Over the Fourth of July holiday, I attended a memorial service for my cousin Joyce, who died last December. At that time, she was living in Virginia and because of foul weather we didn't get to the funeral. Her daughters brought her back to Vermont, where she was born, and invited the family for the service and a small reunion. I went by myself and didn't want to deal with the airport so I decided to be smart and hop on the Amtrak Vermonter, which starts in Washington, D.C., and ends in St. Albans, Vermont. My stop is Essex Junction, one stop before the end of the line.