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#21 RalphCT

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Posted 04 October 2017 - 03:29 PM

Big snow storms can interrupt travel via the Empire Builder. This past storm was most severe out on the Highline near Havre where power poles were brought down. But the storm has cleared and typical fall weather is in the forecast. Hopefully all Empire Builders will return to an on time condition soon.


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Posted 04 October 2017 - 03:37 PM

If you want to SEE what it looks like in Montana right now, here's a link to the Dept of Transportation road conditions website:

http://roadreport.md...travinfomobile/

You want to look along US 2, an east/west highway in the northern part of the state. Essex (Izaak Walton) is the camera that partly covers the name "Columbia Falls". Click on the camera, then on the right arrow, to see the cam (strange system). It looks like it HAS snowed at Two Medicine (Glacier), but mostly melted. Air temp is currently 47°, so the snow won't stick around long.

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Edited by oregon pioneer, 05 October 2017 - 06:08 PM.

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Posted 05 October 2017 - 04:17 PM

Yes, we had a good snowstorm last Monday October 2, 2017. But it has since warmed back into the 40s and 50s so much has melted away. Typical fall weather here in Montana.  :)


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Posted 09 October 2017 - 01:41 PM

More snow up there today--expecting 15 inches, but I'm assuming they can clear that with no trouble. I am leaving this evening, and we will go along that beautiful Columbia River, then split at Spokane, so I'm assuming we don't get to Glacier National Park til overnight or even morning? The snow is supposed to go east by then.

 

There's supposed to be some snow on the plains, too, but snow on flat ground is what I'm used to, so that won't bother me. If we get stuck, maybe the cows in ND can come and help push the snow away. It would be a nice enrichment activity for them, since the poor things looked really, really bored out there staring into vast space with nothing much to look at! :P

 

By the way, for those of you who think I am a total wimp for being scared of mountains, I went through mountains in California yesterday and was just fine. I think because they had lots of trees on them (beautiful fall colors!) and looked welcoming instead of forbidding. Plus, it's hard to be panic-stricken when you're having lunch in the PPC and being served a lemon citrus tart for dessert. :)


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Posted 09 October 2017 - 02:19 PM

I was wondering how you would do through the Cascades. I suspected the trees would help.
The EB does not split in Spokane eastbound. 8 & 28 will be joined there. I wouldn’t worry about the snow - they’re used to it up there.


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Posted 09 October 2017 - 02:25 PM

Sounds as though you're having a good trip.

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Posted 09 October 2017 - 05:27 PM

Hope you get to see Glacier in Daylight and Wildlife in the Snow as you roll across thw Big Nowhere!😊

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 04:19 PM

AmtrakBlue--you were right, of course--I forgot they would be put back together again!

 

Rail Freak--Thank you! Yes, I am having a great trip, and the PPC was a highlight for someone from the east coast!

 

Jim Bob D.--I want to trade in my first prize. :P (It does feel weird that I'm still traveling while you all are discussing the next Gathering!)

 

To all of you who were so patient with me being afraid of mountains: on the return trip, I made myself look, and you were all right--it was beautiful! Leaves changing, and just ribbons of snow left, on a gorgeous sunny day. For some reason, it was a bit better going east than west.



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Posted 13 October 2017 - 01:58 PM

I would love to travel the Empire Builder during the winter, but besides the snow, how is the daylight? I would imagine a lot of the ride is in the dark.



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Posted 13 October 2017 - 02:07 PM

We saw all of Glacier National Park in the daylight going east, but that might be different with shorter days.



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Posted 13 October 2017 - 04:11 PM

I would love to travel the Empire Builder during the winter, but besides the snow, how is the daylight? I would imagine a lot of the ride is in the dark.

 

The best scenic memory of my Winter trip on EB was the dark travel en route to Spokane after leaving Everett, WA.  It was snowing during the most of that route once we were in the Cascades (rain before and when we left Seattle).  It was difficult to make myself to stop viewing the scene and get some sleep!  Simply beautiful!!!!!



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Posted 13 October 2017 - 07:40 PM

Is that what the extremely bumpy part that felt like a roller coaster down the Shore was? The Cascades? Whatever it was, I was glad it was in the dark both ways, because that was actually the scariest part of the trip. I had no idea where we were and just pulled the covers over my head and hoped we would stop zooming around and up and down.






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