SEATTLE, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008 — I had never taken the train to or from Portland before, so I was interested to see how it would go. After a two-night stop in the Rose City, near the end of my rail trip to Michigan and back, I was ready to get home to Seattle. It involved a three-hour ride over land I knew well, but seeing by rail a route that I had driven many times was a lot of fun and the time passed quickly. I rode business class on the Amtrak Cascades, and it was similar to that aboard the Wolverine — lots of room and a mostly quiet clientele. No kids.