Laura Jean here ~ Just joined Travel Long Distance trains about 1-2 trips a year. Have a few LD left on my list to get on. My best friend Scott is the bigger Amtrak enthusiast but I have gotten to the point where I prefer to take the train vs fly anymore. We did about a 6,000 mile loop last summer (Zephyr --> Coastliner --> Sunset Limited) with a couple 2 night stops in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Loved it. The Zephyr route was beautiful west of Denver, and the ocean views on the Coastliner were amazing. Headed out next week on the Lake Shore Limited - coming back on the Cardinal (first time). Cardinal again from CHI - Baltimore RT in September. Looking forward to talking rail travel with you all!