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Kevin's Coast to Coast Hobby Shop Adventure

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Posted by rrebell on Sunday, May 5, 2019 6:10 PM

You have to like fish and then you have to like salmon.

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Posted by Southgate on Sunday, May 5, 2019 7:17 PM

I'm glad you made it over to the Redwoods. I hope you found it worth the detour. Pictures really do them no justice, you enjoy the experience in the moment.

I'll check out the shop in Roseville this fall. 

Keep 'em coming!

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Posted by tstage on Sunday, May 5, 2019 8:26 PM

rrebell

You have to like fish and then you have to like salmon.

Yep, on both counts.  And I feel sorry for those who don't.

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Posted by ATLANTIC CENTRAL on Sunday, May 5, 2019 9:39 PM

tstage

 

 
rrebell

You have to like fish and then you have to like salmon.

 

 

Yep, on both counts.  And I feel sorry for those who don't.

Tom

 

Really? We are now going to comment on each others taste in food?

Well, you don't have to feel sorry for me or anyone who is less than fond of fish/seafood.

I grew up, and still live here, in the Chesapeake Bay region, and I grew up on seafood.......my mothers family was in that business. We always had a feezer full of fish, jumbo shrimp, lump blue crab meat, soft shell blue crabs, etc.

Summer was always full of steamed Chesapeake Bay Blue Crabs........I grew up watching them get steamed by my grandfather and uncle.

But now that I am a grown up, and can pick my own foods, seafood of any kind is pretty low on my list. I do like a few fried shrimp with my steak at Red Lobster from time to time, but it's really not important.

But, as noted earlier in this thread, some of us live to eat, others eat to live. 

Seafoods, fish or shell fish, and the spices and sauces that often go along with it, don't do much for me.

And if I have my father's fragile stomach, not liking that kind of stuff might actually make me live longer. At 62 I already have out lived my father by two years, who passed from heart surgery complications that ruptured a stomach ulser.

To each their own.

If a drink of water does not get the taste out of my mouth, the food was too spicey.......

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Posted by tstage on Sunday, May 5, 2019 10:01 PM

ATLANTIC CENTRAL
To each their own.

Absolutely, Sheldon.

This thread is a mixture of travel destinations, LHSes, train musuems, flora & fauna, and food, as Kevin has posted photos of all those.  To me that means it's open to comment, which folks have been doing all along.

And my comments to Kevin about not eating salmon in Seattle were merely tongue 'n cheek - i.e. a ribbing, more-or-less.  Folks can eat what they want - even if they are different than what I would choose while traveling in a given region.

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Posted by ATLANTIC CENTRAL on Sunday, May 5, 2019 10:17 PM

tstage

Absolutely, Sheldon.

This thread is a mixture of travel destinations, LHSes, train musuems, flora & fauna, and food, as Kevin has posted photos of all those.  To me that means it's open to comment, which folks have been doing all along.

And my comments to Kevin about not eating salmon in Seattle were merely tongue 'n cheek - i.e. a ribbing, more-or-less.  Folks can eat what they want - even if they are different than what I would choose while traveling in a given region.

Tom

 

And I was onboard until the "feel sorry" comment......

    

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Sunday, May 5, 2019 11:10 PM

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What!? No trains in Seattle!

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Sorry, Seattle is a daughter city, and daughters take precedence over trains.

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21 Days of trains, 4 days of daughters.

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York1
Kevin, you were very smart to ride the Monorail to get to the Space Needle.  My wife and I made the mistake of driving to the Needle.

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When we arrived in Seattle, by a miracle, there was an open parking place in front of my daughter's apartment. We parked the Impala there, and I am not moving it until we leave. We have been taking mass transit and Ubers everywhere.

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tstage
You're in salmon country...and you eat southern cuisine???  Nothing against southern cooking (I grew up in the south and love it) but...that's just SO wrong.

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I agree, but my wife had a complete aversion to seafood. When I am with her all fish are off of the menu.

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richhotrain
"Dinner in Seatle without King Salmon, that is simply "lewd, lascivious, salacious, outrageous".

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I agree. I love salmon, and I am missing out.

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blackpowder1956
Kevin, the best place to see trains in Seattle is at the BNSF yard at Interbay.

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There is a slight chance I can make it by as I leave, but no guarantees.

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rrebell
You have to like fish and then you have to like salmon.

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I love them both!

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Southgate
I'm glad you made it over to the Redwoods. I hope you found it worth the detour. Pictures really do them no justice, you enjoy the experience in the moment.

