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4. Riding America's LONGEST TRAIN to Alaska!

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  • DownieLive
    DownieLive  3 ай бұрын +27

    Hey guys! Check out the Postcards & Artwork from this series 👉🏼 tinyurl.com/dhnpshfk

    • panaricanprince
      panaricanprince 25 күн бұрын

      Hey man what song is at 24:48? I’ve tried using soundhound and shazam and nothing comes up. It fits the mood while you’re traveling.

    • bobbybigboyyes
      bobbybigboyyes Ай бұрын

      Fabulous! I'm gonna go on some of these trains when I come out to Missouri ( Tornado Alley ) to be with my American g/f. 😂

  • Pete Rwy
    Pete Rwy 4 ай бұрын +728

    As a locomotive driver I cannot help but thank you from the bottom of my heart for showing the world how wonderful a journey by train is. And I just love how you include friends and family in your videos. So... Thank you!

    • Greyson Bohannon
      Greyson Bohannon 18 күн бұрын

      I’ll be travelling by amtrak for the first time from Arkansas to Pennsylvania. Im scared because the journey is so long, but watching this makes it seem a lot easier compared to flying.

    • Jessica Montecino
      Jessica Montecino 24 күн бұрын

      If it is a multiple day trip how do you sleep?

    • QVEST
      QVEST 29 күн бұрын

      Literally watched this and now I’m taking a train whenever I can’t catch a flight. Forgot They even existed until I ran across this series

    • Brenda Soler
      Brenda Soler Ай бұрын +2

      So funny when Caesar the car attendant tells us KZcliprs to "like and subscribe"! Your Dad is a good sport.

    • Katie
      Katie 2 ай бұрын +2

      I have always been so fascinated with trains and till this day I want to become a driver!!!

  • scorpioqueenxx
    scorpioqueenxx Ай бұрын +1

    this video is so wholesome love the relationship you guys have❤️

  • Brenda Soler
    Brenda Soler Ай бұрын +1

    Your Dad is such a great sport, and I'm certain one of your favorite traveling companions! Love that Caesar the cabin attendant tells us to "like and subscribe".

  • Saavik256
    Saavik256 Ай бұрын +1

    As someone who absolutely loves road & train travel, I thoroughly enjoyed this video. Sadly, since I became wheelchair-bound, I haven't really gone anywhere.

  • Roger Nolter
    Roger Nolter Ай бұрын

    Live the videos. Just found you. Thinking about taking the train from Philly to Miami in February. Your videos are helping in me decide.
    The small beds remind me of my
    Time on submarines. Definitely not claustrophobic and I’m quite small so I look forward to trying them out. Pretty cool

  • Chris Cross
    Chris Cross 4 ай бұрын +682

    For crying out loud… Someone give that fine man, his dad, his mom, his sister and the amazing team behind him an award already!!!

  • Brinstar
    Brinstar Ай бұрын

    Aww this is great. Hope to do something like this with my Dad.

  • Adrienne Jacoby
    Adrienne Jacoby Ай бұрын

    LOVE train travel….LOVE your videos. Grew up with steam trains (I’m REALLY old). Graduated college from ISU in Normal, Il.. We were Normalites. Favorite pastime of high school senior boys was to paint a huge A B in front of the word Normal on the water tower. I tried to subscribe. Not sure if I was successful.

  • Ethan Schmid
    Ethan Schmid Ай бұрын

    So cool that you’re traveling across my current homestate in the Texas Eagle! I wanna try what you were doing someday! From Florida to Alaska by train!!! I can’t wait to do that one day!

  • refUnchecked
    refUnchecked 4 ай бұрын +81

    I have to say, as someone with many hours on Amtrak I really do appreciate the completely, occasionally brutally so, honest reviews of Amtrak. They’re not perfect and have small quality problems here and there, but by god they’re *trying.* They do a real good job at what they do and it never fails to get a smile out of me

  • John Lumagui
    John Lumagui 4 ай бұрын +252

    Yay! It's a Papa Downie episode! We all could take a lesson from his positive attitude.

