Not long ago, I began my next great adventure: a solo journey of 10,508 miles all without flying. This time I wasn’t bound for Europe or North Africa. My trek began in Central Florida and onto Hawai’i then back again in time to explore the Pacific Northwest on the Columbia River.
By ocean, rivers and rails: Florida to Hawaii and the Pacific Northwest
Along the way, I lost track of posting a daily article. No news stories, none of my own stories, no nuthin’. I’d like to blame it on that Mai Tai in Honolulu or the breathtaking scenery of Mount St. Helens but I can’t. Oh, maybe it was the lack of internet. Yes, that’s it! Right.
I’ve traveled Amtrak’s Silver Meteor from Orlando to Washington, DC and then the Capitol Limited from DC to Chicago. Onto the Southwest Chief to Los Angeles and the Coast Starlight bound for Portland, Oregon.
In between the Southwest Chief and Coast Starlight, I cruised round-trip to Hawaii aboard the Golden Princess. Yes…Hawaii from Florida without flying, thanks to Amtrak, Princess Cruises and careful planning.
Next, a Columbia River cruise from Portland, Oregon
So it was that fifteen days and one new ukulele later, I arrived in Portland to board American Cruise Lines’ Queen of the West paddlewheeler to cruise the Columbia River and Snake rivers.
I will valiantly try to catch up on writing for my blog. But since a picture is worth a thousand words (that’s about the equivalent of two blog articles!) here are some photographs to bring you up to date on some of the highlights I’ve seen, from tropical Hawaii to chilly but sunny Stevenson, Washington.
One more day on the Queen of the West. We docked in Clarkston, Washington on the last day for a jet boat ride on the Snake River.
It’s time to go and pack, for tomorrow would be an early morning debarkation at 7:30am. Onto Spokane via motor coach for my fifth Amtrak train; the Empire Builder to Chicago. More details of my 42-day trip to follow. Hope you enjoyed this short tour.
I’m the editor and creator of CruiseMaven.com, a solo traveler cruising the world on waves and wheels, collecting recipes along the way. I hope my articles and photos entertain, advise and inspire you to travel the world without flying. Take a breath…stop for a local meal and a glass of wine along the way.