To celebrate my birthday and upcoming retirement, I booked the May 10th trip of the Amtrak Northeast Regional train to Roanoke with private car Moonlight Dome (ex-B&O) on the rear. Culinary highlight of the trip was a 4- or 5-course meal (I lost count!) and a port tasting session after supper.
Needless to say, the scenery was commendable, especially as we approached the Blue Ridge. We had a mix of rain, misty clouds, and clearing night skies to complement the train ride.
Since rooms were booked and expensive in Roanoke with college graduations happening, I stayed just one night and returned on the Moonlight Dome the following morning with breakfast aboard. Patches of cloud shrouded the landscape so much so that as we exited a tunnel and trestle after leaving Lynchburg, it seemed we were riding on the clouds ! Neat.