I made it home from Portland on Wednesday, but lost another day trying to catch up with the work the piled up while I was away from home. All in all, I’m reasonably happy with Amtrak’s Seattle-to-Portland line (“Amtrak Cascades”)–they were 15 minutes late on the southbound leg and 45 minutes late on the northbound leg, but that’s not any worse then I’d expect if I was driving. It’s a bit more expensive then paying for gas, but I get 3 or 4 hours of my life back; all in all it seems like a fair deal. Their business-class seats even come with power outlets.
So, I’ll probably stick with the train the next time I need to head to Portland.