Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Nashville Zoo April 2019

Tiger Statue at Entrance to New Tiger Crossroads Exhibit
at the Nashville Zoo

Nashville Zoo April 2019

Today I visited the Nashville Zoo to catch up on three of the newest exhibits opened in last couple of years - Tiger Crossroads, Expedition Peru, and Tree Tops Spider Monkeys.  Tiger Crossroads was just opened in the last two weeks. I like that the Nashville Zoo is opening "educational" exhibits providing a lot of educational information as part of the exhibit as I think you will be able to see in my photos taken today. The three new exhibits are along the jungle trail and my visit today was limited to the jungle trail.

I managed to take over 100 photos and one mini movie today and present them to you in this gallery.  Click the photo or caption to view all the gallery.


Nashville Zoo April 2019

I did not have to travel far to visit the Nashville Zoo although Nashville Music City is favored travel destination for many people.  In fact, our metro area of two million is welcoming estimated 300,000 National Football League(NFL) fans to the 2019 NFL Draft this week.  You can catch the excitement on the NFL Network or ESPN and some ABC stations on your television. Check it out.

After these two blog updates this week, I'll next blog in June as I travel to Washington, DC; Chicago, IL; and East Lansing, Michigan and also ride Amtrak's Cardinal and Blue Water trains.


Reagan's Travel Plans for 2019

I am home until June 13 when I travel to Washington, DC, to ride Amtrak's Cardinal from DC to Chicago and then visit my oldest nephew in East Lansing, Michigan. I have added two trips - one back to Louisiana in October for my 60th high school reunion and one to Orlando, Florida, to visit Disney World. Both are still in the planning stages.

June 13-24 Amtrak's Cardinal and Visit to Michigan - Flying Southwest Airlines to Washington, DC, for three nights followed by my first trip on Amtrak's Cardinal from DC to Chicago.  In Chicago I will stay three nights before traveling June 20 by regional Amtrak train to East Lansing, Michigan, to visit my older nephew Charles and family for four nights. He is a professor at Michigan State University. He has already suggested some exciting day trips we will make. After my visit I will return to Chicago by Amtrak train Monday morning, June 24, and will fly home that night on Southwest Airlines to Nashville.

September 13-24 Glacier National Park Visit and Amtrak's Empire Builder - Flying American Airlines Nashville to Seattle via connecting flights via Chicago on Friday the 13th. I will stay three nights in Seattle departing Monday, September 16, on Amtrak's Empire Builder overnight arriving at East Glacier Park Station Tuesday morning September 17. I will checkin and stay three nights at the Glacier Park Lodge September 17-20. Will depart East Glacier Station Friday morning September 20 on Amtrak's Empire Builder arriving Chicago Saturday afternoon September 21. Currently planning to stay three nights in Chicago. Will fly home to Nashville September 24.

October 19  - My 60th Minden, LA, High School Reunion October 19 - I will be returning to my native Louisiana home to attend my Minden High School 60th Reunion. Also, I will celebrate my 78th birthday while home October 17. All trip details are yet to be determined.

December 1-7 Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort, Orlando, Florida - Reservations have been made for the Resort. Transportation and other details yet to be made. Purpose is to visit Disney World and maybe Universal Studios during the Christmas season.


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Sunday, April 21, 2019

Trip to Louisiana April 2019

LOUISIANA - The Pelican State

April 2019

Trip to Louisiana to Visit Family - April 1-9

Actually left March 31 and drove home to Louisiana for a ten day trip to visit with my native Louisiana family staying with my niece Sandra and husband Wayne.  While in Shreveport/Bossier City, LA area I visited with my two sisters Shirley and Pat, brother-in-law Bobby, niece Sandra and nephew Mark and their families. Also was able to visit with my great nephew Neil and his family visiting from Seattle, WA. Also was able to celebrate my great niece Cheri's 30th birthday with a genuine Louisiana craw fish boil. Also was able to visit with four other great nieces. Also was able to visit with my good long time friend Todd from Nashville who now lives in the Shreveport area for lunch one day.

My friend Todd and I

Since this was a trip for family time, I did not take photos except for one day with both sisters, my niece and my nephew and their spouse hosted my great nephew Neil and wife Megan and sons Lucas and Isaiah from Seattle to a visit to the Shreveport, LA, riverfront park and a tour of the old waterworks museum in downtown Shreveport. This was the waterworks department dating back into the 1800's that originally served all the city. We concluded the day with a visit to the local Dairy Queen for ice cream.

We celebrated my great niece Cheri's 30th birthday with a craw fish boil. Since it was my first ever craw fish boil, I did take a gallery of IPhone photos to document the cooking of the craw fish and the group gathered to celebrate the occasion.

I updated Reagan's Photo Galleries with two galleries for you to view these two activities.  Click on the photo or caption to view the galleries.

