Sunday, February 8, 2015
February 8, 2015: 44 Years and 20 Bucks Later
Driving rain, blowing wind, Dad and good friend Brian Ambrose attempt to take shelter under an umbrella. We had splashed our way from Auburn up into the foothills of the Cascades to catch an empty grain train at Palmer Junction. We had spent part of the morning in town watching trains, but when a grain empty left the yard for Stampede Pass, we decided a chase to Kanaskat was in order.
Lucky for us, the train showed up before the rain penetrated through our coats and shirts.
As the train roared past and around the corner, Dad and I remember back to a time almost 44 years to the day when we had come to the same spot. Our goal was to photograph the Burlington Northern's version of the famed North Coast Limited. We parked the family wagon on the road, within yards where we parked this day. We hiked around the corner, just beyond where this shot was taken and climbed up on the hillside above the curve.
Like this day, it was only a short wait before the train came around the bend and headed up the Green River Gorge. Our goal attained, we called it good and went back to the car. During our short absence, the soft shoulder of the ground had given way, and the rider's side of the car had settled to the frame. We were stuck.
Lucky for us, just across the tracks and down in a little hollow was a single wide trailer house whose owner had a Jeep. Not only did he have a Jeep, he loved roaring around the countryside in his Jeep. Dad told him of our predicament, and in an instant he fired up the straight piped Willis and dispensing of such formalities as a driveway or road, came flying straight up the embankment surrounding his yard, spun a couple of "brodies" on the dirt Tacoma Watershed road, then backed up to our listing station wagon. A few quick tugs and we were on our way, the owner of the Jeep obviously disappointed it took such a minor pull.
As Dad and I were recounting the tale to Brian, Dad laughed, "that guy got my last 20 bucks."