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What you say is completely true. They are magnificent and overwhelming.

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Posted by tstage on Sunday, May 5, 2019 11:51 PM

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tstage
You're in salmon country...and you eat southern cuisine???  Nothing against southern cooking (I grew up in the south and love it) but...that's just SO wrong.

I agree, but my wife had a complete aversion to seafood. When I am with her all fish are off of the menu.

So, Kevin, you're saying you can't even eat seafood around your wife?  That is too bad.

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Sunday, May 5, 2019 11:59 PM

Day 17:

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Short update today. I had no trains at all, no light rail, no street trolleys, no BNSF yard, nothing.

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We went to the Museum of Pop Culture in Downtown Seattle today. I got to pilot a space ship and ride Prince's motorcycle from Purple Rain.

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For dinner I had an avacado, bacon, and turkey club sandwich at a corner pub.

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Then, back at the apartment, my daughter's friend made us a fantastic strawberry shortcake for dessert.

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Tomorrow I am on the road again.

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Posted by SPSOT fan on Monday, May 6, 2019 1:03 AM

So is PF&S going to be a stop as you head east? I guarantee you won’t regret any time spent there!

Regards, Isaac

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Monday, May 6, 2019 11:19 PM

SPSOT fan
So is PF&S going to be a stop as you head east?

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PF&S is my first stop tomorrow morning. According to Google they open at 9:00 AM, so that will be perfect for my scheudle.

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Posted by SPSOT fan on Monday, May 6, 2019 11:23 PM

SeeYou190

 

 
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So is PF&S going to be a stop as you head east?

 

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PF&S is my first stop tomorrow morning. According to Google they open at 9:00 AM, so that will be perfect for my scheudle.

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-Kevin

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Excellent! It’s a great hobby shop! Glad your able to make it!

Regards, Isaac

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Monday, May 6, 2019 11:55 PM

Day 18:

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Back on the road.

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We said goodbye to our baby and now we are on the return trip back to home in Florida.

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The Train Store of the day was Eastside Trains in Kirkland, Washington. This is a beautiful store that resembles an old train station. Most of the stock is Lionel O-27, but there is a small selection of N and HO scales also. I bought a couple of K-Line generators to use as HO scale flatcar loads.

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The we took off for Mount Ranier. Our HUGE MISTAKE was asking the smart phone how to get there. We got sent up a ten mile long dirt road to a closed road and an empty ranger station. We never made it to Mount Ranier state park today, but I did get this picture.

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There was this cute red caboose on display in a Mountain Town we drove through. It is kind of bizarre with standard freight car trucks, AB brakes, and a weirdly mis-shapen carbody. I don't know if it a real caboose or not.

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The Impala is really showing the dity build up of many days and many miles.

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For dinner I had pizza from a local shop in Ellsberg, Washington. This was there house special, and it was very good.

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The adventure will continue tomorrow.

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Posted by SPSOT fan on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 3:24 AM

Your in Ellensburg, so I’d expect your going to head south towards tri-cities tomorrow. On the way to Yakima, go trough the Yakima river gorge. The old NP goes through the canyon and it’s a very scenic ride, even if it’s slower. If your lucky you’ll see a grain unit train in the canyon (though the line isn’t that busy though).

Looking forward to seeing some of my home territory tomorrow!

Regards, Isaac

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Posted by tstage on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 6:33 AM

SeeYou190

Day 18:

The we took off for Mount Ranier. Our HUGE MISTAKE was asking the smart phone how to get there. We got sent up a ten mile long dirt road to a closed road and an empty ranger station. We never made it to Mount Ranier state park today, but I did get this picture.

 

That's too bad, Kevin.  My family and I visited and camped in Mt. Rainier National Park in 1970 when I was 11.  It was the middle of July but the temps at night still went down into the upper 30s or lower 40s.  But - wow! - What a view from the lodge the next morning of Mt. Rainier.  We could see hikers heading up to the top of the peak with binoculars.  Would love to go back there again someday with my wife.

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Posted by York1 on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 7:50 AM

SeeYou190
SPSOT fan What!? No trains in Seattle! .

Sorry, Seattle is a daughter city, and daughters take precedence over trains.

I know exactly, Kevin.  We have three daughters, all living in distant interesting cities.  When we visit, we often spend time just visiting them and the grandkids, and we don't get to see or do touristy things.

Have a great return trip!

