Siracusa, Friday 11/02/11: We happily recommend taking the Amtrak Cascades train to travel to and from Seattle-Vancouver BC (always adding the BC to Vancouver, to signify the one in the Canadian province of British Columbia, there also being a Vancouver in the State of Washington USA, south of Seattle.
We had come south on Amtrak, but at a time when the route was served by bus rather than rail, not quite as pleasant. We were on the Cascades to go north. It's nice to be able to move around on the train. And nice to go sit in the buffet car for morning coffee.
I reported in the last entry that the sun shone. Only briefly. Nevertheless there was a dark spectral beauty outside the windows, of country houses on damp ground in this top corner of the USA, of water coming almost to the track, of the infrastructure of arrival in Vancouver. Let photos tell the story.