    • TheShauNanigans
      TheShauNanigans 4 ай бұрын

      @Nonni SuSu There are a lot of episodes that include the rest of his family. You just have to explore his channel a bit and give him more views of his older videos. Then when new videos appear that include them you'll know why we all love the Downies so much.

    • Dan Kelly
      Dan Kelly 4 ай бұрын

      @Nonni SuSu I guess at 76 years old you have to have a sense of humor like dad does hey?

    • Nonni SuSu
      Nonni SuSu 4 ай бұрын +5

      I have fallen in love with Papa Downie! Now I can’t wait to meet Donnie’s mom and the rest of the family!

    • Rick Downie
      Rick Downie 4 ай бұрын +5

      Thanks John….

  • Lance Allen
    Lance Allen Ай бұрын

    I took that same trip in the early 90’s except I took a train from St. Paul to Chicago first. And my destination was Phoenix, AZ It was awesome! I remember going by the book depository in Dallas. Going by Tucson we saw the airplane cemetary where Conair was filmed. I’d love to go on a train trip with my mancrush! Great video!

  • Olivia Z
    Olivia Z Ай бұрын

    Downie, I suggest you take the auto train, because you can bring your car along with you on the auto train, and its really nice of you to include your family and friends in your videos. the Auto Train goes from Lorton VA to Sanford Florida.

  • Jacy Brazil
    Jacy Brazil 4 ай бұрын +138

    I couldn’t love your dad any more! I get so excited when he’s in your videos! I’m currently visiting all 50 states with my parents, they are the best travel companions!

  • RaeTravels
    RaeTravels 4 ай бұрын +51

    This one made me cry. I miss my dad a lot. He was my frequent travel buddy, and he would have loved this trip, and he would have loved your series. Never stop traveling with your dad.

    • grtoocool
      grtoocool 16 күн бұрын +1

      Aww. Much love to you. I watched this and couldn't help but smile and feel sad as well. My dad passed away when I was 14 so I didn't get to spend much time with him. Watching the bond right here with Downie and his dad makes me wonder what could have been for my dad and I as well. So it's great to see others get the privilege to do this.

    • DownieLive
      DownieLive  4 ай бұрын +6

      Sorry to hear that

  • indyracingnut
    indyracingnut 4 ай бұрын +269

    I would give ANYTHING to take one more trip like this with my father.

  • Greg Freier
    Greg Freier 4 ай бұрын +71

    I'm 61 and lost my father 4 years ago. Take advantage of having parents as long as you can. Never know when it's going to end. Another great video. Really make me miss my dad.

    • Guy Fawkes
      Guy Fawkes 24 күн бұрын

    • Li Sev
      Li Sev 25 күн бұрын +2

      Hope ypu are doing ok

    • Greg Freier
      Greg Freier 4 ай бұрын +5

      @DownieLive Keep up the great videos. Really enjoy the train trips. Wife and I are talking about doing a few.

    • DownieLive
      DownieLive  4 ай бұрын +9

      Sorry to hear that

  • Angelica M
    Angelica M 4 ай бұрын +38

    Papa Downie is the kind of genuine, positive energy we need in this world!

  • Jeremy Adler Music
    Jeremy Adler Music 4 ай бұрын +17

    Somebody give Cesar a raise already

  • Avery the Cuban-American
    Avery the Cuban-American 4 ай бұрын +119

    Trust me, spending a few days on the Texas Eagle isn't torture. I'd much rather be on the train than on the longest Greyhound route from Los Angeles to NYC, now THAT is the transport equivalent of Guantanamo Bay. And your dad ain't wrong about the Gateway Arch, it's truly an engineering marvel. Designed by Eero Saarinen, who also designed Washington Dulles International and the TWA Flight Center at New York's JFK (now part of the TWA Hotel).
    Not only is the Arch's design cool, but also the tram inside. A guy (let's call him by his cool surname Bowser) developed with his father elevator equipment that could travel horizontally, diagonally, and normal vertical. By chance, he was in the same room as the Arch's architect and was given two weeks to design and present in front of the team. He knew a normal system wouldn't do, so for the Arch he combined elevator and Ferris wheel elements to create a unique system where a tram of eight elevator pods that by rotating, allows the visitors inside to remain leveled the entire way

