Goodbye California, see you in a few months! I just got off an 18 hour train to Portland. What a sweet ride... Didn't have to travel far for a Bloody Mary. Did you know they serve steak on the train and you can reserve a sleeper room??? This is my new favorite method of transport (besides backpacking, of corse). We met two lovely couples around midnight who so generously shared their cases of wine for a sunrise party on the second floor observation car. I'm trying to suck down as many calories as possible and indulge in beautiful company before I hit the trail and am left with oats in solitude. Thank you Amtrak, you are awesome! And thank you aunt Whitney for hosting us in your beautiful city. Onward to Washington.