Monday, December 31, 2018

Happy New Year 2019 and Happy Travels

Amtrak's Empire Builder

Happy New Year 2019

I hope you have enjoyed a Merry Christmas and are looking forward to happiness in the New Year 2019. Hopefully, there will be some happy travels for you in the new year. 

I have gone from no travel planned as I reported on my last travel blog post to now having three trips planned in 2019 in February, April, and June. I'll let you know a few details of all three below.

If you would like to check out all my 2018 rail trips galleries here is the link:

My 2018 Holiday Season

In addition to celebrating Christmas with my church and Tennessee family, I have followed my three favorite football teams. 

First, my alma mater Louisiana Tech played and won over University of Hawaii in the Hawaii Bowl in Honolulu. LaTech has now won five bowls games in a row.

Second, for the NFL Tennessee Titans it's been a roller coaster year. Ended with a 9 wins 7 losses record. Multiple "excuses" with the injury bug chief among the excuses.

Last, my home state LSU Tigers are playing New Years Day in the Fiesta Bowl in Phoenix, Arizona.

Reagan's Travel Plans for 2019

So far, I have planned three trips during the first half of 2019.  In February, using airline miles, Amtrak guest reward points, and Hilton Honors points I am doing a mostly free hopefully "snow trip" on Amtrak's Empire Builder and City of New Orleans. I wll be driving to my home state Louisiana to visit family in early April. In June I will travel for my first time on Amtrak's Cardinal.

February 18-27 Amtrak Winter Snow Trip - Flying to Seattle from Nashville on Alaska Airlines to ride Amtrak's Empire Builder from Seattle, Washington, through Idaho, Glacier National Park, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin to Chicago. That's the "snow trip" part. From Chicago I will ride Amtrak's City of New Orleans to New Orleans. I'll fly Southwest Airlines home to Nashville. The photo above at the top of this blog post is the Empire Builder and just below are a couple more photos of the Empire Builder. I did not take these photos but obtained them from Facebook and the Internet.

April 3-10 Trip to My Louisiana Home - Dates are approximate but 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. I might extend this trip to visit close friends in Dallas/Plano, Texas area.

June 13-24 Amtrak's Cardinal and Visit to Michigan - Flying 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 by regional Amtrak train to East Lansing, Michigan, to visit my older nephew and family. He is a professor at Michigan State University. After my visit I will return to Chicago by Amtrak train. I haven't completed plans whether to fly home from Chicago or maybe add more travel. Here are a couple photos of Amtrak's Cardinal I found on the Internet.

Last I would like to share this "after Christmas" photo featuring Amtrak's Empire Builder I got off the Internet.

I'll be back with more blog posts and links to my photo galleries in February.