    • DCussen
      DCussen 4 ай бұрын

      Love St. Louis

    • Jason Webb
      Jason Webb 4 ай бұрын +2

      I once took a bus from Springfield MA to Madison WI. 27 hours! I was going out there to buy a car and drive it back. It was an epic adventure for a then 19 year old but I would never do it again. 🤣

    • Liion Queen
      Liion Queen 4 ай бұрын +1

      I did greyhound from Orlando to Vegas!! Just as bad!! Lol

    • Valerie Ann
      Valerie Ann 4 ай бұрын +4

      Beautiful write-up Avery! Did you actually ride Greyhound from NYC to LA? If so, my idea to take Greyhound to Laredo is probably a bad idea?
      I love the beautiful trains of Europe and the beautiful trains of Canada that DownieLive has shown us. Every time I've ridden an Amtrak train I marvel at what non-true life forms the owners are, to offer such low class unhealthy, horrible tasting food for extra high prices & uncomfortable seating and accommodations. The owners are below the meaning of "useless eaters". They are comparable to a disease that would destroy all life everywhere, including their own & their low class oligarch friends who do not practise The Golden Rule, if not dispatched with extreme prejudice.
      Also, the Greyhound busses I've ridden on in the US a long time ago, all had such very uncomfortable seats, your body would be hurting on a long bus ride. It's like the owner's of both, are horrible monsters like the pure evil emperor In Star Wars, always striving to torture as many people as possible.
      In contrast, the B class, most inexpensive bus lines similar idea to Greyhound in Mexico, but way, way, way, WAY cheaper, that I took from Mexico City to Nogales, are much, much, MUCH nicer and way more comfortable than Greyhound busses, with much more comfortably designed seats (I think they were all Mercedes busses), with thicker, firm memory foam padding on seats designed with much better posture (Mercedes) and had TV's every other seat playing good movies in English with Spanish subtitles.
      And at every stop, local makers of delicious Mexican sandwiches for about 2 pesos each, would come on the bus selling to anyone who wanted some. You didn't even have to get off the bus. They kept you stocked up via local sweet-hearts all along the way. There's a lot of caring, loving people in Mexico making sure people can afford to eat and live and be comfortable (at very very low prices which is all they can afford, so the things necessary for life are available at very very low prices, but high quality).

  • Rd Bull
    Rd Bull 4 ай бұрын +26

    Cesar may soon become the Stan Lee of DownieLive videos; always the potential for a surprise cameo!

  • Landmark Creations
    Landmark Creations 4 ай бұрын +15

    This series is incredible

  • Tammy
    Tammy Ай бұрын

    I just love your videos I'm trying to get catch up on them

  • CJ Di'Artigli
    CJ Di'Artigli 24 күн бұрын

    I'd take a trip with your dad. The guys cool.

  • Alice & Pearl Jam
    Alice & Pearl Jam 4 ай бұрын +178

    Amtrak cross country as well as Rocky Mountaineer is on our bucket list and every train video you do makes it so much more enticing. Thank you!

    • Revan1231
      Revan1231 4 ай бұрын +2

      I did the California Zephyr from Denver to San Francisco this year in April. It was an amazing trip I did it with my mom. We stayed in 2 seprate roomettes, and I wouldn't do it on anything less then a Roomette. You get the free meals, shower access, and 3 bathrooms that only ur sleeper car can use.

    • Christian Oliver
      Christian Oliver 4 ай бұрын +3

      You should do both!!
      I haven't done cross country but I've gone from New Orleans to Chicago and from there to NYC and I enjoyed it.
      I have yet to do the Rocky Mountaineer but it's on my bucket list

  • Andy DeLay
    Andy DeLay 4 ай бұрын +31

    Savor these moments. I lost my father earlier this year, and it's times like you spent with him in this video that will live on after he's gone. You're a wise man Downie.

    • Flips The King
      Flips The King 4 ай бұрын +1

      That must be hard, my father was never in the picture but my sister's dad died last halloween and it has been hard for our family. If anything he acted like my father and I should've appreciated it more. I'm sorry for your loss.

