Friday, January 10, 2020

Six Weeks Until My Trip on the California Zephyr Chicago to Emeryville(San Francisco)



SIX WEEKS UNTIL MY TRIP ON AMTRAK'S CALIFORNIA ZEPHYR FEBRUARY 21-MARCH 7, 2020

Yes, It is just six weeks until I depart on my first 2020 trip. I fly from Nashville, TN, to Chicago Friday, February 21, and depart from Chicago on Amtrak's California Zephyr Tuesday, February 25, to Emeryville, CA, and five nights at the Hyatt House Hotel in Emeryville across the Bay from San Francisco. Then on Tuesday, March 3, I will re-board the California Zephyr for return trip to Chicago and flight Saturday, March 7, home to Nashville.

I wanted to share this 22 minute YOU TUBE video of a very recent trip of the California Zephyr from Chicago to Emeryville which is the same trip I hope to experience. Of course the snowy weather cannot be accurately predicted but is probable on much of the trip. I have ridden the Zephyr several times but not in 2019 so I'm ready to travel again on my favorite of all the Amtrak trains.

To see the video click on the photo at top of this page or CLICK HERE to see the video. 

I'll be back in February to share my travel on this trip.  

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Merry Christmas 2019

Merry Christmas 

Memories of Reagan's 2019 Travel

I've actually been home in Tennessee since returning from my October trip to my home State Louisiana. And I'll be here until February 21, 2020. I will fly Southwest Airlines to Chicago, IL, from where I will depart on Amtrak's California Zephyr to Emeryville(San Francisco), CA for a five night Winter Break staying at the Hyatt House Hotel. I will then return on Amtrak's California Zephyr back to Chicago and a Southwest Airlines flight home to Nashville, TN. Yes, I've made this same trip a few times. The California Zephyr is my favorite Amtrak train and Emeryville is one of my favorite destinations so this a a "get away" trip. Trip dates will be February 21 to March 7.

Since there is a long break from October 2019 to February 2020, I've selected several photos representing my 2019 travel highlights to share as you and I celebrate Christmas and the upcoming New Year 2020. Hope you enjoy.



















I've planned two more trips in first half of 2020April 16-30 I be riding Amtrak's Texas Eagle/Sunset Limited/Coast Starlight from Chicago to Emeryville via St. Louis, Dallas/Fort Worth, TX, San Antonio, TX, El Paso, TX, Tucson, AZ, and Los Angeles. After a few days in the Bay Area, CA, I will ride Amtrak's California Zephyr back to Chicago. I will fly Southwest Airlines from Nashville, TN, to and from Chicago.

May 12-19 I will fly home to Shreveport, Louisiana, via American Airlines. While there I will be attending my friend Macy's high school graduation and also visiting with my Louisiana family. Will return home from Shreveport to Nashville via American Airlines.

No plans at this time for the last half of 2020. I do know that this being my 79th year, my travels are slowing down. 

I hope for you at this season is that you celebrate the birth of Jesus with a renewal of faith and you Turn Your eyes upon Jesus, Look full in His wonderful face and the things of Earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace." 

Click here to view and hear this wonderful chorus on You Tube:

 Look for my travel updates later in February 2020.



Sunday, October 27, 2019

October 2019 - Celebrating 78th Birthday In Nashville and Northwest Louisiana

Celebrating 78th Birthday at My Louisiana Home

October 17 - Celebrating 78th Birthday in Nashville and Northwest Louisiana

Feeling good as I celebrate 78 years since I was born in Ruston, Louisiana, October 17, 1941. Yes, I claim to be a Pearl Harbor baby having arrived on this earth less than two months before Pearl Harbor was attacked December 7, 1941.

My two best Tennessee friends Russ and Daniel kicked off the birthday celebration with a birthday lunch at Toyama Japanese Steakhouse here in Nashville a week early before I drove to Louisiana for my 60th Minden High School Reunion and and Family time in Louisiana. The reunion was a good time of fellowship and remembering. I enjoyed the day but took no photos.

With my Louisiana family I participated in a "gender reveal" party for my great niece Cheri and husband Mathew and a birthday lunch and cake for my 78th birthday. I think this was my first time to be home in Louisiana since moving to Tennessee in 1966 for my actual birthday. As you may tell from the photos below, Cheri and Matt are expecting a baby boy in March 2020.  

Before returning home to Nashville, I enjoyed having lunch with my long time friend Todd Young and wife Amy and daughter Macy.  Daughter Sadie is second year student at my alma mater Louisiana Tech University and was not able to be with us.

I did not upload photos to my photo galleries but am sharing these photos below as photo documentary of my celebration here and my trip home to Louisiana.




With Daniel and Russ celebrating in Nashville

Arriving in my birth State Louisiana

My sisters Pat and Shirley with me at the gender reveal
Shirley will be baby Jack's great grandmother

Dad Matt, Grandmother Sandra, Mother Cheri and Aunt Jessica
Opening the Cookie Cake

Cookie Cake Identifies the Mickey or Minnie Theme

Blue Smoke Revealed the Baby will be a Boy




It's A Boy!

