After going through a rough time at the end of January, Sean surprised me by telling me that we were headed to New York City and Boston for my spring break. He had really wanted to go over Valentine’s Day but for me to go during that time would have included a little unnecessary stress at work. Honestly, I am glad he held off and we went this week. I think it was probably a little bit warmer and a whole lot less snow.

What all did we cram into our short adventure to New England? Well, let me tell you. (P.S. we were exhausted when we got home.)

We started off the trip by riding the train from Wilmington to NYC. Penn Station in NYC is a crazy place. For those of you that are more familiar with flying, it is comparable to LAX. That is the best comparison I have for Penn Station. It is crazy.

Upon arriving we went straight to the hotel to drop off our luggage and then we started our adventure. We started with a late lunch at Sarabeth’s. I feel like this was where we first started to get a taste of the crowds of New York. The wait was about 30 minutes and there were a lot of people crammed into a very small space.

(We might have stopped by the Plaza so we could send my brothers an awesome Snapchat of Kevin McCalister asking for a room. P.S. it really is fabulous!)
It was unfortunately a little rainy but we had less than a mile to walk to the Guggenheim Museum. Sean knows how much of a fan I am of Frank Lloyd Wright and knew that I would enjoy seeing this building. The building was really interesting and very cool to see, that was where it ended, well kinda. The first gallery we walked into was one of Mr. Guggenheim’s original collection which included Monet, Picasso, Cezanne, Van Gogh, Renior and a few more. This was very cool to see. I was proud of myself too that I could still pick out the artists from the art history course that I took my senior year in college. The main exhibit, on the other hand, was interesting but looked like someone had way too much time on their hands. Speaking of time, that was completely what the exhibit was about, the painting of dates. Starting in 1964, dates were painted every day, people met were documented, postcards were sent to people, and mpas of where he traveled were documented. It was interesting for a little bit and then it wore off.

After that it was off to 5th avenue, Apple store, FAO Schwartz, and Tiffany’s. It was incredibly fun to look around but no buying. I was perfectly happy looking. Large lego displays and large diamonds were on view everywhere.

Next stops included St. Patrick’s cathedral and Radio City Music Hall. Unfortunately the cathedral was under major renovation on the inside. The main outside doors though were absolutely gorgeous.

Radio City Music hall was fun to see from the outside! The New York Spring Spectacular was showing which features Derek Hough from Dancing with the Stars. Had I known that I think I would have tried to get tickets.

It was back to the hotel to figure out dinner after that. We decided on Quality Meats, which was close by the hotel. It was great choice!

Sunday, we were up early to start our day. We were hoping to squeeze in as much as we could. A walk through Central Park led us to brunch at Loeb Boathouse. Unlike Saturday, Sunday turned out to be a much better day. The view from the boathouse was beautiful and I am sure it is even more beautiful during the summer months.
Even though we knew what all we wanted to accomplish for the day we had no clue what order we were going to mark things off the list. We chose to go to the Top of the Rock next. Talk about an awesome view of New York City. We both really enjoyed it, even though the wind was very brisk on the top. The views were awesome though.

Off to Times Square after that. There were so many people everywhere. We went to M&M World, the Disney Store, and Toys’r’us. The stores were huge.

We had more time than what we thought we were going to have so we ended up heading back over to 5th Avenue to go to the American Girl Doll Store and the Lego Store. Both were fun visits even though Sean doesn’t have many nice things to say about the new lego sets. He is still stuck in the 1990s and those Legos.

We made a quick pit stop at Rockefeller Center to see the ice skating. I can only imagine what the Christmas tree looks like there. I am sure it is amazing.

We headed back over to the Minksoff Theatre just off of Times Square. We thought that we were going to be able to get into the theatre early than what we were so we had to figure out something to do in the meantime. Well Guy Fieri’s restaurant was across the street so we took it to “Flavor Town” and had drinks.

Back at the Minksoff it was time to see my all time favorite show, “The Lion King”. It was almost better than I remembered it 11 years ago at the Kentucky Center. We had awesome seats too. Sean did an amazing job picking out the show and the tickets. I loved it!

Dinner on Sunday was at 44 1/2 on our way back from the theater. It was a little bit more than we expected but it was good food. The atmosphere was just a little interesting.

Monday morning was an early morning to get ready for Boston.

I am really looking forward to these upcoming events.

1. Our first shipment of Domaine Chandon wine club.

2. Opening weekend at Strasburg.

3. Going to NYC and Boston for the first time.

4. Seeing “Lion King” on Broadway.

5.Painting the bottom of the boat.

6. Decorating for Derby.

7. Biltmore with both sets of parentals.

8. Pool time.

9. Seeing family in New Jersey.

10. Spring weather.

I am going to start off this post by saying this is mostly going to be pictures but there is no way close that I am putting all of the 450 pictures that we took on this part of the trip in this post.

After spending a couple of days eating and drinking our way through Napa, it was time to take on the fourth and final part of this trip. We headed  back to Sacramento early in the morning to first not get stuck in rush hour traffic and secondly to get the rental car back.

Getting on the train in Sacramento was just the beginning of our almost 3 day adventure.

We used our California Zephyr Route Guide that Amtrak provides in your sleeping car for you to know where you are going throughout the trip faithfully throughout this trip because it is really hard to tell where you are when you are not familiar with the route. It was incredibly helpful and provided some good info for us throughout the trip.

Upon getting on the train we realized that we were at the very back of the train, which is pretty cool because you not only have your window to look out but you also have the back to see a different view. (Little did we know that we would have a fellow passenger that would spend hours standing back there taking pictures. So this is one of the only pictures I have out the back.)
Well here we go on our cross country trip, starting with Colfax, California.