    • TheShauNanigans
      TheShauNanigans 4 ай бұрын +2

      Sending you so much love.

  • sweatervestguy
    sweatervestguy 4 ай бұрын +15

    Man, your dad is a legend. Cherish that guy.

  • Tammy
    Tammy Ай бұрын

    Your a awesome son taking your father alone making memories

  • G BP
    G BP 3 ай бұрын +7

    A little bit of emotional rollercoaster, happiness, scenery, great mood, great views, detailed explanations. This video is soo good. Congratulations Downie, well done

  • Greg Chomko
    Greg Chomko Ай бұрын

    Shoutout from Hinsdale, IL! Y'all past my train station right outside of Chicago.

  • Flips The King
    Flips The King 4 ай бұрын +2

    More videos with your dad! I love that both of you have such a great bond. He's so funny. I never got to experience anything like that since my decided not to be in the picture. If I ever have kids I want to have the same bond with them that you have with your dad. Thanks for the entertaining videos and have a great rest of your day.

  • arokh72
    arokh72 4 ай бұрын +6

    I living vicariously via yourself, thank you. I'll never be able to make it to the US, the cost and long flight (Dr says a bad idea since I'm prone to DVT with a medical issue) are the issues, so your videos help me travel these trains in my lounge here in Australia. Happy Australian Father's Day (4 Sept) to Papa Downie.

  • Hunter Heimburger
    Hunter Heimburger Ай бұрын

    Not going to lie but when Michel said that he has only seen the Gateway Arch in pictures I was like “How!?” Then I remembered I’m from St. Louis and I see the arch almost everyday

  • K N G
    K N G 4 ай бұрын +165

    When your dad picked up that showerhead and said "Hello?", I both laughed and cried. That is exactly something my dad would do, in the way he did it. I miss him so much. These moments with your dad will be ones that you cherish for the rest of your life. Savor it. (Looks like you are 😊👍🏼) ❤️

    • Eleanor Massaro
      Eleanor Massaro 3 ай бұрын +1

      Yes, this really made me think about my dad who passed away in 2016. Same sense of humor too!😁. I used to take mostly road trips with my dad on vacations, but we did do a train trip from Tampa to Washington DC, me and my dad and my nephew. We had a fun time!

    • Sander Appel
      Sander Appel 3 ай бұрын

      I wear this so I can be warm while being cool. The daddest thing to say ever

    • K N G
      K N G 4 ай бұрын +1

      @TheShauNanigans Thank you! Definitely do it when you can. Regular visits/phone calls are always a good thing 😊God bless🤙🏼

    • TheShauNanigans
      TheShauNanigans 4 ай бұрын +1

      Sending you love. All of our dads seem very similar. This makes me want to plan something with my dad while the option is still there. Maybe not a train like this, but something else special. This train ride is not something up my dad's alley, but he would enjoy bonding time in general.

  • David Workman
    David Workman 4 ай бұрын +10

    You know this already, but your dad is awesome. I wish I had had opportunities like this when my dad was still around. Soak it in, Mike, for one day it will be over, and you'll have fond memories for the rest of your life.

  • Rushabh Mehta
    Rushabh Mehta 4 ай бұрын +7

    your love, admiration, and relationship with your father is so pure. love to see it, you inspire me.

  • LauraBwerkes
    LauraBwerkes 4 ай бұрын +15

    Normalite here! So glad you noted our sign! The twin cities of Bloomington-Normal are home to Illinois State University, the first teaching college (then known as “normal school”), HQ of State Farm insurance, Beer Nuts, the worlds largest county 4-H fair, and now Rivian Electric Vehicle manufacturing! Darn, I should’ve checked your IG and come visited you and your dad during your stop!

    • LauraBwerkes
      LauraBwerkes 4 ай бұрын

      @lmfd7373 Thx, meant to add “in Illinois”. Oops!

    • lmfd7373
      lmfd7373 4 ай бұрын

      not quite the 1st normal school is actually Samuel Reed in Vermont

  • COACHTYY13
    COACHTYY13 4 ай бұрын +6

    I have no interest in trains, but I haven’t been able to stop watching this because I really appreciate you, your family, your friends and your dad, such a beautiful and wholesome video.

