Amtrak Holiday Travelers

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Mon, December 23 2013 at 4:01 PM, Updated: Mon, December 23 2013 at 4:16 PM

Triple 'A' says 3 out of every 10 Americans are traveling 50 miles or more over the holiday season...and some of those travelers are making the journey by train.

Christine Daniken of Rocky Point was one of many on hand at the Klamath Falls Amtrak Station this morning to pick up her son...

"His wife went to Sacramento, and he came up here to be with me."

Sally Marshall is heading north to be with her family...

"Well, I'm headed to Salem, Oregon on Amtrak - and my kids would rather I take the train than drive."

Daniel Hernandez is making a 'pickup', and a 'delivery'...

"I have a very good friend that's going to Portland, and I have my mother-in-law that will be coming from Southern California."

The train was right on time...and small dramas unfolded as loved ones arrived home for Christmas...and others began their journeys to join loved ones.

And as Amtrak headed north filled with holiday travelers...Christine Daniken is happy her son is home for Christmas...

"Yes, I am."

Triple 'A' says over 94 million Americans will be making some sort of holiday trip, with over 90% traveling by car.

This is the fifth year in a row that holiday travel is on the rise.

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About the Author

Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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