Saturday, November 17, 2018

Amtrak Fall 2018 Vacation Photo Galleries Ready to View

Amtrak's California Zephyr Ready to Board in Emeryville, CA

Amtrak Fall 2018 Vacation

I've been home almost two weeks and I've updated Reagan's Photo Galleries with five galleries and they are ready for you to view. All the photos are in the Amtrak Fall 2018 Vacation folder.

Here are links to the individual galleries. Click on the photo or caption to go to the gallery.

Amtrak's Southwest Chief Westbound 
Los Angeles and Southwest Chief Eastbound

California Zephyr Westbound
Emeryville and San Francisco
California Zephyr Eastbound

I hope you enjoy viewing my photos in the galleries. Believe it or not, I do not have any additional travel planned for the remainder of 2018 nor do I have any plans for now for 2019. I'm sure there will be some but just taking my time to plan any further travel until I get caught up with car repairs and other expenses. I do have adequate Amtrak Guest Rewards points and both American and Southwest Airlines frequent flyer miles to make some free trips on both Amtrak and the Airlines so my only expense would be for hotels and food, etc. Have you noticed how expensive hotels near city center have gotten?

I'll update this travel blog when I do make some travel plans. In the meantime:

Happy Thanksgiving!

Blessed Christmas!

Happy New Year!

Monday, November 5, 2018

Amtrak Fall 2018 Vacation - Eastbound Amtrak's California Zephyr November 2-4

I'm back in Chicago after a good three day ride back on the Eastbound California Zephyr. We left Emeryville right on time 9:10 AM Pacific Time Friday morning November 2 and arrived back in Chicago right on time yesterday Sunday November 4. Highlight of the trip was meeting three younger people from the Bay Area in California traveling to Denver. We just happened to be seated together for lunch the first day. We enjoyed being together so well we sat together for all the remaining meals until they departed in Denver. We shared lots of smiles, laughter, and friendly conversation. They made this the most memorable of the four long distance train rides this vacation. I've included a couple photos today of us together at the dining table and off the train in snowy Fraser-Winter Park, Colorado.

Well, I am in overcast rainy Chicago today so will be a day of relaxation doing this update, resting, and watching Monday Night Football Tennessee Titans vs. Dallas Cowboys. Here's hoping the Titans play well.

Since this is last update before I fly home tomorrow, I have included more photos. After I get home tomorrow, I will spend a few days optimizing and organizing the over 900 photos I took these past two weeks on the Westbound and Eastbound Southwest Chief and California Zephyr. Then I post them to my Reagan's Photo Galleries and post a final travel blog update to let you know the photos galleries are complete and ready for you to view.

Here are today's photos. Remember you can click on the photos and see the full size photos.

It's been a very good two weeks traveling Amtrak. For now, I do not have any more travel planned for 2018  and believe it or not, I don't have any travel planned for 2019 as yet. I've incurred some expensive  expenses related to my personal health and also my 16 year old Honda Accord so I do need to curtail some of my travel to catch up with these expenses. 

You will notice one of the photos today was a Christmas tree in the hotel inside of Denver's Union Station. So HAPPY THANKSGIVING and MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Amtrak Fall 2018 Vacation - Two Days in San Francisco and Emeryville October 31 and November 1

Two very good days in Northern California - One a day of ease and relaxation in Emeryville and one very full day of activity in San Francisco.  Wednesday I stayed nearby in Emeryville visiting the Bay Street Shopping area purchasing a charging cord at the Apple Store and eating pizza and soft frozen yogurt. Later I took a free Emery Go Round bus to Target eating at a nearby Panera Bread. Tonight I will head to Fuddruckers in Bay Street Center.

This second day I left after breakfast this Thursday morning by BART to San Francisco where I took a Red and White Cruise around and under the Golden Gate Bridge and around Alcatraz and the under the Bay Bridge. After that I walked to Ghirardelli Square for a famous Hot Fudge Sundae. Also I rode the Streetcar while in San Francisco.

Here are a few photos covering both days. The Tiger was in a store window at Bay Street Center and this LSU Tiger fan had to take a photo and say GEAUX TIGERS Beat Bama Saturday night!

Incidentally, you can click on each photo and see the full size photo.

Tomorrow morning I board the eastbound Amtrak California Zephyr back to Chicago arriving late Sunday afternoon. I will not do a blog update while traveling on the eastbound Zephyr. I will do a blog update Monday November 5 from Chicago.  I fly home to Nashville November 6. I will spend a few days after arriving home optimizing and updating my photo galleries for this Amtrak Fall 2018 Vacation.  I'll then do a blog update to let you know all the photo galleries are available for you to view.

I will close this update using my friend Charlie Doggett's(retired living in Costa Rica) PURA VIDA!