  • Charlie Radford
    Charlie Radford 4 ай бұрын +3

    Daddy Downie is adorable and so funny. Such a cool dude!

  • Judy Harrison
    Judy Harrison 2 ай бұрын +2

    I have fallen in love with your Dad!!🥰 What a trooper!! My dream has always been to take every train in the US and Canada, and you have given me a little part of that dream. Thank you!!

  • Andrew Adkins
    Andrew Adkins 29 күн бұрын

    How’d you get to Chicago? You could’ve went from DC to Chicago via the Cardinal. It would’ve brought you right through my home state of WV where you could’ve seen the beautiful New River Gorge and see the largest suspension bridge in the western hemisphere

  • Adrienne Tochter
    Adrienne Tochter 4 ай бұрын +5

    Your dad seems like a great traveling companion. Great you got to spend the time with him. So glad you enjoyed the SA Riverwalk!

  • Colin
    Colin 4 ай бұрын +3

    Greetings from Scotland. Thank you for your videos. It's nice to remember that it's not always about the destination, but the journey to get there.

  • Kim Jong-un
    Kim Jong-un 4 ай бұрын +27

    So that tower you saw in Dallas is called the Reunion Tower. It's been around since February 1978 and opened alongside the Hyatt Regency. It was part of an urban redevelopment plan that also renovated the station that you stopped at! Wolfgang Puck used to have a revolving restaurant there that opened in 2009, it closed permanently in April 2020 due to the pandemic

    • Erikk Friberg
      Erikk Friberg 3 ай бұрын +1

      @Ronald Golleher Well in the 20+ years I have known about it the restaurant has changed a couple of times. SO maybe something else is there now.

    • Ronald Golleher
      Ronald Golleher 4 ай бұрын

      Oh it closed? I had no idea! I always wanted to visit the restaurant just for the experience...

  • Alliejen12345
    Alliejen12345 4 ай бұрын +7

    Dang… I lost my 76 year old dad last year… we did this kind of stuff together and you Mike will never regret it… like my dad, your dad appears to be a really cool guy.

  • JasperDiscovers
    JasperDiscovers 4 ай бұрын +5

    The first video in this series was recommended to me (thanks, youtube!) and I've binged all episodes in one go. You're great and your adventure is awesome!

  • Stuff We Play
    Stuff We Play 4 ай бұрын +5

    As someone who used to take a cross-Texas train trip every year before the pandemic, definitely take the train back to Alpine sometime! It's a lovely little town to spend an afternoon in with some good food to boot!

  • Shauna H. Creations
    Shauna H. Creations 4 ай бұрын +3

    The showers scenes are just hilarious lol. And love that your dad can party with you! He seems so fun and sweet!

  • Jed Drayton
    Jed Drayton 4 ай бұрын +8

    Mike you’ve got your dad in you. Some of the most happy and positive guys I’ve seen. You’re lucky to have such a great example.

  • Ken Buddy Buddy
    Ken Buddy Buddy 4 ай бұрын +2

    Such a great, fun video!!!! I can see that you get your sense of humor from your father! Lots of laughs and great views!!!! What a wonderful father son time for you and your dad. I am so glad that I found and subscribed to your video adventures.

  • lbujnoch
    lbujnoch 4 ай бұрын +2

    I love all of your shows. This episode was so cute with your Dad.😍

  • ForzaMonkey
    ForzaMonkey 4 ай бұрын +6

    Nice seeing Caesar and papa Downie again. Great video as always, Mike!

  • Harry Butler
    Harry Butler 4 ай бұрын +5

    Love this video Mike. So great that you spent the time with your Dad. Obviously, he taught you well by example. Look forward to next one with your mom.

  • Chyanne Snyder
    Chyanne Snyder 4 ай бұрын +4

    Oh My Goodness!! I'm absolutely loving your videos!!☺️ And your dad is awesome!!! I need to make a trip to Vancouver so we can take a travel!❤️

  • roulan yu
    roulan yu 4 ай бұрын +2

    i've never been to the US, and these episodes are the best "trip" i've ever "tagged along". thank you Downie!

