Taking the Amtrak Adirondack Train from Montreal to NYC

Wow, I fell behind on blogging. This last 1.5 months has been crazyI got married, I got LASIK, I launched a Kickstarter campaign for a learn-to-code book I’m writing (funded!), I prepped for and flew to Montreal for PyCon 2014 to teach a three hour class on the same content as the book, then trained to NYC for a few days of back-to-back meetings for my day job, then the last couple weeks has been finishing up the KS campaign, work, work, and more work.

Phew.

I did manage to have some outdoor adventures while I was out. Rather than fly to NYC, I opted to take the train, which sounded simply fabulous. I’ve never been to the North East of the US before, and imagined rolling through forests and greenery.

Taking the Amtrak Adirondack Train from Montreal to NYC (1)

However, winter hadn’t quite left that area yet (I was thinking as a Californian with all the spring we have over here) — the lakes were iced over, the trees bare, and patches of snow everywhere — so it wasn’t quite the green beauty I imagined, but still a lovely ride.

Taking the Amtrak Adirondack Train from Montreal to NYC (2)

Taking the Amtrak Adirondack Train from Montreal to NYC (3)

I will refrain on mentioning the three hour delay and new engine our train needed halfway through the trip. Nor the dismal microwaved food (Amtrak, get on that.) Anyways…

Taking the Amtrak Adirondack Train from Montreal to NYC (4)

Short video to showcase the train ride above. Surprisingly, the border crossing was swift and easy. Definitely will take Amtrak again, it was much more fun getting work done on a train than on a plane!