Yep! Mom and Dad just found out they are having a boy

Dad Matt and Mom Cheri

My First Birthday Cake in many years

A Happy 78 Year Old Reagan

Sunday Lunch with long time friend Todd and Macy and Amy.
Todd grew up in Nashville and moved to Shreveport several years ago



Reagan's Travel Plans for 2020

My planned trip to Disney World December 1-7, 2019, has been cancelled for personal reasons so my next travel will be in 2020.

February 23 to March 7 - Winter Trip 2020 Emeryville, CA - Traveling Amtrak's California Zephyr from Chicago to Emeryville, CA, for a five night visit to the San Francisco Bay Area and then returning to Chicago via Amtrak's California Zephyr. This my favorite train and one of my favorite destinations. Will fly to and from Chicago from Nashville.

April 19 to April 30 - Amtrak Spring Trip - Traveling Amtrak's Texas Eagle through St. Louis, Dallas, San Antonio, El Paso and Tucson to Los Angeles where I will same day connect to Amtrak's Coast Starlight to Emeryville, CA, for a three night stay before returning to Chicago on Amtrak's California Zephyr.

Mid May - Louisiana Trip - Traveling to my Louisiana home to visit with family including my new great great nephew Jack and to attend high school graduation May 14 for dear friend Macy.


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


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Thursday, October 3, 2019

Glacier National Park September 2019 - Galleries Ready to View



Glacier National Park September 2019


Glacier National Park September 2019 - Galleries Ready to View

What a great visit I had to Glacier National Park and the Glacier Park Lodge. The trip began with a three day stay in Seattle, Washington, including a day visiting with family - great nephew Neil, wife Megan, and two sons Lucas and Isaac. Lunch at their home and an afternoon visit to the Museum of Flight. In between Seattle and Chicago I rode Amtrak's Empire Builder to Glacier Park Lodge for a three night visit before continuing on the Empire Builder to Chicago, Illinois, for another three night visit. Flights on American Airlines and Southwest Airlines began my trip from Nashville to Seattle and then from Chicago home to Nashville. I should note that one week after I departed from the Park, it snowed 28 inches at Glacier Park Lodge and 45 inches at St. Mary, the eastern entrance to the National Park.

I have now updated my photo galleries and the Glacier National Park trip galleries are ready for you to view.  Click on the photos below to view the galleries.

All Five Galleries Glacier National Park
September 2019




Seattle


Neil Owen Family in Seattle

Amtrak's Empire Builder

Glacier Park Lodge


Inside Glacier National Park

Chicago

I am heading to my Louisiana home in October for my 60th Minden High School reunion. I will post a couple updates but since this is a family time together there will be not scenic photo galleries.

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Reagan's Travel Plans for 2019


I have two more trips planned this calendar year.  

October 13-23 - 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. Planning to stay with my niece Sandra while home in Louisiana.

December 1-7 Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort, Orlando, Florida - Reservations have been made for the Resort. Flights are reserved on Southwest Airlines. Purpose is to visit Disney World during the Christmas season.


Reagan's Travel Plans for 2020

February 23 to March 7 - Winter Trip 2020 Emeryville, CA - Traveling Amtrak's California Zephyr from Chicago to Emeryville, CA, for a five night visit to the San Francisco Bay Area and then returning to Chicago via Amtrak's California Zephyr. This my favorite train and one of my favorite destinations. Will fly to and from Chicago from Nashville.




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Monday, September 23, 2019

Glacier National Park September 2019 - Chicago, My Kind of Town

Chicago, The Water Tower and Prudential Towers

Chicago, My Kind of Town

Maybe not really my kind of town, but I like Chicago enough that I have re loadable Ventra Card which is the public transportation card for paying for the light rail and buses, etc. Actually for this trip Chicago was my transfer from rail travel to airline travel. I now have a favorite Chicago hotel, the Doubletree THE WIT Hotel. The staff is very friendly and they always make sure I get the spa room over looking the Chicago River - only one such room on each floor. 

Arriving after midnight on Saturday(or early Sunday morning) and staying for rainy Sunday and sunny Monday, I got a chance to get out and walk a lot mainly Centennial Park on Michigan Avenue and then further north on Michigan Avenue to visit the Miracle Mile. So the photos below are from those walks.

I am already checked in for my 12:15 PM Southwest Airlines flight home to Nashville tomorrow Tuesday so this is the last update post for this trip until I get all my trip photos posted on Reagan's Photo Galleries. I will do a final update post to let you know the photo galleries are ready to view. 

Here are 21 of the photos I took here in Chicago.

This is the Chicago River view from my hotel room





















I will be home only 2 1/2 weeks before traveling to my Louisiana home for my 60th high school reunion and to celebrate my 78th birthday with family.