Exploring Shreveport with Family


Craw Fish Boil for Cheri's 30th Birthday


Amtrak One Day Trip on Illinois Regional Trains

After returning from Louisiana, I drove from my home in Nashville to the southern Illinois city of Carbondale and then rode Amtrak's regional trains SALUKI and ILLINI from Carbondale to Chicago and then back to Carbondale Thursday, April 11. While I was in Chicago, I did get to eat a Chicago Char Dog and check out the new remodeled Great Hall in Chicago's Union Station. Click the photo or caption below to view the photo gallery.


Amtrak One Day Trip Illinois Regional Trains


Reagan's Travel Plans for 2019

I am home until June 13 when I travel to Washington, DC, to ride Amtrak's Cardinal from DC to Chicago and then visit my oldest nephew in East Lansing, Michigan. I have added two trips - one back to Louisiana in October for my 60th high school reunion and one to Orlando, Florida, to visit Disney World. Both are still in the planning stages.

June 13-24 Amtrak's Cardinal and Visit to Michigan - Flying Southwest Airlines to Washington, DC, for three nights followed by my first trip on Amtrak's Cardinal from DC to Chicago.  In Chicago I will stay three nights before traveling June 20 by regional Amtrak train to East Lansing, Michigan, to visit my older nephew Charles and family for four nights. He is a professor at Michigan State University. He has already suggested some exciting day trips we will make. After my visit I will return to Chicago by Amtrak train Monday morning, June 24, and will fly home that night on Southwest Airlines to Nashville.

September 13-24 Glacier National Park Visit and Amtrak's Empire Builder - Flying American Airlines Nashville to Seattle via connecting flights via Chicago on Friday the 13th. I will stay three nights in Seattle departing Monday, September 16, on Amtrak's Empire Builder overnight arriving at East Glacier Park Station Tuesday morning September 17. I will checkin and stay three nights at the Glacier Park Lodge September 17-20. Will depart East Glacier Station Friday morning September 20 on Amtrak's Empire Builder arriving Chicago Saturday afternoon September 21. Currently planning to stay three nights in Chicago. Will fly home to Nashville September 24.

October 19  - My 60th Minden, LA, High School Reunion October 19 - I will be returning to my native Louisiana home to attend my Minden High School 60th Reunion. Also, I will celebrate my 78th birthday while home October 17. All trip details are yet to be determined.

December 1-7 Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort, Orlando, Florida - Reservations have been made for the Resort. Transportation and other details yet to be made. Purpose is to visit Disney World and maybe Universal Studios during the Christmas season.


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Saturday, March 2, 2019

Amtrak 2019 Winter Snow Trip - Galleries Ready to View

Glacier Park Lodge in Glacier National Park

Amtrak 2019 Winter Snow Trip - Trip Galleries Are Ready to View

Now safely home, I have gathered all my photos from the trip, optimized them, and posted them in four galleries. While Seattle was mostly dry and pleasant weather wise, the trip from Seattle to Chicago was a beautiful snowy wonderland with lots of snow pack and under sunny skies for my ride on Amtrak's Empire Builder. Although I was bused from Seattle to Spokane, Washington, it was an amazing trip with no weather related delays. We arrived Chicago just one hour late just before 5 PM on Friday, February 22. And all the delay was due to some freight congestion in eastern Montana and North Dakota. Chicago was rainy one day and cold and windy Sunday before I departed that evening on Amtrak's City of New Orleans. That trip was right on time and we arrived in New Orleans an hour early Monday afternoon. Weather was basically dry and some sun allowing for a long walk on the riverfront to Jackson Square and then a long walk returning to Canal Street along Royal Street in the French Quarter. Even had time for a nap Tuesday afternoon. To make the trip perfect both the Alaska Airlines flight from Nashville to Seattle and the Southwest Airlines flight from New Orleans to Nashville were both on time.

While passing through La Crosse, Wisconsin, Friday, a fellow Amtrak fan Dennis Weber posted a photo of MY train  to Facebook as it was stopped at the station in La Crosse. I have included his photo below and in my gallery with his permission as long as I give him credit. 

You can see and view all four galleries by clicking the photo of MY train or the bold trip title below the photo.

Photo taken by Dennis Weber




The FOUR GALLERIES are accessible by clicking the gallery name under the photos here:

Seattle, Washington, February 2019

Amtrak's Empire Builder Seattle to Chicago


Day in Chicago and Amtrak's City of New Orleans


New Orleans, Louisiana


That's all for this trip. I will be home March until the last day of the month and then drive to Louisiana for a family trip.  I'm not sure if I will be posting any travel blogs for this trip. We will see. No details yet but I am planning to return to Louisiana in October for my Minden High School Class of 1959's 60th reunion scheduled for October 19. So here are my 2019 travel plans for now.



