Yes, we DID take a (very) early train ride this week — one that started at 4:50 a.m. and ended at 4:35 p.m.
That was NOT a typo, folks — this ride lasted 11+ hours starting at Wilmington, Delaware, changing trains in NYC and arriving in Niagara Falls, NY.
And, there were not too many other folks at the station at that time, In fact, we got there BEFORE it even opened at 4 a.m.
Crazy, while maybe not so much as the ride we took BEFORE arriving at this Amtrak station — over 3 hours which is the closest to our VA eastern shore home.
This was the longest train ride either of us have been on — and what's more we get to REPEAT it on the return trip, but that comes later. In between, we are definitely on a(mother) road trip and unlike most of the ones we've taken this year, this one does not include any family visits for holidays, birthdays, graduations. THIS trip is a belated anniversary vacation to ourselves.
What's not to enjoy about a train ride when you can look out the window and see an early morning scene like these — fog rolling in over the Palisades Cliffs in our home state of NJ. IT sort of made us feel a bit sorry for all other folks, some of who were waiting at stations to get to jobs. Of course, others were traveling like ourselves.
Grenville and I were definitely on an adventure thanks to fellow blogger, Linda Gross (daysremembered.wordpress.com) who posted about several recent trips to Niagara Falls, a place we'd never visited. As for the train travels, in case you haven't been reading this blog, Grenville is a HUGE train fan. Once he found out we could ride the rails there, reservations were made.
Personally, I had a great time photographing so many sites along the way from rear window views of rail yards to trains and colorful freight cars . . .
Fall colors were already on display in some upstate NY areas we passed . . .
We passed farmlands . . .
As well as so many old buildings and newer ones too . . .
The trip was long, but would have been an even longer drive. This trip was one in which we wanted to relax and enjoy ourselves — and we did. Over the next few days, we'll be seeing all the Niagara Falls sights, including a Maid of the Mist boat trip — of course, we'll be taking all of you along AND you won't get as wet.
And, there's even MORE travels to come after this part of our road trip is completed, eh (that was a hint) with apologies to some fellow bloggers who already know where we're going.
FYI — this post was created using MarsEdit (offline blog editor for Macs0 which doesn't allow photos to be enlarged when clicked, unlike posts created using Blogger or Live Writer (PCs only). Blogger is so erratic and quirky at times (an understatement) that any other editor is preferred when we're on the road.
These photos shown were taken with the pocket-sized Canon digital Elph, not the recently purchased Nikon P510. Photos with that camera will be highlighted in upcoming posts.