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Posted by kansaspacific1 on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 5:37 PM

Kevin:

I'm enjoying it all, from prototype railroads, model railroads, scenery, and yes, even food photos.

I like salmon, too, but my wife cannot stand even the smell of fish.

I prefer my salmon grilled, with just  lemon juice on it.

Be careful, and keep posting.

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 1:47 AM

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Your in Ellensburg, so I’d expect your going to head south towards tri-cities tomorrow. On the way to Yakima, go trough the Yakima river gorge.

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I took a scenic route, not sure if it is the same one you described. I saw some sood scenery along the way.

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tstage
That's too bad, Kevin.  My family and I visited and camped in Mt. Rainier National Park in 1970 when I was 11. 

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Mt. Ranier is on our trip plans for our next trip out west in 2021 or 2023. We will not be fooled again.

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York1
I know exactly, Kevin.  We have three daughters, all living in distant interesting cities. 

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Three daughters is the perfect amount. My life has been made so complete by the three girls. I am sure I was never meant to have a son. Fate worked out well for me.

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kansaspacific1
'm enjoying it all, from prototype railroads, model railroads, scenery, and yes, even food photos.

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Thank you. I am enjoying making these reports each day.

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-Kevin

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 2:06 AM

Day 19:

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This day started out great. I began the day driving to the FP&S Hobby Shop. On the way I stumbled into the NORTHERN PACIFIC railroad museum. This is in a restored NP freight station and passenger station.

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There are lots of pieces of equipment in the "back shops" going through restoration. I love to see this stuff in process a lot more than the finished result. These things all fascinate me.

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Then we drove the rest of the way to FP&S hobbies. If you ever have the chance, you NEED to go to this hobby shop. It is an incredible place to hunt for treasures. Plan to spend at least two hours  in there. The hobby shop building is made of two boxcars with a shed in between. The out-of-production treasures inside are nearly endless. I was in there 90 minutes and spent more than I have at any other hobby shop I visited this trip.

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Inside I found two bottles of Floquil Antique White that I desperately needed. I found three bottles of the impossible to find Floquil Marine colors I wanted. I bought two freight car loads I have never seen before. I bought a lot of other items too, but the paint was the real treasure.

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The compound is also home to Tomar Products. Very good visit.

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The scenery we saw in Washington and Idaho today was great.

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I saw this BNSF freight rolling by a river and managed to get off the highway and take a picture.

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We saw this bird in Idaho. My wife insists it is a Sea Gull, but I don't think so. Idaho is no where near the sea and I think it must be something different. Maybe a Potato Gull?

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In Montana we hit terrible weather. It got very cold an rainy. At mile marker 190 on Eastbound I-90 I hit a patch of ice on an overpass and the car started to spin. I understeered out of the spin, but it was a terrifying 3 or 4 seconds.

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I hope everything goes better tomorrow.

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My wife has been sick of all the Foodie-Food after visiting our duaghter in Seattle, so I gave in and went to Cracker Barrel for dinner. Nothing to write about today.

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Posted by SPSOT fan on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 3:24 AM

I’m glad to see you hit the NP railway in Toppenish (I’m assuming that’s the depot you have, it looks like it. I spend summers about 20 mins from Toppenish but I’ve never been. I hope to see that museum this summer. My grandpa knows the person in charge of the restoration of the NP ten-wheeler there so we’ve been trying to go when he’s there so we can see the engine.

Glad you hit PF&S. There isn’t a hobby shop in the entire side of the state with such a big selection! Need to get there again, but with the internet, PF&S is no longer convenient, being a 2+ hour drive away, even if it is the closest thing to a LHS in the area.

Regards, Isaac

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Posted by York1 on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 9:38 AM

SeeYou190
At mile marker 190 on Eastbound I-90 I hit a patch of ice on an overpass and the car started to spin. I understeered out of the spin, but it was a terrifying 3 or 4 seconds.

Scary just to read about it.  I know it happens so fast that you don't really have time to think.

Have a safe day today.

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Posted by DrW on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 7:09 PM

SeeYou190

We saw this bird in Idaho. My wife insists it is a Sea Gull, but I don't think so. Idaho is no where near the sea and I think it must be something different. Maybe a Potato Gull?

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Very nice picture. And you can easily see why it is called a Ring-billed Gull. It is probably the most common gull in the interior US, away from the oceans.

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Posted by Southgate on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 10:59 PM

I'm lost. Where's the FP&S Hobby shop?

I always get lost when traveling in person, too.

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Posted by SPSOT fan on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 11:25 PM

Southgate

I'm lost. Where's the FP&S Hobby shop?