  • Paul G
    Paul G 4 ай бұрын +2

    Hey! I've driven through Valentine, Texas!! A little correction: They're called Dust Devils. Finally, did you notice that everything East of Dallas is green and everything to the West is brown? (Second Finally) If you visit Fort Worth for more than a day, be sure to stop by the US Print and Engraving facility and see them print $100 bills!

  • Ernesto Albarran
    Ernesto Albarran 4 ай бұрын +2

    What a great son you are and brother... You're so lucky you can enjoy your parents the way you do .

  • Dexter Alexander
    Dexter Alexander 4 ай бұрын +1

    This is an excellent series, and we eagerly await each week’s new episode.

  • Cathy Kinn
    Cathy Kinn 4 ай бұрын +42

    Your dad is the kind of Senior Citizen we all aspire to be - sprite, still up for everything & has a son who likes his company!

  • Tim Watson
    Tim Watson 4 ай бұрын +2

    Dude, you are so lucky to be able to do this with your Dad!

  • Sunday Graphic
    Sunday Graphic 4 ай бұрын +4

    My grandmother made this journey with my two cousins and me when we were just kids. My "Nannie" was quite a trooper to make such a long journey with three girls under the age of ten, but I see now that she wanted to spend time with us and leave us with memories that would last a lifetime.
    Michael, I'm so glad you're able to travel with your dad. Happy trails to you and here's to many more wonderful train trips with your family and friends.

  • sethtriggs
    sethtriggs 4 ай бұрын +4

    It's always so heartwarming to see how you include your family too. What an adventure, and this is always A++ content. Thanks again Mike!
    And heh I actually got to see a TrueEarth ad in the wild and I immediately thought of you! Gonna try them soon.

  • BigBen0913
    BigBen0913 4 ай бұрын +6

    If your dad is up for any trip, might I suggest a network of three unique scenic railroads in mountains of West Virginia. All three have the same type of vibe as Strasburg, but with completely different characteristics. The Cass Scenic Railroad, in particular, is truly one of a kind. It was an old logging railroad that went up grades that are too steep for traditional locomotives. You need special Shay, Climax, and Heisler locomotives to tackle the grades. You can ride a train to the second highest peak in the state! Most of all, this is probably the most peaceful place on earth because, by law, there are no cell phone or wireless signals of any sort. There is a Radio Observatory that is only a few miles away from Cass that has equipment so sensitive that those types of signals block out what they are really trying to receive: pictures of some of the furthest points of our galaxy. My family has been on those trains many times and I highly recommend it!

  • Didi Sinclair
    Didi Sinclair 4 ай бұрын +1

    Seeing you take this trip with your pop makes my day/week/month!!!! SUCH a great series, Mike. Can't wait to see you with your mum!

  • It's Ted
    It's Ted 4 ай бұрын +2

    I took 3 cruises with my mom. The recent one up to Alaska for her 90th birthday. I loved every minute of it!

  • Alan J Eng
    Alan J Eng 4 ай бұрын +4

    The COOLEST part about this video is that you spent time with your dad. Many of us don't have or did not take the opportunity to do so. Whether it was on a train, plane, automobile or boat...the time spent with him will create so many memories to be cherished forever. Congrats to you! And now it's your mom's turn. Can't wait for the release.

  • Mark Murphy
    Mark Murphy 4 ай бұрын +6

    Thanks for being us on your trip with your Dad.

