Saturday, November 28, 2009

I'm Back!!!

I'm back folks! I was visiting my son in Denver for over three weeks. Son came home and then when he went back I hitched a ride and went with him. He's in the military and I don't get to visit him very often so it was quite a treat for me. However, this boy does not like to stop when driving. I started counting the Cracker Barrels that we passed. "That's number six, Aaron!" "What are you talking about, Mom?" "Oh, nothing........" Anyhoo, we drove the southern route from Northern California through Arizona and New Mexico and then on up to the Denver area. It was just beautiful and we were blessed with perfect weather. We weren't able to stop and visit, but I did wave when we passed the little town where Mary lives! Next visit I hope to be able to take the time to stop for a cup of tea.

This is what greeted us when we arrived. Beautiful snow! I'm a transplanted midwesterner so I was raised in the snow but don't get to actually "play" in it now. I learned a little secret about the snow in this area. It comes on like gang busters and then in two days it leaves! The best of both worlds.

Son's back yard.

He lives on the end of a court and because of the way the house faces, the snow stays on the front yard longer than anywhere else on the street.

Miss Jean pretending to be an outdoorsy person!

This is my new little buddy, Abby. She kept me company during the day when son went to work.

I would like to thank all the wonderful people at the Calvary Chapel Aurora church. They became instant friends and a real blessing to son and I. They epitomize what Christ called His church to be. I'll always consider them to be my home away from home church. Pastor Ed: You can be proud of your church family there.

I had a chance to fly home. However, since I hate to fly (something about falling all that distance to the ground just freaks me out) I decided to take Amtrak home. What a blast!!! I left Denver at 8:05 on the dot Saturday morning and arrived in Modesto at 6:30 p.m. the next evening. The route takes you through western Colorado, Utah, Nevada and Northern California. The scenery was glorious!!! I splurged and bought myself a little, I mean little, roomette. Just cozy enough for me, my books and magazines and camera. It was extremely relaxing. I thought I would read more but I kept looking out the window in case I missed something.

Meals are included in the fare and you sit family style. We had the BEST waiter who greeted you and always said, "Have a seat and introduce yourselves." He was so wonderful that he got lots of hugs when we left. Every car has a porter that is on duty all the time. I don't know when he sleeps! I find taking the train to be more expensive than flying, but I would recommend taking it for at least one direction of your trip.

I'm just getting myself organized from being gone and then with Thansgiving. Hopefully, now I'll be able to catch up with all my bloggy friends. I missed you all!!!!


Mumzie said...

WELCOME HOME! Glad to see you had a wonderful time in Colorado. The train ride sounds wonderful and relaxing...I'd like to try it some day myself. I didn't get into the tea class for this Saturday, I was on the waiting list...but didn't hear anything. I noticed today that it will be offered again in February. See ya soon. Mumzie ;)

Rocky Creek Scotties and Rocky Creek Ramblings said...

Miss Jean, we're so glad to see you back and we know Maggie is too!!

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Java

Brenda said...

I am glad you had a great time. There has been some snow here in Michigan but none in our neck of the woods yet. The train sounds like a great time. Hubby and I have been thinking of taking the one that runs through Canada some time in the future.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I will be visiting my son and daughter -in-law and grandson soon in crossing America from the air from NY. Someday I'd love to take the train. We drove once but it was a long trip back and forth. I really like Denver a lot and you are so right about the snow hardly ever lasts long.

Thanks for entering my Christmas teapot give away!

Thimbleanna said...

Yay! You're back -- I've been worried about you! Looks like you've had a wonderful trip. You look so cute out there in the snow. I've always wanted to take an Amtrak trip, but like you say, the price has thrown me off. Maybe someday. I'd definitely want to take it through the Rockies!!!

ChaChaneen said...

Welcome back, I bet your Man missed ya more than we did! Ah such a lovely trip you had, great memories and lurve your train ride home!

Anonymous said...

The teapot is always ready for friends!! Looking forward to that call someday!

We are supposed to be getting snow Wednesday again. You can come and make a snowman!


ocmist said...

Sounds like a wonderful vacation trip and a lovely visit with your son. I know I miss mine as 3 of them are clear across the country from my CA home (2 in TX and 1 in FL)and one is several hours drive from here.

My hubby has always wanted to take a train trip, but I have a problem with motion sickness, so prefer to fly--- quickest way to quit moving! :)

Lallee said...

Jean, welcome back. I loved hearing about the train ride. Wow, it brought back memories. I traveled that way to and from college at first. My father always bought a roomette for me. Such a fun way to travel! I always loved the dining car too, and the food was always wonderful. I hope to take a ride again some day.
Your son's dog looks like a sweety!