We took the train to Boston, and flew back. Amtrak on the east coast is a real delight. The seats are big and comfy, the train was never really crowded, the snack bar is a couple of cars away and the train lumbers slowly but steadily along. It was early November - the peak of leaf season. In the 8-hour train ride from DC to Boston, I spent at least 6-hours watching the countryside glide by. Someplace north of New York City, we were wandering along the coast and went through a coastal fog in the middle of the afternoon. Granted the flight home took half the time, but the plane was packed, the seat uncomfortable and tiny. For the train I picked up my boarding pass from the automated machine, showed my ticket and ID to get on board and that was it. With the plane I had to check in the machine, wait in line at the counter to check a bag, only to be told I needed to go to another counter to check my bag, then take off my shoes, belt, glasses, jacket, empty EVERYTHING out of my pockets and go through the automated strip search machine to get on the plane. If you are on east coast and you can spare the extra couple of hours, take the train.
So this Penguin walks into a bar in Boston, stop me if you have heard this one, the bartender looks up at the penguin and says, "just what we need, another bird that thinks he can fly, don't the Celtics have enough problems?"
Well, here I am at the Palace Gates this summer, on my way for a visit. It was great fun, a little big and drafty, but the staff was every so nice. I am off on the road, railroad that is in the morning. We are taking the train from DC to Boston, I have never been to Boston. Should be fun, but DG has far too much work to do in far too little time. Talk to you soon,