Northern Lights Spotting


The AMTAK Empire Builder run from Minot, ND to Minneapolis, MN covers a lot of prarie in its 9 + hour run. Some of the landscape may be quite interesting - maybe even colorful once the spring growth takes hold. I wouldn't know. The route is an overnight run.

Tonight there was a trace of Aurora Borealis arcing along the northern horizon -- an animated curtain of filmy white looking like a waterfall in the sky phasing in and out of focus.

The wheelchair accessible cabin span the width of the car. Its esthetic appeal is nonexistent.

The toilet -- seat up and bowl gaping as we entered -- is the first thing you see in this combined bathroom/sleeper. The curtain available to divide the room bisects the doorway when drawn so cannot be used to hide the WC from anyone entering the cabin. Hospital mentality.

The convertable seat/bed was surprisingly comfortable to sleep in even for someone six feet tall.The attendant, Reggie from Seattle, had to set the bed up because the conversion is not designed for indepence of the travler with a disability. Fortunately, service was excellent.

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