Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Train Trip to Omaha...
Mr. C and I recently took a train trip from Colfax California to Omaha Nebraska. Just because we could and Mr. C (Wayne) wanted an adventure. Our SNOW train to Reno in January wasn't enough for him so off we went. Here is the link to that post http://createology.blogspot.com/2017/01/wayne-on-train.html
It was 2 nights so we had a "Roomette". I think this is a misnomer Amtrak.
This is our Roomette and it is an economy of scale. My elbows touch both sides of our room. Of course I neglected to take a photo of our bunk beds made up for nighttime. The grey slanted top is the bunk that folds down. Mr. C had the top and it was very claustrophobic with NO room to even turn over. There is not to be any sleeping on the train due to the herky jerky motions and the bumpy noisy ride. We were beyond exhausted when we arrived in Omaha.
What the train is excellent for is the scenery you get to enjoy along the way. This is the Truckee River heading to Reno. Sitting back and relaxing and watching the miles go by is wonderful.
There were miles and miles of these flattop ranges...somewhere in Utah I believe. We got to sit in the observation car and look out the windows. We also met lots of interesting folks having their train adventures. Train travel is not cheap nor is it quick. Amtrak shares the rail lines that belong to the big boys like Union Pacific and Southern Pacific. Freight trains rule and have priority at all times. If you travel on Amtrak just be aware that there are no SET schedules...merely "suggested" schedules. We ran late at all stops.
We followed the Colorado River for 235 miles which is amazing! My photography through windows and smudges and blotches is not very good but my memories are quite clear.
The Colorado Rockies were spectacular! We did see Fall colors even though they had not had their necessary cold snap yet so the colors were coming slowly.
Relaxing and enjoying the scenery was pure Bliss! We just needed sleep. We arrived in Omaha almost three hours late. There was no one in the building to help us. There were no taxis to take us to the airport where the only auto rentals are. There was no cell service for Mr. C and therefore no Uber app or way to call them. I was able to call my sister and family and let them know we are late to the reunion. No worries...
I will share that adventure next time.
So glad to be home and enjoy our gorgeous Fall colors. Our house sitter was a gem and took excellent care while we were gone. Still no offers...
Beautiful days to each of you and I will be visiting y'all very soon. Grateful Blessings...xo