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Old 01-28-2013, 04:02 PM   #61
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Old 02-07-2013, 10:33 PM   #62
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Soooo, soooo sorry I have been delinquent on this TR. I finished my PP photos and am just waiting for the rest of the people in my group so I can get my copies. I'm halfway through my personal photos ... so realistically, I won't be starting this TR until late next week.

but I'm having a blast going through the photos -- wish I was there now!!
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Old 02-07-2013, 11:59 PM   #63
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Soooo, soooo sorry I have been delinquent on this TR. I finished my PP photos and am just waiting for the rest of the people in my group so I can get my copies. I'm halfway through my personal photos ... so realistically, I won't be starting this TR until late next week.

but I'm having a blast going through the photos -- wish I was there now!!
No worries

Looking forward to seeing all your pics.

I bet!!!
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Old 02-09-2013, 05:19 PM   #64
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I subscribe, then people can dawdle all they want, and I still catch everything when life happens and a trip report gets delayed a bit. As it is likely to happen at times with the best of us... along with the rest of us.
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Old 02-15-2013, 09:39 AM   #65
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I subscribe, then people can dawdle all they want, and I still catch everything when life happens and a trip report gets delayed a bit. As it is likely to happen at times with the best of us... along with the rest of us.
Sounds great! Ready to start now.
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Old 02-15-2013, 09:47 AM   #66
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Sounds great! Ready to start now.
Yay! Looking forward to this one!
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Old 02-15-2013, 10:07 AM   #67
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AutoTrain to Disney!!

Today is Saturday, January 12th and we are finally going to Disney World!! After all the holidays and cold weather and sicknesses, we are soooo ready to go.

This is the 10th Autotrain trip (one way) for Rachel and me and the 8th for Jerry and Elizabeth. We definitely are liking the Autotrain!!

So we leave at our usual time around 12 noon and drive to Lorton, VA arriving around 12:45pm. However, there is a LOT of traffic and it is totally blocking Lorton Road, a main intersection to enter the station as well as to get on I-95. We have never encountered this much traffic before and my first thought is that 'something' has gone wrong. This is more than just heavy traffic, although our train is also full.

After an hour of waiting on the side of the main road, we are able to check in and inquire what happened.

Unfortunately, the northbound train from FL only arrived at 12 noon (3 hours late), Amtrak is short staffed b/c of the rampant flu going around and the Coach Lounge car broke down along the way and they were not able to fix it but had to off-load that train car before allowing any new passengers on board.

So 300+ people arrive to get off the train right as 462 people start arriving to get on the train. UGH!!

While waiting to board, we ate sandwiches in the terminal and Elie played with the other kids. Rachel slept on the floor ...hmm, what is up with that?

I give great KUDOS to Amtrak -- they did an awesome job moving everyone and everything around and we actually left on time! We went straight to the lounge car to claim a booth.

What a relaxing way to travel!! Elie and me


Rachel and Jerry


I mean, can you really beat this -- spread out in a booth, drink some wine or 3, play games, watch scenery.


Oh, and did you check out my lovely nails?! Yes, I got them painted a fire engine red (or hot sexy red as Jerry calls them!). I did a gel nail this time which was supposed to last about 2-3 weeks. We'll see...

This is the part of the trip that is so fun!! I mean, as we look out on I-95 and see the traffic or the bad weather or imagine ourselves cramped on a flight or in our vehicle, we are always so thankful that we are on the train. This is really fun!!

Or so we think ...

As we are playing games, snacking and talking ... Rachel announces, "my stomach hurts. I feel like I'm ...."
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Old 02-15-2013, 11:46 AM   #68
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WOW, that is a lot of people to get off and get on. Glad they did a great job and got you off on time



Looks like you enjoyed that wine


Oh no, your cliffhanger does not sound good
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I loved flying as a kid but it no longer tempts me (I swear the seat space has gotten smaller while I have gotten larger), however I keep thinking it'd be cool to take a train to Yellowstone. This is the second TR I've read where someone takes the autotrain, both of which make trains look great!

Except for that cliffhanger part.
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Old 02-16-2013, 09:14 PM   #71
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OH NO... the dreaded "I feel like I'm..."


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Old 02-16-2013, 11:19 PM   #73
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Uh oh! Those are not promising words. When you said Rachel was sleeping I wondered.
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:40 PM   #74
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WOW, that is a lot of people to get off and get on. Glad they did a great job and got you off on time
I was really surprised. Thought for sure we were going to be late!

Looks like you enjoyed that wine
Yes, I always look forward to that wine!!

Oh no, your cliffhanger does not sound good
It's not...

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I loved flying as a kid but it no longer tempts me (I swear the seat space has gotten smaller while I have gotten larger), however I keep thinking it'd be cool to take a train to Yellowstone. This is the second TR I've read where someone takes the autotrain, both of which make trains look great!

Except for that cliffhanger part.
I definitely recommend the train at least once if you can. See for yourself if it works for you. I'd be open to doing a longer train trip, too.

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Uh oh! Those are not promising words. When you said Rachel was sleeping I wondered.
I should have realized from when she wasn't playing with her sister and the friend...
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:48 PM   #75
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Cont'd - Autotrain to WDW

"Mommy, my stomach doesn't feel good and I thinkI am going ... to throw up -- and bleugh! At least I was quick enough to grab a little box and everything was 'contained'. So we clean up the area and go back to the room to rest.

After a rest, Rachel is feeling better but I admit, I'm not happy. I know it's not her fault or anything but I'm just DREADING that we are all going to be sick on vacation and it'll just hit us one by one until we are all knocked down.

However, we go to dinner (we won't let Rachel eat anything) and then it's early bed for everyone.

At this point I am praying for Safety and Health for our family. Rachel said once she was able to get everything out, she felt much better.

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