The travel begins.
An hour to Charleston, then 9 hours by Amtrak to Washington. My first train journey in the US and it was nearly full. I can recommend sitting in the dining car – bigger windows, a table and OK coffee, although sadly not the silver service which one chorister had mentioned.
Two days in Washington gave me chance to catch up with dear friends Andy, Kitty and the boys (always high energy). Pictures below include warm-up for a gurning competition, and a visit to Mount Vernon (home of George Washington and his grist mill / distillery).