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From Seattle to LA, and back again, on the Coast Starlight

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Around the time September became October, I found myself on Amtrak’s Coast Starlight route between Seattle and Los Angeles. Riding the rail is one of the most honest forms of transportation. Freeways are modern constructs designed for speed along sheltered corridors away from the population, and you have to keep your eye on the road. Compare this with rail, where lines were laid in a different time, and then cities and towns grew up around them. You can observe, appreciate, and investigate the terrain as it continuously drifts by. Trains run along industrial sections, old water ways, and the communities ‘down by the tracks’. One passes through agricultural and wilderness interspersed with urban and rural. In rail travel we get a deeper look into cross-sections of history and humanity. We meet new people, and with very limited wifi, not much room to wander, and a day and a half’s travel, we also get the opportunity/challenge of meeting ourself more. This doesn’t happen that often in our busy 24/7 connected lives.

 

Travelling down nearly the whole length of the United States’ West Coast by rail is a spectacular thing. I greatly enjoyed the service and the views, the thoughts and the journey.

 

And since I am the Photography Editor here at Wandering Educators, it isn’t too surprising that I took pictures.

 

My train journey starts one morning in Seattle (after catching an Amtrak coach from Vancouver, British Columbia much earlier that morning)

My train journey starts one morning in Seattle (after catching an Amtrak coach from Vancouver, British Columbia much earlier that morning)

 

Puget Sound

Puget Sound, part of the Pacific North West’s Salish Sea.

 

Fall leaves from the train

Washington's Forests Changing Colours Before My Eyes

 

Ages and Eras: The Passage of Time

Ages and Eras: The Passage of Time

 

 Scrap Metal and Grain Elevators

Scrap Metal and Grain Elevators

 

It’s Raining in Portland

It’s Raining in Portland

 

Everyone’s Got Somewhere to Be

Everyone’s Got Somewhere to Be

 

Green Growth in the Misty Lands

Green Growth in the Misty Lands

 

Going Round the Bend in California

Going Round the Bend in California

 

Creations and Expressions

Creations and Expressions

 

Waves and Layers

Waves and Layers

 

A Slow Farewell in Process

A Slow Farewell in Process

 

Stories Never Known, Often Seen

Stories Never Known, Often Seen

 

Overhead They Soar

Overhead They Soar

 

Hiding in the Shadows

Hiding in the Shadows

 

Coming to a Salad Near You

Coming to a Salad Near You

 

Goodnight Railway Reflections

Goodnight Railway Reflections

 

A Misty Morning in Oregon

A Misty Morning in Oregon

 

Water and Wires

Water and Wires

 

Passing the Past

Passing the Past

 

Snowy Surprise

Snowy Surprise

 

Savouring the Sights

Savouring the Sights

 

 

 

 

Jordan Oram is the Photography Editor for Wandering Educators.

He has a passion for encouraging and empowering others to realize the combinations of their unique passions and strengths. In April of 2012, with $250 to his name, he travelled more than 10,000 km, over 8 months, across Canada and back, to encourage people to rock out their awesomeness. Find him at www.maplemusketeer.com

 

 

 

All photos courtesy and copyright Jordan Oram

 

 

 

Travelling down nearly the whole length of the United States’ West Coast by rail is a spectacular thing.

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