Reagan's Travel Plans for 2019

March 31 to April 9 - Trip to My Louisiana Home - I will be driving home to Northwest Louisiana to visit my two sisters, one niece, and one nephew and their families. Not really a photo gallery type trip but I'm looking forward to visiting with the family and other friends in the Shreveport-Bossier City area. Also my great nephew and his family from Seattle, Washington will be home for the first few days I am there.

June 13-24 Amtrak's Cardinal and Visit to Michigan - Flying Southwest Airlines to Washington, DC, for three nights followed by my first trip on Amtrak's Cardinal from DC to Chicago.  In Chicago I will stay three nights before traveling June 20 by regional Amtrak train to East Lansing, Michigan, to visit my older nephew Charles and family for four nights. He is a professor at Michigan State University. He has already suggested some exciting day trips we will make. After my visit I will return to Chicago by Amtrak train Monday morning, June 24, and will fly home that night on Southwest Airlines to Nashville.

September 13-24 Glacier National Park Visit and Amtrak's Empire Builder - Flying American Airlines Nashville to Seattle via connecting flights via Chicago on Friday the 13th. I will stay three nights in Seattle departing Monday, September 16, on Amtrak's Empire Builder overnight arriving at East Glacier Park Station Tuesday morning September 17. I will checkin and stay three nights at the Glacier Park Lodge September 17-20. Will depart East Glacier Station Friday morning September 20 on Amtrak's Empire Builder arriving Chicago Saturday afternoon September 21. Currently planning to stay three nights in Chicago. Still deciding whether to fly home on September 24 or extend the trip. That's the "under construction" part of the trip.




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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Amtrak 2019 Winter Snow Trip - New Orleans February 25-26

Reagan Down By the Riverside - The Mississippi River

A Couple Days in New Orleans 

An overnight trip on Amtrak's City of New Orleans brought me back to my home State Louisiana for a short stay before flying home Wednesday, February 27. I was glad to leave very windy and cold(temperatures in 20's) Chicago Sunday night. An uneventful train ride arrived before 3 PM almost an hour early Monday afternoon. I began my visit eating red beans and rice at Mother's. Then today, I did a nice long walk along the Mississippi riverside to Jackson Square and my favorite chewy praline store Creole Delicacies. After purchasing some of these great chewy pralines, I then walked back to Canal Street along Royal Street and then back to my hotel. And I ended my afternoon taking a nap. 

Here are selected photos for today. I have many more New Orleans photos I will include in my photo galleries which I'll post in a couple weeks after returning home to Nashville tomorrow. Remember you can click the photos to see a full size photo.


























Heading to bed a little early tonight after packing up for my flight home to Nashville tomorrow morning. Southwest Airlines flight departs 11:50 AM.

This is my last blog update for this trip while I am still away from home. My next blog update for this trip will be in a couple weeks when I notify you that all the photo galleries for this trip are ready for you to view.  Thanks for traveling along with me via this blog.





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Saturday, February 23, 2019

Amtrak 2019 Winter Snow Trip - Empire Builder February 20-22

My Empire Builder in La Crosse WI - Photo by Dennis Weber

Traveled Empire Builder February 20-22

A true Winter Snow Trip - Wow, what a snow trip. Literally there was a deep snow pack as I traveled on the Empire Builder Tuesday night from Seattle, WA, until I arrived Chicago, IL, Friday 5 PM. The trip actually began by bus from Seattle to Spokane, WA. It was a non stop 5 hour trip via I-90 and the scenery was beautiful and my attempted photos from a fast moving bus mostly during dark hours from 5 PM to 10 PM was a failure but I will include a few bus photos when I post my photos to my photo galleries. Fortunately, the complete trip Thursday and Friday was in sunny no precipitation weather so I took lots of photos. Although sunny, the temperatures all the way were near 0 degrees or minus a few degrees. I am including over 40 photos in this blog update. They will also be included in my photo galleries I post after I get home in a couple weeks. All of these photos I took except for the lead photo above. Another Amtrak fan Dennis Weber posted this photo to Facebook Friday as we traveled through La Crosse, WI. He did give me permission to include this photo in my galleries and travel blog.

I am in rainy Chicago today and until 8 PM Sunday night. I board Amtrak's City of New Orleans for an overnight trip to New Orleans arriving around 4 PM Monday afternoon. Not sure that I will take many photos but I will post another blog update from New Orleans Tuesday.

Here are the over 40 selected photos from my trip on the Empire Builder. You can click on the photos to see the full size photo. 

Boarding the Empire Builder in Spokane, WA 11 PM



Issac Walton Inn in Glacier National Park













Glacier Park Lodge where I will stay 3 nights in September




























Arriving Union Station Chicago 

My Chicago Hotel - Hampton Inn West Loop


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