Monday, January 18, 2016

New Year's Journey

After the hectic holidays we decided to slip away for a few days of quiet and relaxation.  DH booked a winter trip to Chicago via Amtrak.  I must admit that I was a bit concerned about a snow disaster heading into Chicago in January, but it was a delightful trip.  


We flew up to Oakland to take the California Zephyr out of Emeryville.  We've done that trip several times as it passes through both the Sierras and the Rockies.  The scenery was spectacular with all of the snow this year.

View of San Francisco on departure.


Icy Mississippi

Frozen waterfalls.

Tracks in the snow everywhere.  We saw several large herds of elk and antelope.

I always love the sight of the train around the curves.

Majestic sunsets.
Destination.....Chicago.

Nightlights of the city.

The beautiful lobby of the Palmer House in Chicago.

The Peacock doors in the entrance of the hotel.
We flew home on Friday and I enjoyed some fun sewing over the weekend in between laundry loads.  I have completed the block assembly for Allietare.


Beth's Neighborhood Block Party continues with Irene and Ida picking it up this year.  It has always been such a fun event and I knew that I wanted to participate again this year.  This is my block for the party.


There is still time to sign up to join.  Just go here and join the fun.


Now.....I am off to see what button I clicked on my camera to get the date stamp added.....hmmm.

25 comments:

Kim said...

You were in my neck of the woods!! A train ride sounds nice. Glad you had an enjoyable trip and now time for sewing. Looks like a fun sew-along. 😊

Scrapatches said...

Looks like a beautiful trip! Thanks for sharing.
Nice blocks. You are always sew accomplished ... :) Pat

My Sister Made Me Do It.... said...

what a wonderful trip....thanks for sharing with us! And what an adorable block! Blah Blah Blah....love the truck!

Maria said...

WOW! what a spectacular trip on the train.. Such fabulous views...
Love your Wonky House with the four wheeler...

Createology said...

I absolutely love trains and this looks like a fabulous trip. Happy you had good weather. I have never been to Chicago and it looks very interesting. It is always so good to be home. Blessings...

JJ said...

That looks like such fun. I was checking into the train to get my Mom from Louisiana to Washington. I think she would enjoy it and not feel as stressed as she does flying.

Hilachas said...

Oh. Am Trac! We did that once. What a wonderful trip! thanks for sharing all the photos with us. Your house is so so cute. Love it! Thanks for joining the party!

QuiltShopGal said...

I had a business trip to Chicago in January, many years ago. I remember walking along the river, absolutely freezing, but thoroughly enjoying every minute. Lights, crisp air, snow, cold - all of it was fun. But how exciting for you to have a train trip, with the love of your life. Yeap, you've inspired me to go back to Chicago and hopefully by way of a train.

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sunny said...

I've always wanted to take a train trip cross country. Looks like you had a wonderful time. Thanks for sharing all the pics.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

What a nice trip, Mary! I had lunch at the Hancock Tower once...was fantastic!!!!

Quilting Babcia said...

A cross-country train trip sounds like such fun! Would love to do that someday. Have never explored Chicago other than the infamous O'Hare airport, sigh ...

beth s said...

a train trip is on my bucket list! Love your house block. So FUN!

Cori Blunt said...

Hello Mary, that looks like such a nice trip. What lovely pictures! I have always wanted to go on a train...someday. I am up to the same thing as you today.... a little sewing between laundry loads. My, but I have too many to count I am sad to say. At least that means a bunch of sewing will get done, and what am I sewing you ask....more clothes...lol.

SuperMomNoCape said...

I've always wanted to take a long train trip like that! So glad you enjoyed it.

I love your house block. I'm planning to join in for the first time... just need to get my scraps out and get going.

barbara woods said...

Great trip, just what you needed

Wacky Woman said...

That trip sounds divine!

Sheila said...

Wonderful photos of your trip , sure looks interesting . Nice blocks too :-)

✾Jamie Lee Cooley✾ said...

What a cute house block! The window is so funny. The train ride sounds like a good idea. My daughter wants to go to NYC for her vacation this summer and wants to fly. I'm trying to talk her into the train...

Nat Palaskas said...

I love love train travels. Might try winter train ride one day. The view from your trip looks fantastic. You know, I have been to Chicago? Only at the airport, when our flight did a quick stopped there on our way to Seattle!
Beth's Neighborhood block party looks fun. Enjoy xx

Teresa in Music City said...

I've often thought hubby and I would enjoy a train trip! Yours sounds just lovely! I have to admit, I would never have ventured to Chicago at this time of year. I was there years ago just before Christmas and almost got snowed in - with two little kids back in Carolina needing me to be home for Christmas morning - yikes! It was the coldest I have ever been in my life too! But the city was beautiful and I would love to go back sometime - maybe in June!

em's scrapbag said...

My daughter and I want to take this trip. Your pictures make me want to even more. Love your house block.

Joyful Quilter said...

Looks like you had a great trip. Thanks for sharing the pictures.

Your house blocks are ADORABLE! Love the Blah window.

Gosia @ Quilts My Way said...

Your block with the tractor is absolutely awesome. Great choice of fabrics - very modern :)

Anne / Springleaf Studios said...

Looks like you had a nice trip. My husband has always wanted to take a train trip. Any tips on riding and sleeping on trains?

Barbara said...

Looks great fun.