The Cascades

Amtrak’s Cascades line runs along the North-West coast from Eugene, Oregon up to Vancouver, and is a popular route with people travelling in this area – it seems that even Americans can be tempted off the roads occasionally! In our original plan for the trip we would just have taken it from Seattle to Vancouver, but visiting Portland meant that we got to double our time on the Cascades, and it was really very pleasant.

Cascades train at Portland station

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Surprisingly hilly and no rain at all

Seattle confounded all our expectations from the start, as we arrived on a gloriously sunny afternoon and stared up at the hill rising sharply from the waterfront. I’m not sure why it being hilly was such a surprise, but that was the first thing we both noticed, followed immediately by the fact that it wasn’t raining.

View of Seattle from Capital Hill

It was late afternoon by this stage, so we dropped our bags at the b&b (the delightful Gaslight Inn) and proceeded directly to the pubContinue reading