I always get lost when traveling in person, too. 

It’s PF&S and it’s about 30 mins north of Tri-Cites (Pasco), Washington.

Regards, Isaac

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Thursday, May 9, 2019 12:47 AM

SPSOT fan
My grandpa knows the person in charge of the restoration of the NP ten-wheeler there so we’ve been trying to go when he’s there so we can see the engine.

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I did not see the ten wheeler. It must have been in the shed in front of the tender.

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York1
Scary just to read about it.  I know it happens so fast that you don't really have time to think. Have a safe day today.

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Today was also really bad for driving. Hopefully things get better tomorrow. I was not expecting these winter conditions.

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DrW
Very nice picture. And you can easily see why it is called a Ring-billed Gull. It is probably the most common gull in the interior US, away from the oceans.

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Ah... an INTERIOR gull! I never heard of such a thing. Thank you.

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Thursday, May 9, 2019 1:31 AM

Day 20:

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It was raining or snowing all day, so I never took the good camera out of the car. All of today's pictures were taken with my cell phone camera.

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I started out by visiting the battlefield of Little Big Horn. I could not get out and walk the trail. It was 40 degrees outside and all I had was shorts and a light shirt. I was not expecting this weather.

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Then I stumbled into the town of Gillette, Wyoming. I found half of my railroad! After the mistake naming my railroad 35 years ago, I made it to the city.

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The little white flecks in the picture are snowflakes. It was 33 degrees and snowing when I took this picture. People saw me out there in shorts and a short sleeved shirt and were all pointing at me.

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I am freezing in this picture.

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I need to shave. I hate shaving on vacation.

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In Gillette, Wyoming there was a small museum with some train cars on display including a USRA single sheathed boxcar. I have never seen one of these in person. I almost froze to death while looking at the details.

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We were supposed to go to Mount Rushmore, but wen we reached the turn-off from the Interstate, this was the weather conditions:

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We decided to postpone Mount Rushmore for a later trip. This makes two intended National Parks that we were not able to see this trip.

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I stopped at a place called Al's Oasis for dinner because it was 8:30, and there was literally no other choice in sight.

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This place was a complete tourist trap, but the food was good. I ate a Buffalo Burger.

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I arrived at the hotel to find I am the "Guest Of The Day"! I was upgraded to the "Signature Suite" with a whirlpool, two TVs, two bedrooms, and an office. Too bad I am only here for nine hours.

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It was still a nice way to end a bad day.

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The weather tomorrow morning is supposed to be 30 degrees with freezing rain or snow overnight. We will see what happens.

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-Kevin

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Posted by SPSOT fan on Thursday, May 9, 2019 3:20 AM

I forgot to tell you to hit Deer Lodge Montana, they have a Little Joe, and E8, and a rib side Caboose there! All MILW equipment. I went there last summer in the pouring rain and it was still very much worth it! They even let you in the caboose, though not the Little Joe or E8 Sad. Maybe next trip!

Regards, Isaac

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Posted by Water Level Route on Thursday, May 9, 2019 5:59 AM

SeeYou190
It was 40 degrees outside and all I had was shorts and a light shirt. I was not expecting this weather.

I'm guessing the folks in Montana weren't really expecting it either.  Here in Michigan, it has been a rather cold spring so far.  I'm guessing it's been the same there too.  Still fun to see the sights you have!  Great travelogue.  I think I'm going to be sad when you get home.  When are you going on another one? Laugh

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Posted by SPSOT fan on Thursday, May 9, 2019 7:43 AM

Woah, I completely missed the fact that it was super cold with SNOW in May!

I live overseas at the moment (though I’m from Washington) were it’s currently about 100 degrees out so I often forget how cold it gets in the home country!

Regards, Isaac

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Posted by York1 on Thursday, May 9, 2019 10:44 AM

SeeYou190
The weather tomorrow morning is supposed to be 30 degrees with freezing rain or snow overnight. We will see what happens.

When we moved to Nebraska from New Orleans, we had a blizzard in late April, and we still had snow flakes in mid-May.  Since my daughters had never seen snow, they loved it.

With a daughter in Seattle, you will have other chances to see Mt. Rainier.  It is worth the effort.  Last year we drove up the mountain to Paradise Inn, one of the old log national park lodges.  It was amazing!  Those old lodges, many built by the railroads, are a passion of mine.

Hope your driving is better today.  I think you should be out of the ice and snow today.

York1 John       

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