Riding Amtrak’s Coast Starlight train from Seattle to Sacramento.
The Iron Goat Trail near Washington State’s Stevens Pass explores the tragic history of the 1910 Wellington Avalanche, which claimed 96 lives when a gigantic avalanche hit two trains. This U.S. Forest Service trail follows the old route of the Great Northern Railway high on the mountainside, and passes through historic tunnels and an old snow shed that is nearly half a mile long.
While suffering from grief after loss of a loved one, I decided to head home via Amtrak’s Empire Builder, which crosses America from Chicago to Seattle. On board, I found the passing landscape and fleeting friendships of the journey to be immensely satisfying in my time of sorrow. This post describes the experience.