Amtrak is a fun ride, even the idea of getting up quite early before
climbing aboard the 5:30am train. The train comes in from Chicago, so
many travelers are sprawled across the wide seats, wearing pj's under
blankets. We chose to sit in the viewing car—the windows extend onto the
roof. Traveling along the Washington side of the Columbia river gorge, provided spectacular views. The river meanders towards Portland
then to the Pacific ocean. Here are a few shots along the way, of the Oregon side.