|1965 Great Northern Empire Builder|
COVID-19 Update September 2020
After six months self isolating at home, I am beginning to get out more including walking at the nearby mall with mask for exercise during the very hot summer days here in Tennessee and the too fast approaching colder weather of Fall and Winter. I am still not doing any group activities. And travel has been put on hold until into 2021. I have decided not to even try to travel to my home State Louisiana to visit family until next calendar year. That's sad but I am saving money not traveling.
Physically and health wise I am doing very well and have my type 2 diabetes well under control with a good A1C number and daily blood sugar readings.
Yes, I am getting exercise but I do confess to watching way more streaming services including Netflix, Amazon Prime, UP Faith and Family, and Disney+. My favorite series is Heartland about a Canadian Ranch family. I watched all 11 seasons on Netflix last summer 2019 and then added UP Faith and Family to watch seasons 12 and 13 recently and I know a Season 14 will be available next year.
1965 Great Norther Empire Builder - My First Train Trip
When you stay at home, you find time to do many things. One of the things I did was to dig out my old Kodachrome Slides I took in 1960's and 1970's to find in particular slides I took on my very first long distance overnight train ride. I sent the slides to ScanCafe to have them scan and convert the slides to digital photos. Although cameras and photo processing have greatly improved, I am happy to now have the photos updated to my photo galleries. Since the slides were over 50 years old they did fade so the photos are not anywhere near the quality of my current photos. Just the same, I hope you will enjoy checking them out.
This was my very first long distance train trip. Up until that point, I had only ridden Kansas City Southern's Southern Belle between North Louisiana and Baton Rouge and New Orleans. So this 23 year old while living in New Orleans, LA, planned my May 1965 trip to travel via sleeper car from New Orleans to Chicago on Illinois Central's all Pullman Panama Limited and actually had to change train stations in Chicago to board Great Northern's Empire Builder to Seattle, WA. I spent approximately a week in Seattle and most of the photos are of the Seattle area as it was in 1965. While the Space Needle was there, the highest building was the Smith Tower and that is the building some of the photos show and from which I took some view photos. In one of the photos, you will see evidence that Seattle had recently experienced an earthquake. One special memory of my time in Seattle was that is where I went to the theater to see the new movie SOUND OF MUSIC starring Julie Andrews. Oh, how many times I have seen that movie since. After the week in Seattle, I returned on the Great Northern Empire Builder with it's full length dome for sleeper passengers to Chicago and then the Illinois Central Panama Limited back to New Orleans.
Interestingly, I had no idea that later in 1965 I would change jobs and begin an auditor training program with what is now the Federal Highway Administration moving first to Baton Rouge, then to Washington, DC, and lastly to Roseburg, Riddle, Oregon for training. I was in Oregon from Easter to early July 1966, just south of the State of Washington. So I have a special affinity to the Pacific Northwest. To complete the history story, when I completed my training assignment I was transferred first to Atlanta, GA, before being asked to move to Nashville, TN, in August 1966. So after 2 careers - 16 years with the Federal Highway Administration and 24 years with Southern Baptist Sunday School Board/LifeWay Christian Resources - I am enjoying my retirement life still here in Nashville. And that 23 year old will turn 79 in October 2020.
By the way, you can view all the photos of my gallery by clicking this photo or caption below:
1965 Great Northern Empire Builder