Saturday, February 4, 2017

Amtrak Winter Adventure January 2017 - Reagan's Photo Galleries Updated

Me, Reagan, in Snowy Fraser, Colorado

My Amtrak January 2017 Winter Adventure Wrap Up and Photo Galleries Updated


For the beauty of the earth,
For the glory of the skies,
For the love which from our birth
Over and around us lies,
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise

These words from a hymn I learned in childhood summarizes my awe inspiring travel on Amtrak's California Zephyr over the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. The snow covered landscape is so calming and cleanly white. I traveled this same train and route the past two Winters but neither compared to this breath taking ride through such abundant and beautiful snow pack as I experienced on this year's trip. Every part of my trip went so well. The cities, Chicago, Emeryville, and Los Angeles, I visited and the trains I rode, Amtrak's Hiawatha, California Zephyr and Coast Starlight provided good accommodations and on time travel. Each train was in good condition and the on board staff provided excellent and pleasant service. I'm ready to get back on and I will in April.

While traveling I took over 700 photos and have updated them to Reagan's Photo Galleries website.

I created a new Folder and created seven new photo galleries. 



Click on the above link to see all seven photo galleries. Thanks to Trainorders forum member "Boilingman" for permission to include four external views of my train traveling through California's Sierra Nevada Mountains.

If you missed any of the travel blog posts I made while on this trip, you can find them all here:  Reagan's Travel Blog. The newest posts are at the top. Scroll down to find the older posts in sequence newest to oldest.  While reading the blog you can subscribe to have the posts sent to your email inbox. There is a "Follow By Email" subscription box at the very top right of the on line version of the blogs.

I will be home in Nashville in February and March. I be looking forward to my next Amtrak adventure in April so no travel blog updates until then.  About a week before I leave I will post a preview blog of the April trip.

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2017 Travel Plans

My 2017 travel plans includes family and trains.  

Family Events Travel May, July, and August -- For my great niece Kellie, I am planning to attend her graduation from Mississippi State University in Starkville, MS, May 5, and then her White Coat Ceremony August 11 in Johnson City, TN, as she begins pharmacy school at East Tennessee State University.

My great niece Cheri is getting married in Benton, Louisiana, July 15, so I am planning to travel to Shreveport/Bossier City/Benton, LA, for the wedding and surrounding activities.  I have made hotel reservations for a week arriving Thursday, July 13, and departing Tuesday, July 18.  I am planning on making a vacation of this trip visiting other friends and family while in this area of the country. 

April 8-22 Amtrak April 2017 Rail Adventure -- On this trip I will be riding on the Amtrak Crescent train for the first time and actually traveling coast to coast and return.  I will begin the trip by flying Southwest Airlines to New Orleans April 8 for two nights at the Hyatt House Hotel on Poydras Street near New Orleans Union Station. Early Monday morning (7 AM) I will depart on Amtrak's Crescent train from New Orleans through Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia(Atlanta), South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia arriving Tuesday morning at Washington, DC, Union Station. That same Tuesday afternoon (4 PM), I will depart on Amtrak's Capitol Limited through Maryland, West Virginia, Pennsylvania(Pittsburgh), Ohio, and Indiana arriving early Wednesday (9 AM) in Chicago's Union Station. At 2 PM Wednesday, I'll board Amtrak's California Zephyr for the two night trip to Emeryville arriving Friday late afternoon April 14 for two nights at the Hyatt House Emeryville.  Sunday morning (9 AM) I will board the east bound California Zephyr bound to Chicago arriving Tuesday afternoon and staying one night at the new Hampton Inn Chicago West Loop. Wednesday evening, April 19, I will return to Chicago Union Station to board the Capitol Limited(6:30 PM) for overnight trip back to Washington, DC, arriving early afternoon (1 PM) for a two night stay at the Hilton Garden Inn/DC US Capitol.  Saturday, April 22, I'll fly Southwest Airlines home to Nashville from Washington, DC, Reagan National Airport.

June 4 - 20 Amtrak 2017 Summer Rail Adventure -- I'm returning to two of my favorite cities while riding four Amtrak trains on this trip. I will fly to New Orleans June 4 staying three nights at the Hyatt House Hotel downtown on the Loyola Streetcar line.  Then I will depart New Orleans on Amtrak's Sunset Limited through Houston, TX; El Paso, TX; and Tucson, AZ, to Los Angeles where I will transfer to Amtrak's Coast Starlight through Oakland, CA; Klamath Falls, OR; and Eugene, OR, to Portland, OR, where I will spend four nights visiting this naturally beautiful city and surrounding area.  In 1966, I spent three months in Oregon while in training to be an auditor for the now Federal Highway Administration during the building of the Interstate Highway System. Incidentally, that is how I ended up living my entire adult life in Nashville, TN, to which I was permanently assigned after completing my training. June 14 I will travel via Amtrak's Cascades train from Portland to Seattle, WA, to transfer to Amtrak's Empire Builder Seattle to Chicago via Spokane, WA; Whitefish, MT; Glacier Mountains National Park; Havre, MT; Minot, ND; and St Paul/Minneapolis, MN. I will be connecting June 16 in Chicago to Amtrak's City of New Orleans for an overnight trip to New Orleans via Memphis, TN, and Jackson, MS. After three nights in New Orleans I will fly home from New Orleans to Nashville on June 20.



