Last week Reagan and I rode the Amtrak to Colorado to surprise my brothers for their 16th birthday. I decided to take Amtrak because Reagan doesn't sit on laps, which isn't a big deal most of the time, unless you're trying to go to church or ride on an airplane. I thought that the train would be less restrictive than the plane and therefore a little bit easier. Overall, it was great. There were a few moments where I wasn't sure we were going to survive (that pretty much happens daily though), but thankfully most of the ride went well.
One of the tricky parts was that the train ride was 15 hours long (much longer than the 1 hour flight, or 8 hour drive) but I thought, why not go for it? I'll be an adventure! Plus, it was about $120 cheaper than a flight would have been. The other tricky part was that we had to board the train at 3:30am! And you'd think that Reagan would be tired at 3 in the morning, however she was WIDE awake. Haha! She did sleep a tiny bit from 5:00-5:45, but that was it for the morning.
We watched the sunrise and set out our windows, read lots of books, ate 3 meals, saw lots of gorgeous views, got off the train at a few of the stops for some fresh air, saw lots of cows, and napped (Thankfully Reagan took her usual afternoon nap, and slept for a good 2 hours and 15 minutes).
^^I wish I could have spent the entire ride in the Observation Car, however it was much harder to wrangle a baby in there, so we only spent a little bit of time there.^^
^^Loved the scenery! Especially this "You are here" sign. I'd love to ride the train across the whole country, taking pictures all along the way...^^
^^Reagan loved looking out the window. Especially if there was a whole field of cows to see.^^
^^Stunning views. Loved watching the Colorado Rive for most of the ride.^^ And below, the wonderful afternoon nap. I let her sprawl across both of our seats, while I found an empty one near by to look out the window. I'm so glad she slept.
When we got into the mountains it turned into a winter wonderland and then into a complete blizzard! I was actually glad that I was on a train, because driving through that would have been terrifying.
My mom had planned out a really fun photo scavenger hunt all over Denver for my brothers birthdays with the mega prize photo being of an Amtrak Train. The train only stops in Denver for 30 minutes each night, so it was supposed to be one of the more time restrictive photos to get. The train pulled in and my mom called me (secretly) to ask which car I was on. I was near the front of the train so my mom told the boys to run down and take a picture of the engine. They just happened to be running by my car while we were getting off. They were totally surprised. Dylan thought, "That looks like Corina, and that baby looks like Reagan," and then realized "Hey that is Corina!" Logan was just as shocked. It was really fun.
We had a great trip. We ate lots of delicious food: White Fence Farm, Benihana, and Kokoro, and got to spend some time visiting with family. I also got my first blowout and now wish I could get one every other day. It was great.
Jordan was supposed to drive out on Thursday to meet us, and we were going to come home on Sunday, but unfortunately we had to cut our trip a little short due to the passing of Jordan's Grandma. We ended up flying back to Utah Friday night, and then driving up to Idaho Saturday morning so we could attend the funeral Saturday afternoon. Reagan and I had our own little Planes, Trains, and Automobiles experience (but ours was Trains, Planes, and Automobiles). It was a whirlwind of a week to say the least!