So this morning found me awaking to Kansas City. It was a longer stop so I had a chance to get out and walk a bit. Unfortunately, there were some buildings between the skyline and myself. However, I did like the way the light was hitting the bridge, so here is my shot.
So I caught the Coast Starlight from Emeryville to head down to LA. It is actually a continuation of part of the route I took last year. Now, I see why it is called the Coast Starlight as it followed the Pacific Coast for quite a while. Looking out at the Pacific Ocean. Sunset on the Coast Starlight.
As always, this is but a sampling. More to follow later.
I am now on my way to Los Angeles for the next part of my trip.
This is a shot of the train that will take me there. This particular route is called the Coast Starlight which goes from Seattle to Los Angeles. I am taking the part of the route I did not take last year. This means I will be seeing new things and it should be fun.
So today began with me waking up to a sunrise in Nevada. I will admit, I didn't take that many pictures as western Nevada isn't all that intersting. Then we got into the Sierra Nevadas. This is Donner Lake, named after the famed Donner Party. Of which I will post more about when I get home. I didn't take that many pictures of the Sierra Nevadas as it was mostly lunctime and I didn't take my camera with me to the diner car.
I also managed to snag a little time down in San Francisco today. But not that much as it was late and I was tired and just wanted to get back to the hotel.
Anyways, I will post more pictures when I get home.
So I am now on my way to Emeryville which is near San Francisco. I am on the cool part of the California Zephyr. Denver was very nice and I enjoyed meeting friends that I haven't seen in a while. I didn't get to the Rockies game which means I need to come back this way.
This is a picture from the hotel from last night. The lighting was just about perfect for me. The Denver skyline.
Never thought I could get a history lesson from the engines. This was in the train yard at Denver. We passed through a BNSF yard and then a Union Pacific yard. It was pretty cool.
So today I went to the Denver Zoo. It is a pretty nice zoo except that it rained today. Fortunately, there are many indoor exhibits so it was too bad. One of the wandering peacocks. I think these are prerequisite for any zoo. It seems that every zoo I visit has these.
One of the lions. The Denver Zoo has a pretty nice lion enclosure. There is a glass wall so that the animals can get pretty close.
A cheetah. They don't have these at the Detroit Zoo, so I thought it was pretty cool to see.
So I am on the rails again. Should be a fun time. I will have a very brief stop in Chicago, then I will continue to Denver and stay there a couple days. Then it is off to San Francisco for an overnight stay. After that, I head down to Los Angeles for another overnight stay. Then it's back to Chicago and subsequently home. Should be exciting, I hope.
The Wolverine as it approaches the Ann Arbor Station. In Chicago, I will be boarding the California Zephyr to Denver. From Denver, I continue on the Zephyr heading to Frisco. In Frisco, I get on the Coast Starlight to Los Angeles. From Los Angeles, it is the Southwest Chief to Chicago and then back on the Wolverine to home.
The lake next to the Barton Dam. I tried to get a picture of the dam, but the sun was right behind it. Oh well.
The Conductor taking tickets. This is one of the reasons why I like train travel. It is like a trip back in time. Plus it is way more comfortable than air travel.
I will try to post daily to keep you on my travels and I will do more detailed posts when I am back in Ypsi.
I honestly don't think I can get tired of taking pictures of the Detroit Skyline from Belle Isle. As I have said repeatedly, I think it is one of the best angles for Detroit. It shows it off in its full glory I think. For this shot, I wanted to focus on the flowered tree in the front, so the skyline is a little blurry.
Same with this one. I wanted more of the trees in front.
This was shot in manual mode because I wanted the proper settings for the sky so that I could get the shafts of light in the shot. I really like how it turned out.
Same with this one. I wish the river were just a little calmer so I could have gotten the reflection of the city in the shot.
These are a couple boats I took pictures of while I was waiting for the ships. One of many pleasure craft that ply the waters of Michigan. I wouldn't be at all surprised if I saw a stat somewhere that said Michigan had the largest number of pleasure craft. When I was first taking a picture of this boat, I thought it was going to say "White Flight".
A Coast Guard boat in pursuit of someone.
Or maybe donuts. Just kidding, the Coast Guard performs a valuable service and oftentimes a thankless service.