Instead of taking a plane we took Amtrak. It is truly so much fun taking a relaxing train trip across parts of the states that are not accessible by car or plane. I can remember taking the train back to Iowa once our family moved to California. It was always so much fun. DH is also a fan of train travel and we have taken many train trips over the years.
This trip we took a more southern route via the Southwest Chief. Leaving Los Angeles at 6:45 p.m., we traveled through the desert during the nightime hours. We managed to get a sleeper car and there is nothing quite like being rocked to sleep by the swaying on the tracks. The fellow travelers we met along the way were such fun. It is just a great way to journey.
I will make this a two part story so I can show you some of the pictures of our train trip.
Los Angeles Union Station.
The beautiful lobby of the train station in L.A.
The old ticket booths, now vacant, and the gorgeous inlaid marble floors.
Meeting Henry, our porter, for the journey,
First sunrise over the Southwest.
Sunrise in Kansas City on the second morning.
Reflection of the K.C. Union Station in a glass building.
Union Station in K.C.
Along with it's gorgeous ceiling
Arrival at Chicago's Union Station.
Again, the old terminal sits mostly as a work of art of bygone days.
One place that we always enjoy staying when we visit Chicago is The Palmer House. To us, there is a lot of history. My mother spent a weekend there in college and my in-laws met up there after the war. I can just imagine my MIL sitting in the grand and elegant lobby as she awaited the arrival of my FIL after his years in the war. They had only been married a few weeks before he was shipped off.
The Palmer House entrance.
The famous Tiffany Peacock doors at the entry.
The grand lobby of the Palmer House.
I could sit and stare at the ceiling for hours. Simply breathtaking.
View of Lake Michigan from our room on the 22nd floor.
The next day we purchased a transit card and decided to go out to see Wriggley Field. I could almost hear the roar of the crowd as we stepped off the Red Line. Chicago fans are great baseball fans.
So much so that they actually build bleachers on top of their homes, businesses, etc. to catch a glimpse of what is going on IN the stadium. Can you imagine the fun that these fans must have???
More to follow..........