Friday, September 14, 2018

Las Vegas September 9-13, 2018

The Fountains at Bellagio Hotel


Las Vegas September 9-13, 2018

Just returned from a four day visit to Las Vegas and the Bellagio Hotel. While there, I met my Australian friends Mark and Megan Lindner.  The sightseeing highlight of the visit was walking tour of the Neon Museum which houses many of the old neon signs. At the end of the walking tour there was a separate musical illumination show featuring the neon signs. It was great to spend the days catching up with my friends from Aidelaide, Australia.

I took photos mostly around the Bellagio and also on the Neon Museum tour. I have posted three photo galleries which you can view here:

Las Vegas September 9-13

Now I am staying home or near home until October 23 when I will fly to Chicago to ride Amtrak's Southwest Chief and California Zephyr eight nights with three hotel nights in Emeryville and three hotel nights in Chicago. Currently, this is the last travel I have planned for calendar year 2018. I do plan to do several blog updates as I travel.

Amtrak Trip October - November - October 23 to November 6 I will be riding round trip from Chicago on two Amtrak trains - the Southwest Chief to and from Los Angeles followed by the California Zephyr to and from Emeryville(San Francisco). The focus on this trip is the Amtrak rides so I'll only spend three night in Emeryville and three nights in Chicago. Yes, I will arrive and depart Los Angeles the same day. 


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


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Saturday, September 1, 2018

Nashville Zoo August 2018

Relaxing at Nashville Zoo August 2018

Nashville Zoo August 2018

I've stayed home in Nashville/Franklin all of July and August so when we had a pleasant weather day a couple weeks ago I headed to the Nashville Zoo mainly to walk and exercise. While there I took a few photos and you can check out my photo gallery here:


If you would like to see all my Nashville Zoo galleries they are available in my NASHVILLE ZOO folder.


More 2018 Travel


As of now I have planned a September trip to Las Vegas to visit with my Australian friends and an Amtrak trip October-November.

Las Vegas Nevada, September 9-13 - Will travel to Las Vegas, Nevada, to the Bellagio Hotel for the purpose of spending time with my Aidelaide, Australian friends Mark and Megan Lindner. This is the couple who visited me in Tennessee in 2014. This September they are touring the West Coast of USA and I will spend a couple days with them in Las Vegas. 

Amtrak Trip October - November - October 23 to November 6 I will be riding round trip from Chicago on two Amtrak trains - the Southwest Chief to and from Los Angeles followed by the California Zephyr to and from Emeryville(San Francisco). The focus on this trip is the Amtrak rides so I'll only spend three night in Emeryville and three nights in Chicago. Yes, I will arrive and depart Los Angeles the same day. 

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


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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Amtrak Vacation June 2018 - Photo Galleries Updated and Ready for You to View

In Front of my Empire Builder Sleeping Car in Minot, ND

Amtrak Vacation June 2018 Photo Galleries Updated and Ready to View

I've been home about a week and I've optimized and arranged my photos into eleven photo galleries which are now updated and ready for you to view on Reagan's Photo Galleries. All eleven galleries accessible by clicking the link below:

Amtrak Vacation June 2018


On the Amtrak Vacation June 2018 page of my photo galleries you will find a link to all eleven photo galleries. You may possibly save this page as a bookmark so you can return to this link to all the photo galleries as you have time.

  1. New Orleans
  2. World War II Museum and Victory Belles
  3. Amtrak Crescent
  4. New York City
  5. Metropolitan Museum of Art
  6. Amtrak Acela and Capitol Limited
  7. Amtrak Empire Builder
  8. Seattle
  9. My Seattle Family
  10. Mt. Rainier
  11. Los Angeles

One of the favorite things for me this trip was meeting friends and family. So here are photos of my friends and family.

Scott, Reagan, and Tevy in Central Park

Tevy and Reagan - Tevy is part of my adopted Tennessee Family

Reagan and Julie - She got me tickets to DEAR EVAN HANSEN

Great Nephew Neil, wife Megan, and sons Lucas and Isaiah

Reagan with Neil, Isaiah and Lucas(Luke)


It was great having friends and family in both New York City and Seattle. Looking forward to returning to both cities and continuing my friendship with my New York City friends and my Seattle relatives.


More 2018 Travel


As of now I have planned a September trip to Las Vegas to visit with my Australian friends and an Amtrak trip October-November.


Las Vegas Nevada, September 9-13 - Will travel to Las Vegas, Nevada, to the Bellagio Hotel for the purpose of spending time with my Aidelaide, Australian friends Mark and Megan Lindner. This is the couple who visited me in Tennessee in 2014. This September they will be touring the West Coast of USA and I will spend a couple days with them in Las Vegas. 

Amtrak Trip October - November - October 23 to November 6 I will be riding round trip from Chicago on two Amtrak trains - the Southwest Chief to and from Los Angeles followed by the California Zephyr to and from Emeryville(San Francisco). The focus on this trip is the Amtrak rides so I'll only spend three night in Emeryville and three nights in Chicago. Yes, I will arrive and depart Los Angeles the same day. 