  • MacAdvisor
    MacAdvisor 5 ай бұрын +11

    Normally, Mike, your videos leave me with a smile. Today, I was crying at the end. I miss my father so much. He's been gone five years now and I have just barely leaned to bear the loss. The happy time with your dad brought back with full force how big a hole his death left in my life. He was a train buff, with an amazing model RR in his garage (it even went across the garage door, which could still rise up and let the cars in by a special disconnect system he created), and his real life train adventures. When he visited Promontory Summit where the Golden Spike was driven in, his buddies from the train club told the managers there he was the President of California's Golden State Railroad Club. That was true, but it only had five members and they were all with him. Still, because of his "prominence," the park people let him drive the train for a bit. He favorite train was the Skunk Train in Fort Bragg, one you should consider (the steam train there reminds me of the Hogwarts Express (www.skunktrain.com/days-of-steam/ )). I've ridden with him four or five times and he's ridden at least 100. My favorite times were just sitting in the door of the garage in these two big, green LazyBoy recliners he had there, watch the world go by, and just talk. This is in Sacramento, so this was almost always AFTER the sun goes down. You think Texas was hot, pshaw, that's sweater weather to us Sacramentans. He'd done so many things in his life and he was a great, loving, wonderful father. Please, do enjoy all the time you can with your mom and your dad while you can. Each second is precious. Thank you for one more train ride with my dad would have felt like.
    Based on the name of the local paper, The Normalite, (see: www.normalite.com), I believe there are called Normalites. The collective noun for a group of Normalites is Normals.

    • DownieLive
      DownieLive  4 ай бұрын +6

      Thanks so much for sharing that story about your dad. I'm sorry to make you cry but I hope they were tears of joy. Cheers to him.

  • Frank Miller
    Frank Miller 4 ай бұрын +3

    Loving this series! Have to admit, although my Dad has been gone for 12 years now, this trip with your father really made me miss him. Hold these moments tightly! Thanks for the adventures! 💜

  • Roberta Biallas
    Roberta Biallas 4 ай бұрын +2

    Hey Mike! Thanks for sharing your journey with your Dad! He has good taste in reading material, love Louise Penny.

  • Julian
    Julian 4 ай бұрын +2

    Great series and nice to see the respect and bond you have with your dad.

  • Melinda A
    Melinda A 4 ай бұрын +2

    Fantastic episode! Quality time with your dad just warms my ❤.

  • Team Me, Team Us.
    Team Me, Team Us. 4 ай бұрын +28

    I felt a bit emotional during this one. It’s truly special to see a father like yours, who is so kind and fun. My family were not good people, and I forget sometimes that what you have is what it always should be like. Thank you.

  • Chris H
    Chris H 4 ай бұрын +1

    As I had thought it would be, this series is just great with it being not just a travelogue, but full of human interest and warmth.

  • Andrew Payne
    Andrew Payne 4 ай бұрын +2

    Your positive energy is so wonderful. I would watch your videos because of the trains, but you really are great!

  • Heather Rowles
    Heather Rowles 4 ай бұрын +4

    It is very appropriate that this video was released today, Father's Day in Australia. Lovely to be travelling with your dad again, he is such a charming man.....and Im looking forward very much to next week's video with your mum.

  • Samuel Benedicic
    Samuel Benedicic 4 ай бұрын +7

    as someone who lost father 13 years ago I got legit teary eyed over this episode

  • Tamanna Sharma
    Tamanna Sharma 4 ай бұрын +2

    Papa Downie you are literally optimism personified! I was literally sitting here bawling when you were thanking Mike for the adventure. You two are such a joy to watch. Thank you for bringing us along

  • Michael Christie
    Michael Christie 4 ай бұрын +5

    More videos with your Dad please! He is so positive and happy :-) Love the videos and love the channel ❤️.

  • Dave Fields
    Dave Fields 4 ай бұрын +4

    Yet another awesome job, Mike! No way your Dad is 76 - GO DAD!!!

  • Bill Pruitt
    Bill Pruitt 4 ай бұрын +3

    I'm so glad you are having (and seizing) the opportunity to do these things with your Daddy. I had many plans to do things with mine once he retired. Due to a career change for me and failing health for him, only a few came to fruition - two coming to mind are a behind the scenes tour of a power plant and a visit to Atlanta's Cyclorama. The one we never able to work out was a passenger excursion up the railroad for which his father helped build the first automatic signals.
    Seize the moment and relish the time with your Daddy.

