I was out today on a beautiful almost springlike day on the Lava Flow Trail at Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, doing my twice weekly volunteer ranger stint interpreting the site to visitors. I meet some of the coolest people out there - In three years of doing this, only a scant few I would say that I disliked. In addition to talking about volcanic activity, I give information on other National Park areas, and have even given out info on the Alaska Ferry. One nice couple today was from Tucson and the gent was a retired military man and they have lived there for ten years. I said I was in Tucson last spring, having gotten off the train from Chicago before taking Greyhound back home. They were incredulous.....there is a train that stops in Tucson?????? They had no absolutely no idea that such a thing existed and were unaware of the train station, which is a large building. They were familiar with the Hotel Congress across the street. So I gave them a whole rundown on the Sunset Limited and where it goes and also the Southwest Chief. They were wide eyed with wonder and curiosity! I know many people are often aware that Amtrak exists, but this chat kind of floored me. For the past several months here in Flagstaff the local National Public Radio station, KNAU, has been running very nice ads for the Southwest Chief, even mentioning " savory " meals. ( Really, savory? You will get fed, folks. ) This is certainly a good thing but I am not sure if Amtrak is the instigator of these mentions on NPR.