Monthly Archives: September 2009

Finally, a real vacation

So today Nikki and I begin our first vacation without Skyler since she was born 3 years ago. And thanks to Lisa (and Chris) for letting us use her (their) timeshare for the week.

Backing up. Nikki and I have been wanting to go somewhere on a vacation as adults – not parents – for some time now. Skyler is big enough to stay with Grammie or Grandma now. The timeshare opportunity came up and we jumped on the chance. Fast forward a few months and here I am sitting on “The Sunset Limited” at 6am. Dave was nice enough to drive us here way earlier than God should allow people to be awake. We arrived at a small train station in north downtown Houston. Checked in and sat for a little bit. It was pretty cool to see the artifacts on the walls about the history of each of the lines that run through this station. There is the Burlington Northern that runs Dallas to Ft. Worth to Houston. Another runs north to Chicago.
The Sunset Limited runs from Los Angeles to New Orleans. The train used to divide up by individual cars and get ferried across the Mississippi river. That is until Dec 17, 1935. A bridge was built at a cost of $13,000,000. According to the wall of the station that bridge still is considered an engineering marvel.

I would like to say I’m going to blog about the trip every day. But we all know that’s not going to happen. So I’ll update as I can and we will see what happens. But for now, peace.