Train thru Rockies and Wedding in Des Moines

Other than a hurting leg, the trip is going smoothly. I left Eugene at 5 p.m. Tuesday July 15th on the Coast Starlight train and arrived on time at 6 a.m. in Sacramento. I slept in coach. An hour walk for breakfast and I was on the CA Zephyr train in a sleeper for the two night ride to Osceola Iowa. I arrived two hours late, but just in time to catch the 10:40am local bus for an hour ride. After a 1.5 mile walk I was in my hotel in downtown Des Moines Iowa with enough time to rest before the wedding rehearsal at the Rose Garden. I gave away the bride Ana at a 5 p.m. wedding the next day and joined the reception dinner at the Thoreau Center.

See photos below:


Heated Seats in Sacramento Train station


View from window as train rode along Colorado River


Train entering tunnel in Utah


Ana and Mark’s Wedding Moment


Ana with Mother Judith


Ana and me


Ana with Marc and his parents


Quote from Thoreau on wall at wedding reception

Now, Monday morning 11:30 a.m. July 21st, I am off to catch a megabus to Chicago to make a connection with the 9 p.m. Lake Shore Limited train to New York City to visit with a nephew and two good friends.


2014 Summer Train Trips Across 2 Countries

July 15, 2014

Heading east from Oregon on a number of Amtrak trains for a wedding in Iowa and another in Vermont.

August 4, 2014

Returning home by Canadian trains from Montreal to Vancouver BC and finally Amtrak to Eugene Oregon

Current planned stops include:

Sacramento CA, Osceola and Des Moines Iowa, Chicago, New York City, Boston, Ogunquit Maine, Rye NH, Burlington Vermont, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver BC and Seattle.

I plan to add one or two posts per week about my experiences with the people and places I encounter along this journey.

Please stay tuned.








June 2014: NCAA, Portland Pride and BACH Festival!


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There will be a kick-off of Portland PRIDE 2014 at City Hall Tuesday June 10 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Oregon’s Governor Kitzhaber will speak at 5:30 p.m. 

After attending the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at the University of Oregon’s historic Hayward Field on Wed, Thurs and Fri (June 11-13) and then a performance by the Tibetan Monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery (Sacred Music Sacred Dance for World Healing) at Eugene’s Hult Center on Friday night (June 13), I will take the Saturday morning Cascades train to Portland to attend the 20th anniversary of Portland PRIDE (June 14-15.) It includes a festival in Portland’s Tom McCall Waterfront Park (Noon to 6 p.m. Sat and Sun) and a parade (11 a.m. Sun) through NW downtown Portland.

You can find more information about Portland PRIDE at and a map of the parade at

Also, a friend and I will be attending a performance of the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus (centered on the music of Cole Porter) at the Arlene Schnitzer Auditorium (“The Schnitz”) on Saturday evening and the rock musical “Lizzie” at the Portland Center Stage on Sunday evening. 

You can find more information about the chorus performance at

You can find more information about the rock musical at





On Thursday June 26 I will be attending  a performance of the Oregon Bach Festival: “Monteverdi Vespers” and then on Saturday June 28 another performance by the “Canadian Brass” at Eugene’s HULT center. See more on both of these performances at

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The Ultimate Jumbo Turns 80 Today!

Sol Gittleman turns 80 today June 5, 2014.

I attended Sol’s German class in 1964. His was the one class I remember best these fifty years later. It was highly interactive (in German) and filled with both kindness and humor. Ten years later, in 1974, I made my first trip to Europe (solo backpacking) and his class inspired it. I saw Sol only a few years ago in Portland Oregon. His smile and engaging personality were as vibrant then as it was fifty years ago. Thanks, Sol, for being one of the key professors who made me so glad to have attended Tufts.


Welcome. My blog is now called: Journeys of a Heart!

With several hours of help from a friend, I have migrated my blog from Blogger to WordPress. Using a new theme, I have categorized all 150 earlier posts into those categories listed on the left. Now blog readers may more easily choose particular kinds of posts to read. Another reason for this change is to make “commenting” on my blog easier for readers. Please follow my blog by clicking on the follow button and comment on my posts as you wish.

As you may have already noticed, I have changed the title of my blog from “Reflections by Larry Leverone” to “Journeys of a Heart” ; as a result the url (web address) is now