Chicago Skyline from Navy Pier Chicago's Navy Pier - June 19 Visited Navy Pier on a cool day with fog covering the city. As these selected photos below show there are many touring, entertaining, and eating options available at the pier. Enjoy the ...

 

Amtrak's Cardinal and Michigan Trip - Chicago Navy Pier June 19 and more...



Amtrak's Cardinal and Michigan Trip - Chicago Navy Pier June 19

Chicago Skyline from Navy Pier

Chicago's Navy Pier - June 19

Visited Navy Pier on a cool day with fog covering the city. As these selected photos below show there are many touring, entertaining, and eating options available at the pier. Enjoy the photos.











Chicago Dog - My favorite Chicago food

Remember to click on the photos to see a full size version.  

I'm off to East Lansing, Michigan, Thursday to visit and spend four nights with my nephew Charles and wife Mary. Looking forward to Michigan sightseeing and spending time with Charles and Mary. My next blog update will cover my visit to Michigan.


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Amtrak's Cardinal and Michigan Trip - Chicago July 17-19

Above the clouds over Chicago on top of the John Hancock Building


Chicago July 17-19

A visit to the Museum of Science and Industry and a visit to the top of the John Hancock Building highlight my time in Chicago. The Museum of Science and Industry is one of my favorite because of their really large model railroad layout. In the selected photos below you will note that this layout included a model size Seattle, WA, including the Space Needle but also King Street Station from which I take Amtrak's Empire Builder. I also was impressed by the Extreme Ice exhibit about the melting of the ice glaciers resulting from climate change, the submarine U-505, and circus exhibits. Here are some selected photos from the Museum.











Seattle's King Street Station







I also visited the top of the John Hancock Building on Michigan Avenue. I was really impressed with the clouds coming in over the skyline below me from 94 floors in the air. Also at the bottom of the John Hancock Building I discovered a Benehina Japanese Restaurant where I did eat an early dinner. Here are selected photos from my visit to the John Hancock Building.














And here is a photo of a Chicago Water Taxi. I've never ridden one.



Don't forget you can click on the photos for a full size photo.

Thursday evening I head to East Lansing, Michigan, to visit with my nephew Charles and his wife Mary for four nights. My next blog update will cover my visit to Michigan.

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Amtrak's Cardinal and Michigan Trip - Traveling on Amtrak's Cardinal June 16-17

Boarding Amtrak's Cardinal 

Traveling Amtrak's Cardinal Washington, DC, to Chicago June 16-17

Headed to DC's Union Station early Sunday morning to board Amtrak's Cardinal for the 24 hours trip to Chicago through Virginia and West Virginia during the daylight hours and then overnight through Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana. The trip was basically on time and we arrived Chicago 10:24 AM Monday morning. It was a pleasant trip with only a couple opportunities to get off the train for a fresh air break notably Charlottesville, VA, and Huntington, WV. We did travel along the New River for a while and I took photos although the windows were not clear and afternoon sun created glaring conditions along the river.  Nevertheless, here are several selected photos from the trip. Remember you can click on the photos to see a full size version.


















After arriving in Chicago, my hotel THE WIT Hotel a Doubletree by Hilton already had my chosen room so I checked in and settled in for my three night stay. The photos below are the view of the Chicago River from my 20th floor room.



THE WIT Hotel



I'll post my Chicago activities and selected photos tomorrow.
  
 

Amtrak's Cardinal and Michigan Trip - Last Day in DC June 15

FREEDOM IS NOT FREE Korean War Memorial

Last Day In Washington, DC - June 15

Last day in DC, I slept just a little later and then headed to Arlington National Cemetery, Lincoln Memorial, and the Korean War Memorial. Added to the first two days makes "Reagan" just a bit tired.  As I have revisited these places and memorials I have been to previously, I consciously thought of my parents and bringing them with me late 1970's or early 1980's to visit Williamsburg, VA, Thomas Jefferson's home Monticello, and Washington, DC. In DC, we took a guided tour traveling between sights on a motorcoach and visited the monuments, the Capitol Building inside, and Mount Vernon. Great sentimental memories. I'm so glad I could do that for mom and dad.

