I’m glad to be back home. Tony is settled in Nebraska. Total drive/ride time to Nebraska, 22 hours, plus 4.5 to Denver. The way back, about 3.5 hours! I’m thankful for air travel. Overall, I had a good time and I’m glad that I did it, but it was tiring. Hobbs is back with me, snoozing comfortably in his bed, a welcome sight.
I took this top photo from the California Zephyr, the Amtrak train that I caught from McCook, Nebraska. It was my first train ride and it was great. It was very comfortable, lots of leg room, good views, and a nice rocking motion that made it easier to go to sleep. I was able to snooze a little bit, unlike my neighbor, and fellow passenger, Laurie, who lived in Denver. She, too, was dropping her son off at school. He got a scholarship to play baseball, Tony, to play basketball.
I must admit that when I arrived at the terminal at 3:10 A.M., I thought that I’d be the only person getting on the train, but that was not the case. It was Laurie, another guy, and myself. Also, there was a 70+ year old man waiting for the return of his wife. He kept us entertained, somewhat, with stories of his youth and his experience riding the trains.
The train was about an hour late, but we made up 1/2 hour of that on the way to Denver, arriving only 30 minutes behind schedule. I met up with Monte, we hung out for about 6 hours or so. He dropped me at my hotel, and I sank into the sheets, sleeping several hours.
This morning, I was up and at ‘em at 4:00 AM MDT, caught my flight at 6:00, and ended up back home around 2:30 PM EDT. I’ll say it again, I’m thankful for air travel, and for friends like Monte. It was a wonderful second meeting. We talked lots more than we photographed, but that was just fine with me!
Thanks for the hospitality, Monte! BTW, while we were there, we spotted Nessie!