We spent quite a bit of time after lunch that day and after we went through Colfax in the observation car. The statue is of President Ulysses S. Grant.

Along the way, we saw a lot of little places before getting to Donner Pass. One of the things that I missed along the way was some of the log flumes. Getting the logs up and down the mountain the old fashion way.

Check out the glass pieces on these electric lines. You don’t see those on many modern lines. DSC_2691
We finally arrived about mid afternoon at Donner Pass. It was absolutely breath taking as it was a lot larger than expected and you sit way up on the Mountain looking down upon the whole area.

Truckee, California was the next town to pass through on the trip. It was a very cute little town.
This is also where we started to see part of the Truckee River. This was the first time that we started seeing rivers along the way and this one was absolutely beautiful and probably what kept me in the Observation car for a lot longer than what I thought I would be in there.
We had a little more time before we got to Reno, Nevada.
We saw Reno but it was night time and really hard to take pictures. Over night we missed a lot of Nevada but we did get to seeing everything after Helper, NV. We were a little off schedule to say the least. We went to breakfast and then came back and I did start taking some more pictures probably around Green River, NV. Everything was very different from the day before.
This was right before we got to Ruby Canyon, where it felt like I couldn’t take enough pictures. It was absolutely gorgeous and the only way to get down there was by boat or train. DSC_2830DSC_2831DSC_2832DSC_2833DSC_2835DSC_2837DSC_2839DSC_2841DSC_2844DSC_2845DSC_2848DSC_2849DSC_2850DSC_2852DSC_2854DSC_2855DSC_2860DSC_2862
This place is the permanent home to the Country Music Jam Festival that draws thousands of country music fans each year.
Field of sheep. Lots of them. Everywhere!
Grand Junction, Colorado station was next. We were able to get out and walk around at this stop, which was much needed.
From here it was following along the Colorado River. There were tons of fisherman, rafters, and campers along the way.
This was all that was left of a post office .
This was the hermits house in the wall of the mountain.
And this was the amusement park right over from this on the same mountain.
This was No Name, CO.
DSC_2901DSC_2904DSC_2906DSC_2907DSC_2928DSC_2929DSC_3011DSC_3012This was Frasier Winter Park. It is a ski resort for the Winter Park area.
This was right before we went through Moffat Tunnel.

We hit Denver about 8:45 – 9:00 p.m. that night. We were supposed to be there about 7 so we had gone to dinner early so we could go out and walk around but it was super late getting in and it wasn’t really a big deal.

The next morning we woke up in Omaha, I think. I was pretty groggy and confused on where we were stopping because I knew how far behind we were but I had no clue. This was all I saw.

Throughout the day I didn’t really take many pictures. It was very much a boring ride compared to what we had been through previously.

 This would be us crossing the Mississippi River. It was a lot bigger than I had imagined.
 DSC_3053This picture was for my mom. This is the home of Radar O’Reilly.DSC_3058 DSC_3060 This was Sean very ready to get into Chicago.

And of course some pictures of Union Station.

We then went to hang out with one of Sean’s very good friends and his girlfriend. We went to a great restaurant in Chicago and then it was off to the hotel. We slept for a little while and then it was up and off to the airport to fly home.

Awesome vacation but we were both ready to head home after all of the traveling. So many new experiences and new places to see. Sean says we are now done with the train for a little while.

After having a couple of awesome days in Seattle, it was off to the second part of our trip.  We headed down fairly early to the train station to get ready for part two of our trip. We climbed aboard the Coast Starlight to start our 19 hour trip south to Sacramento.

Starting off this large set of pictures is the inside of Seattle Union Station. It is absolutely gorgeous.




Once we got on the train, someone was in his happy place and sat and starred out the window a lot. DSC_2527


This was not far from Seattle. It was just one of the Boeing plants that we saw at the beginning of the trip.UntitledDSC_2530DSC_2535DSC_2537DSC_2539

This was our seats that turned into our sleeping arrangements (well at least my bed, you can’t see Sean’s).DSC_2540DSC_2542

As we went through Washington, you can see how foggy it was. Everywhere we looked fog was hanging around, it was especially thick when we got close to the water.DSC_2543DSC_2544DSC_2546DSC_2547DSC_2549DSC_2550DSC_2551DSC_2552DSC_2555DSC_2557DSC_2558DSC_2560

One of the neat things about the Coast Starlight is that the Sleeping Car passengers have their own dining car available. The food was different than what was available in the dining car and you had your own table. The food was better then what we thought it was going to be and I am glad that we ate here because we had to eat in the dining car on the California Zephyr. DSC_2562After going to have lunch, the fog cleared up and we were able to see Mt. St. Helens. We got really lucky and we were able to see Mt. St. Helens very clearly that day. It was neat to see in the distance but the camera really got some awesome images.


One of the special things that they do on the Coast Starlight is a wine tasting in the afternoon. Sean and I decided to try it out and get us ready for part number three of our trip. Untitled

This is more than likely the Columbia River but we passed over several rivers before arriving in Portland.


This is Portland, Oregon. It was really pretty and this is when it started to get a little darker and much harder to take pictures out the windows. DSC_2573DSC_2575DSC_2576DSC_2578

This was by far the creepiest picture I took on the trip. I really honestly didn’t mean to get this picture.DSC_2579DSC_2580DSC_2582DSC_2587

Sheep were everywhere along the trip. There were fields of them, almost like cows in the midwest.DSC_2590



By far, one of the most beautiful pictures I was able to capture before the sun went all the way down for the night. DSC_2595


Eugene, Oregon was the last place I was able to take pictures. It got very dark after that and then we had to get up very early to get off of the train the next morning. DSC_2597DSC_2599


Coast Starlight Route Guide from Amtrak’s website. This tells you all of the places that we went through on the train and more of what we saw.

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