A little progress report.
Easiest planning of all time, cuz Alice did the heavy lifting. I only had to come in near the end (things not final yet) to exercise my prerogative as the superior being to render verdicts: Yes, No, Maybe So. HAHAHA!!
Making of reservations will commence shortly, and may result in changes, but the rough outline at this point:
Coast Starlight, L.A. to Portland, layover. Empire Builder to Chicago, layover and activities. Capitol Limited to Pittsburgh, layover and activities. Pennsylvanian to Altoona, layover and activities. Altoona to Boston for the Gathering. No reservations for this segment; decide on the fly.
Post Gathering: Boston to New York, layover and activities. Adirondack up from NY, layover, Adirondack back to NY, layover. Crescent to Atlanta, layover and activities. Resume Crescent to New Orleans, layover and activities. Sunset Limited to L.A.
Once the Amtrak reservations are in place my work kicks in: Lodging arrangements for the layovers. We're working together on activities.
The entire sojourn as penciled out is almost a month.
And that's the story up to now. All in all, a nice loop trip variant.
Edited by WhoozOn1st, 28 February 2009 - 10:42 AM.