Sacramento California, back in August 1969 to July 1971! I was 18 when I first got there and I was a Lab tech in the base Photo Lab. A few of us guys in the Lab use to go up in to the foot hills around Placerville and we got to know several logging families up there and they kind of adopted us and took us in on the weekends.4 or 5 of us young GI's became part of a few families up in the foot hills. Honestly those were some of the best days of my life! Anyway fast forward to Sep 2005 a bunch of us that were in that group back then all met out in California, and had a reunion. Those families up in the foot hills around Placerville that took us in,well some of the families had children not to much younger than what we were! those children are all grown up and married and have children and some grand children of there own. Anyway Gail was like a little sister to me back then and my wife and I stayed with her and her husband for 10 days and we had our reuniion and we went to Lake Tahoe together and had dinner on the paddle boat going across the lake, and we gambled at the casinos and we went to SanFransisco and to Fishermans Warf and to the Red Wood forest, and we all just had a great time! It was so strange to be back with these guys that I was stationed with some 36 years earlier, and to go and be with those logging families that took us all in so many years ago. Gails mom still called us her Air Force Boys! Of course we have all aged and changed quite abit, when you haven't seen someone in over 35 years it is amazing how much a person can change but yet still is somewhat the same! I still keep in contact with all of them we were suppose to go on a cruise this last March, but I had to cancel out because of everything going on! Anyway we are now all talking about going to Hawaii sometime late next year. Only one other person in our group besides me made a career out of the Air Force and he was from Hawaii and still lives there, and we are all going to go see him and his wife. So I guess that will be my next vacation! I just hope I will be able to make the trip!
When we went out to California we flew out of Chicago and flew back, as soon as we got back to Chicago we got on a train and went to Omaha to visit our Daughter. ( I know I know why didn't we just fly to Omaha from California and then back to Chicago?) Long long story there but let it suffice we just could not make the connection! anyway the train that we were on from Chicago to Omaha was the Cailforinia Zepher and the car we were in had problems the air conditioner was stuck on high and we all froze to death on the trip, the train ride took 6 hours longer than what it was suppose to! We sat for over 4 hours in the middle of no where for unknown reasons! Coming back we were suppose to leave at 5 AM in the morning we didn't leave Omaha till 10 AM and we were suppose to get to Chicago no later than 3 PM we didn't get there till 11 PM I will never ever ride another train! They are unrealiable, uncomfortable, and pretty rude to their travelers too! I had always wanted to try doing the train thing and now that I have I will never ever do it again! But that was just my experience!
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