  • Craig Campbell
    Craig Campbell 4 ай бұрын +26

    We did this as kids with my mom and I still talk about it. She didn’t have to drive and just got to sit there and read the whole time. She didn’t have to keep an eye on us because there wasn’t really anywhere we could go so we spent the entire trip playing with other kids we found on the train. Amtrak had employees in the observation car at times running games and trivia and giving guided tours of some of the areas we passed through. I’m in my 40s and still talk about that trip. It was relaxing for my mom and really fun for two kids that weren’t old enough to normally get to roam around on their own unsupervised. Way better than flying if you have the time. Next to a road trip the train is the most fun/ least stressful way to travel the United States.

  • Joe Meyers
    Joe Meyers 4 ай бұрын +2

    Love getting a new episode every weekend.
    You are demonstrating that the journey is as important as the destination. And there is nothing like sharing a trip with a parent who is also a friend! 👏👏👏

  • Simp Jones
    Simp Jones 4 ай бұрын +1

    You make some wholesome content my friend. I’ve been meaning to book a trip with my dad to Italy/Sicily where he was born. Watching your videos has given me that extra push to just go forward and do the damn thing.

  • chris green
    chris green 2 ай бұрын +3

    Gotta say I'm hooked watching this. The production quality of this rivals that of most TV shows

  • Glory Grace K.
    Glory Grace K. 4 ай бұрын +2

    I always love to see you and your Dad together! Such a great Guy your Dad seems to be!
    Also it was so great that you got to see Ceaser again!
    Can't wait to see next week's video and get to meet your Mom!

  • Landmark Creations
    Landmark Creations 4 ай бұрын +2

    I love the relationship you have with your dad. My dad is retired too and helps me with my business as well👍

  • T M
    T M 4 ай бұрын +2

    I love watching episode with you and your father. Your relationship with him is enviable. Cherish these unforgettable moments.

  • sqxnce
    sqxnce 4 ай бұрын +1

    It was so cool seeing ceaser again! I remember seeing that video a few weeks ago and loving his energy, super excited I get to see a whole other video with him !

  • Lenella Maxwell
    Lenella Maxwell 4 ай бұрын +2

    What a wonderful way to spend time with your dad. Way to go!!!

  • Bill Crawford
    Bill Crawford 4 ай бұрын +18

    You are so fortunate to have your dad to enjoy this wonderful train trip. The Burrito Queen is a Amtrak tradition.

  • David Guthary
    David Guthary 4 ай бұрын +2

    I think it's worth noting that, while the Texas Eagle is a daily train between Chicago and San Antonio, the through cars to Los Angeles only run three times a week, on the same days as the connecting train (the Sunset Limited).

  • Moises M
    Moises M 4 ай бұрын +1

    22:18
    I literally lit up with a smile when I heard El Paso and saw the station
    I used to live in El Paso and I have always dreamed of going on an Amtrak train. I visited the station once when I was little and was so excited to see the trains and the station. And I'm so glad you got to try some food. El Paso has probably some of the best Mexican food outside of Mexico. I hope you liked it! :)

  • Wayne Kline
    Wayne Kline 4 ай бұрын +2

    Another fantastic video Michael, cannot wait to see next weeks episode with your mum. Your dad is amazing, and he wears my Wirth “Live” cap 🧢 too! 😅😅 Keep up there great work, love ❤️ your Channel.

  • Aj really likes traveling??
    Aj really likes traveling?? 4 ай бұрын +2

    now I feel tempted to just drop everything and travel, papa downie is so positive! keep up the good work!

  • John Fugazzi
    John Fugazzi 4 ай бұрын +35

    With four days in a train you'd better pick the right travelling companion, and your dad seems to have the right easy and positive attitude . I hope Amtrack gave you advance notice about the lack of a real dining car and observation car in advance and that it wasn't a rude surprise. Nice scenery and next week sounds special.

  • rmahi17
    rmahi17 4 ай бұрын +2

    Awesome adventure with your dad, looking forward to your trip with your mom!

  • Teresa Matson
    Teresa Matson 4 ай бұрын +2

    I truly wish you and your Dad would take more trips together! He is so much fun! Excellent video ❤️

  • Musing With Reba
    Musing With Reba 4 ай бұрын +2

    What a great trip to take with your dad. You are such a good son. And I'm sure your mum will live you more for the luxury 😉