You can click on any of the small photos in this blog to open a full size photo. 

All my photos are available to view on Reagan's Photo Galleries website.


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Monday, January 30, 2017

Amtrak Winter Adventure January 2017 - January 28-29 Emeryville and Amtrak Coast Starlight

Amtrak Coast Starlight in Station at San Luis Obispo, CA

A Day In Emeryville, CA, and Amtrak's Coast Starlight to Los Angeles, CA

Spent the day Saturday in Emeryville, CA, area. Took a short train ride to Santa Clara, CA, where the new Levi's Stadium is located. It is the home of the San Francisco 49rs.  After walking around this area, I returned to Emeryville and walked to the Bay Street Outdoor Shopping area similar to the Boardwalk in Bossier City, LA. It just a good bit larger and includes upscale shops and restaurants. I usually visit to eat a Fuddruckers(hamburgers) where you put your own toppings on the burger. Saturday night I rested and rearrange my luggage for the day long train ride Sunday on the Coast Starlight to Los Angeles. Here are a few Saturday photos.

My view from my room at the Hyatt House Hotel in Emeryville

Hyatt House Hotel where I stayed in Emeryville

Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, CA

Yesterday(Sunday), I boarded Amtrak's Coast Starlight 8:10 AM for the 12 hours ride to Los Angeles. Unlike my 4 hour late trip on this train in October, we were on time all the way to Los Angeles and arrived 1 hour early at 8 AM. The lead photo above is our train in station at San Luis Obispo whee we had a 35 minutes opportunity to get off the train and walk around since we were actually running ahead of schedule. Below are more photos of this trip including stop in San Luis Obispo.  After the stop in San Luis Obispo, we reached to Pacific Ocean in about an hour. Taking photos was difficult since the sun was glaring from the west right over the ocean. Amtrak's train windows are okay to take photos unless the sun in shining bright and then you are taking photos through a dusty shield. Anyway, there are a few of the coast side photos below also.

Private car we were pulling behind the Coast Starlight

Me, Reagan, train side in San Luis Obispo







In Santa Barbara, CA

The not so fun time began after arrival in Los Angeles. I learned as I boarded the Flyaway Bus to LAX to catch shuttle to my hotel that Trump Immigration Order protesters had marched and caused massive traffic problems at the airport both Saturday and Sunday. The bus took us to a parking area near the airport and I had to walk pulling my luggage over a mile to the LAX Hilton. I was not alone because many people were walking and pulling luggage just as I was. As it turned out, it only took me an hour and forty-five minutes from train arrival to get to my hotel, the LAX Hilton. So far this morning things are quiet on the protest front so I'm thinking I should not have any problem tomorrow morning getting to my flight since it departs at 8:35 AM from Los Angeles. Nevertheless, I feel many unhappy days are in the future for my home country no matter what political leanings any of us have. 

I took lots of photos crossing the snowy Colorado Rockies and the snow packed Sierra Nevadas. I'll be cleaning and optimizing the photos and let you know when I have updated my photo galleries with these photos. I am planning to be home in Nashville all of February and March. Looking forward to return of Spring.

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Amtrak Winter Adventure January 2017 - January 27 - Sierras

Ready to go Amtraking in the Snow


For the Beauty of the Earth

For two days I have been awe struck traveling through both snowy Colorado Rockies and California Sierras.  Especially today as we crossed over the Sierras in California I was amazed at the handiwork of God in nature.  I kept silently singing in my mind this great hymn I learned as a child.

For the beauty of the earth,
For the glory of the skies,
For the love which from our birth
Over and around us lies,
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise


The lead photo above and the first three photos below are from Colorado.  The remaining photos are just a small sampling of the photos I took crossing the Sierra Nevadas today. I am posting these using a very slow internet at the Hyatt House Hotel in Emeryville so no comments with each photo.





The below photos are from the Sierra Nevadas and arriving Emeryville




















Apparently one of the freight cars that derailed during the snow storms





There are many more photos that I will post in my photo galleries so look for them in a week or so.

I do plan to use tomorrow(Saturday) and a free rest and relaxation day. I plan to take Amtrak's Coast Starlight Sunday to Los Angeles for two night stay at the LAX Hilton before flying home Tuesday morning from LAX to Nashville.  I'll plan to do another update Monday from Los Angeles.

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

More Jan 26 Snowy Colorado

Lots of snow all the way to Glenwood Springs. Lot less expected now until Sierra Nevadas. Here are more photos. 

 

 

 



 


 

 

 

Jan 26. Snowy Colorado

Left Chicago on time yesterday and traveling through Colorado today on time so far. Here are a few IPhone photos from Fraser Winter Park.