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vRAIL continued from page 7 Riding the rail was so much easier than flying Wubben said. Passengers can walk between trains and the seats are much more comfortable than airplane seats with more leg room. The dining car had great meals and excellent chefs, the meals were served on tables with white table cloths. Riders could also bring their own beer if they wanted to or go to the Lounge Car for burgers, fries and a glass of wine or other snacks and drinks. The floor-to-ceiling windows in the Observation Car made for a birds-eye view of the scenery and swivel seats made it very comfortable. There were always other travelers to visit with and throughout the trip a couple older gentlemen talked on speakers about the parks the train was traveling through or pointed out points of interest like waterfalls, lakes, passing towns and what fruit grew in the area. Occasionally, the train would stop for a half-hour or so in a town and passengers could stretch their legs. For the people who live in the Northwest, lots of passengers rode the rail from one community to another and the train made several stops. She remembered one time she was told they were traveling 40 mph but in the evening, the train sped along at 80 mph. There were 32 cars in the train for that trip and at one point, they dropped two private cars off. A porter told them it was some celebrity who owned two cars with all their own amenities, didn’t mingle with other passengers and hooked up to the train for a ride to wherever. Some excitement happened during the ride Wubben said when a man was forced to leave the train. He rode in another car with a comfort dog but Wubben wasn’t sure he was comforted. The staff found him plugging the toilets with the soap dispensers and security guards were communicating with each other on walkie talkies. All of a sudden, he was yelling and running and came into Wubben’s car. The police boarded, hand Train station at Williston, ND. cuffed him and pulled him off the train. Wubben boarded at 11:30 am one day and they arrived in Seattle the next day about the same time. They rented a car and drove to her friend’s daughter’s home and stayed in a cabin closer to the ocean. “My favorite stop was Mt. Rainier because I realized photos just do not do it justice,” Wubben said. “You’re right there to see how massive it is, the bright blue of the sky and the white snow caps.” Wubben admitted she will travel by rail again. With the price of her round-trip ticket being around $200, it’s hard to refuse. The service was excellent, passengers didn’t have to deal with airplane security and scans. The porters took care of everyone’s luggage and coolers were welcome. Wubben thought maybe one could have brought a bike. It won’t be hard for Wubben to find a place to go next time. vBy Linda Wuebben Denise Wubben at Mt. Ranier. BUSY. BUSY. BUSY. BUSY. BUSY. Rhonda L. Wesseln, Agent Yankton, SD 57078 Bus: 605-665-4411 www.rhondainsuresyou.com rhonda@rhondainsuresyou.com 0901038.1 8vHERVOICEvJANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018 Life insurance shouldn’t wait. Even though life is busy, take a moment to reflect on what’s most important. For peace of mind, protect your family with State Farm® life insurance. Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there.® CALL ME TODAY. State Farm Life Insurance Company (Not licensed in MA, NY or WI) State Farm Life and Accident Assurance Company (Licensed in NY and WI) Bloomington, IL.

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