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
Posted by Createology at 11:13 AM
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It sounds like quite an adventure!! I've always wanted to take a train trip but the closest I've come is from Albany to New York City. It was a short one but scenic!! Your photos are so beautiful!! I hope you've been able to catch up on your rest!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)ReplyDelete
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Haven't gone on a train before other than the Rail Runner to Santa Fe and the Cumbres and Toltec one from NM to CO, which is really a long ride for the fun of it. Looks like the scenery was worth it.ReplyDelete
I have always dreamed of traveling 'out west' on the train but perhaps the sleeping arrangements leave something to be desired. Interesting to know that the schedule ends up being so 'flexible' - you'd think they would have to adhere to it more than they obviously do. The scenery had to make up for a multitude of discomforts though.ReplyDelete
Oh Sherry it must have been exhausting , but also so very beautiful.ReplyDelete
Your photos of golden autumn are spectacular , those Rockies are a gorgeous view ,and the river running with mountains high above magic. You might know there are no such adventures to make in Denmark, where we only have hills and no mountains !
Dear friend, I received your envelope today , thank you so very much, I will pm you later,- so sweet of you Sherry .
Hugs from me, and so good you are safe home ,again !! xoxo
I’ve never traveled by train! It’s on my wishlist, but maybe I’ll move it closer to the bottom. I have to have my sleep!ReplyDelete
What a wonderful, exhausting trip, my dear. Your photographs are a taste of just how beautiful the scenery was, and it's great that you were able to spend the time together, even though your sleeping accommodations were less than spacious.ReplyDelete
I hope you made it to the family reunion and that you had a special time with your family.
Thank you for sharing your trip with us, Sherry.
Oh my gosh Sherry, I remember your train ride to Reno and still laugh about it! This one sounds like it is another adventure, I don't think I could have slept in that tiny claustrophobic space but the noise wouldn't have bothered me. As you know we live along the river and the train tracks are close enough to our bedroom windows that if there was a derailment.....it might end up in our bed! That is terrible that there was no one at the depot to help you, thank goodness you had family you could call. Can't wait to hear more!ReplyDelete