To meet the train
These travels occurred in late September/early October 2021. The posts are gathered under the ‘Travel’ category (top right of page) and numbered to indicate the order in which they should be read.
My wife and I decided to take a trip in celebration of our retirement. On Jeopardy she saw a 13 day Amtrak train trip with visits to Yellowstone, Yosemite and The Grand Canyon national parks with stops in L.A. and San Francisco offered as a prize. So, all of a sudden the planning for our trip was done. On Tuesday 9/236/21 we had an uneventful 6 AM flight to Chicago to meet the train. The flight actually landed 35 minutes early!
While killing time waiting for the train departure a young artist sitting nearby asked for my opinion if an email he received about selling his art on line looked like a scam or not. It looked legit to me and I gave him advice on how to proceed and protect himself. Later it dawned on me that I never asked about his art. I wasn’t in vacation mode yet and was focused on my own plans. I’ll have to get better at mingling. We took a taxi from Midway Airport to Union Station. Our kamikaze driver continuously cut across 4 lanes of stop and go highway traffic; he was driving the way I’d like to if I wasn’t concerned about insurance rates.
Our train left right on time and we were shown to our roomette. Small doesn’t begin to describe it. I was reminded of the old saying that you had step outside to change your mind. I have included a picture of my wife relaxing in our room.
More in the next post…