Incidentally, my first trip to DC was in 1961 while a college student after working during the summer in Roanoke, VA. My next visit was for three months January through March 1966 while training in the national headquarters for what is now the Federal Highway Administration. As a Federal Employee 1964-1979, I actually visited for business several times and now I come occasionally as a retired senior adult.

The lead photo FREEDOM IS NOT FREE is from the Korean War Memorial. That statement is so true. Visiting Arlington Cemetery brought thoughts of dying to this 77 year old and seeing all the tombstones. I'm hoping if not on my tombstone, there will be the verses Proverbs 3:5-6 associated with me. I do claim them as my life verses. Visiting with Abraham Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial I was reminded of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and though President during the Civil War, he respected all persons and did not yield to the evil of slavery. As I leave our nation's capital tomorrow I pray that we can be a nation that honors the theme "One for ALL and ALL for one." 

I've already packed my large suitcase and took it on the light rail to Union Station and checked it for tomorrow's trip. This way I can again use the light rail to go the "one stop" back to Union Station in the morning with my carry on luggage to carry in my roomette on the train with me. That arrangement is just the best for this senior adult's safety. I don't want to make unnecessary falls.

And now for the selected photos of my visits to Arlington Cemetery, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Korean War Memorial. By the way you can click on the photos to see full size photos.






















Thanks for traveling with me via this blog.  Tomorrow night I will be traveling overnight on Amtrak's Cardinal passing through West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio on the way to Chicago. Chicago will be more relaxation time and less sightseeing. Either Monday or Tuesday, I will post several photos of my trip on Amtrak's Cardinal.



  
 

Amtrak's Cardinal and Michigan Trip - Surprise Update from Washington DC June 14

Lunch with Amtrak friend John

Surprise Update from Washington, DC, June 14

I know I promised another update tomorrow night June 15 but today had two special events so here is tonight's update. 

First special event was eating lunch with one of my blog subscribers who just happens to be a retiree from Amtrak's headquarters here in DC. My blog now has 97 subscribers and several of them are fellow Amtrak fans whom I have never met. John is one of those subscribers and until he contacted me a few days ago I was not really aware of who he was. He sent me an email suggesting we get together for lunch while I was in DC. He did tell me he had retired from Amtrak about 3 years ago. So I accepted and he picked me up and we had a good time conversing about my Amtrak adventures. That is John in the lead photo above with me. He brought another Amtrak retiree who took the photo for me.

Second special event and really was not planned was a three hour boat ride instead of a planned two hour boat ride.experience. The boat crew told me I did not have to get off the boat when I got to Alexandria since it would return back to The Wharf Waterfront in DC. Well this boat did not return immediately to The Wharf but instead continued on down the Potomac River to the National Harbor adding another hour to my two hour boat ride. Yes, we returned back to the Wharf after making a second stop in Alexandria. So I should have gotten off in Alexandria and taken the next boat that would return to The Wharf in DC. Why do I know that? Well, because the next boat back to DC was waiting for us as we left Alexandria going to National Harbor so that they could pull into the dock to load. And the return ticket's time matched that boat time arriving at the Alexandria dock.

Since that 3 hour boat ride took up the rest of my afternoon, I plan to return to the Old Town Trolley Hop On Hop Off tour tomorrow for a day time visit to the Lincoln Memorial, other nearby memorial areas, and then across the Potomac River to Arlington Cemetery. I will do another update tomorrow night before leaving Sunday morning for my overnight train ride on Amtrak's Cardinal to Chicago. I do an update on the train ride Monday or Tuesday from Chicago.

Here are a few of the photos I took on the way to The Wharf and on my three hour boat ride. 















Thanks for traveling with me via my blog.