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Later today I am going on my first-ever overnight train trip.

[livejournal.com profile] dimakoi and I are taking a sleeper car from San Jose to Albany, OR. We'll be spending Thanksgiving weekend with her mother and sister.

As I prepare for this trip, I have started realizing how ill-equipped California living has made me for spending time in colder climates (ones that have real seasons). We're expecting weather around 48F (around 4C) during the day and 32F (0C) at night. Silicon Valley, by comparison, is around 72F (22C) during the day and around 59F (15C) at night. We only have two "seasons" -- wet and dry.

I haven't been to a true winter climate in many years. Even New Jersey in November wasn't all that frigid. I am trying to locate the boots, long underwear, and winter gloves I haven't worn in years (in some cases, decades). I've written up my packing list.

I will miss my annual Indian food pilgrimage, but at least we'll be going out for dinner, which means I don't have to eat turkey. (I've already checked the menu of where we'll be eating.) I won't be able to take Lady because Amtrak doesn't allow dogs (sigh), but I'll likely be reinforcing the training of [livejournal.com profile] dimakoi's sister's standard poodle (which, thankfully is not named "Peppy"). I especially want lots of layers because I expect to be doing lots of dog walking (something I don't get to do with She Who Does Not Like To Be Walked).

I will also be doing some cooking, much to the relief of [livejournal.com profile] dimakoi's sister, who was afraid she'd be spending all weekend cooking for us. I don't usually get to cook for an "audience," so I am very much looking forward to this.

There isn't a lot to do in Lebanon, OR, but I figure I'm fried enough that I won't care.

Now if I could just calm down enough to sleep....

Date: 2015-11-24 09:32 am (UTC)
ext_73044: Tinkerbell (Salem Professor)
From: [identity profile] lisa-marli.livejournal.com

Our Family has done this trip several times. If you get there at the right time, be sure to enjoy Mount Shasta. It is gorgeous this time of year. Stay warm and travel safely.

Date: 2015-11-24 04:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] figmo.livejournal.com
That's exactly what [livejournal.com profile] dimakoi has been telling me.

Date: 2015-11-24 10:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] osewalrus.livejournal.com
Have a wonderful holiday.

And welcome back to the land of seasons. I find them bracing. I missed fall when I lived in Israel.

Date: 2015-11-24 10:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dimakoi.livejournal.com
Don't worry Lynn... I've done this trip many times... And, have borrowed my share of warm clothes from family members... But, I'm,with you... I can't sleep... I'm looking forward to seeing sunrise over Mt. Shasta again... and I'm not a morning person... except on the train.

Date: 2015-11-24 11:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dimakoi.livejournal.com
Don't worry Lynn... I've done this trip many times... And, have borrowed my share of warm clothes from family members... But, I'm,with you... I can't sleep... I'm looking forward to seeing sunrise over Mt. Shasta again... and I'm not a morning person... except on the train.

Date: 2015-11-24 08:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] carol-kitty.livejournal.com
Have a safe trip. I love train travel.

Date: 2015-11-24 09:08 pm (UTC)
filkferengi: filk fandom--all our life's a circle (lj--made by redaxe--filk fandom)
From: [personal profile] filkferengi
What fun! I'm glad you have both a good trip & great company to look forward to.

Date: 2015-11-25 03:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hillarysherwood.livejournal.com
Amtrak is now allowing small dogs on the Northeast Regional train. Maybe if that goes well, they'll allow them on trains system wide.

Date: 2015-11-25 06:20 am (UTC)
howeird: (How Elephant)
From: [personal profile] howeird
Love that trip, especially the part through the Oregon Cascades when there is snow on the trees. But Albany is in the valley, its climate is pretty much the same as Seattle's.
Edited Date: 2015-11-25 06:20 am (UTC)

Date: 2015-11-27 07:13 am (UTC)

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