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


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Friday, June 22, 2018

Amtrak Vacation June 2018 - Last Train Ride

Amtrak Pacific Surliner

Last Train Ride

I enjoyed my Alaska Airlines flight to Los Angeles Thursday and am also enjoying my stay at the Hyatt Regency at LAX Airport. I wanted one last train ride so today I took the Flyaway bus to Los Angeles Union Station for a 30 minute ride on the Pacific Surfliner to Fullerton, CA, to eat lunch at the Old Spaghetti Factory located right by the train station. So I got to do two of my favorite things: 1) ride the train and 2) eat spaghetti with meat sauce at the Old Spaghetti Factory. I'm now back in my hotel room and resting up for my flight home to Nashville Saturday morning.

If you read this mid day on Saturday, I hope to be on American Airlines flying non stop to Nashville. It has been a good three weeks visiting friends and family in New York City and Seattle, riding five Amtrak trains -- the Crescent, Acela, Capitol Limited, Empire Builder and the Pacific Surfliner. Except for short trips, I plan to be home in Nashville July and August.

Here are photos documenting my day in Los Angeles.

I rode this Pacific Surfliner to Fullerton

This is the Old Spaghetti Factory in Fullerton right by the station




My favorite food - spaghetti with meat sauce

American Flag at entrance to LAX Airport right outside my hotel room window

I will work on all the photos I have taken and upload them to my photo galleries website in the next few days maybe weeks and let you know with a blog post when they are ready for you to view.

Remember you may click on any of the photos to view the full size photo.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Amtrak Vacation June 2018 - Mt. Rainier National Park June 19

Day Tour to Mt. Rainier National Park

Mt. Rainier National Park 

Today was a time of getting out and discovering the great Mt. Rainier National Park. I went with a Tours Northwest group and we were gone a full day. How fortunate that today was one of the most perfect weather days to visit this park. Lots of sunshine, warm, and partly cloudy skies were high and did not cover any of the mountain.  It was a picture perfect day to take perfect pictures. Weather was so warm in 70's I ended up in short sleeves even at the top where the visitor center and restaurant was located. The above photo captured Mt. Rainier with my transportation in front so I decided to let it be my lead photo. During the day we stopped many times for short hikes to visit water falls and check out some awesome scenic views of the park.

Tomorrow is my last day in Seattle and I've made no plans so I'll just plan to do whatever I decide tomorrow. Probably will not do a blog update tomorrow.  On Thursday, I will fly Alaska Airlines Seattle to Los Angeles for two nights in the LAX Hyatt Regency. I'm sad that I do not get to do the two day one night trip on Amtrak's Coast Starlight but I had a great ride on four Amtrak trains and visited dear friends in New York City and my great nephew and his family in Seattle. I'm ready to come home to Nashville and stay most of July, August, and September at home in Tennessee.

I took over 100 photos today in the park so you will have to wait until I update my photo galleries to see all of them.  Here are just a few selected photos without captions.



























Remember you can click on any of the photos to see the full size version.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Amtrak Vacation June 2018 - Family Time in Seattle June 18

Great Nephew Neil, Wife Megan and sons Lucas and Isaiah

Family Time in Seattle

My great nephew Neil Owen and his wife Megan live in the Seattle area so we got together tonight to eat dinner at PF Chang's in Westlake Center in downtown Seattle. We had a great time and I enjoyed catching up and spending time with them and their sons 3 year old Lucas and 3 month old Isaiah. Lucas has continued to be the "full of life" personality while I understand Isaiah is more calm. That's the family in the photo above.

Here are the photos I made while in the restaurant and then we took more photos outside.


Dad Neil and Son Isaiah

Mom Megan and Son Lucas

Us Guys 1

Us Guys 2

3 year old Lucas

3 Month Old Isaiah

Lucas and I could be a good team - He wanted to ride train with me

Lucas is full of life and "actions"


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Amtrak Vacation June 2018 - Seattle - Sunsets and Ferry Ride June 18

Sunset Over Seattle Waterfront

Sunsets and Ferry Ride

As the sun set Sunday night, I was awed by the view of the sunset on the Seattle waterfront from my suite. Since I had already shared my blog update earlier, I'm sharing the photo above and the first photo below on today's blog post. 

I walked to the ferry terminal this morning and took the Washington State Ferry to Bainbridge and back. After returning I walked to eat fish and chips for lunch at Ivar's. Yes, I know I had the same thing yesterday but i really like fish and chips and Ivar's make some of the best cod fish I have eaten. And you get to eat with the sea gulls. There are a few photos below of Ivar's.

After lunch I walked up the waterfront to the Seattle Wheel which I did not ride so that I could ride "Flying over Washington" which is a neat multi media presentation takes you flying over the attractions of this State including Mt Rainier which I plan to visit on a full day tour Tuesday.

I am meeting and having dinner with my great nephew Neil Owen and his wife Megan tonight along with their two young children Lucas and Isaiah. I met Lucas last year but get to meet Isaiah who was born this past March. I'll take photos and possibly add this to a separate post today or tomorrow.

Here are today's photos.


Seattle Sunset View from my Hotel Suite

Seattle Wheel

Riding the Washington State Ferry to Bainbridge

Riding the Washington State Ferry to Bainbridge

Riding the Washington State Ferry to Bainbridge

Riding the Washington State Ferry to Bainbridge

Smith Tower(Seattle's original skyscraper) to my hotel 

Seattle Wheel and location of "Flying over Washington"

Ivar's where I get fish and chips

Ivar's where I get fish and chips

Ivar's where I get fish and chips

Sea Gull at Ivar's

My Embassy Suites Hotel behind the King Street Amtrak Station


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