News Archive 6: 2008 - January 2009


January 2, 2009:
We arrived at our destination, Emeryville, California at 6:30 p.m. Because of slow going in the Sierras, the train was 50 minutes late. Not too bad for a 50-hour trip. Here are a few more images from the last leg of our trip.

Sparks, Nevada, as seen from our cabin. We were here for about half an hour, while a private rail car was attached to the train.
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An old warehouse across the tracks from the Sparks train station that apparently once held Harrah's Automobile Collection.


Climbing the Sierra Nevada along the Truckee River.
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Heavy snow and a glimpse of Donnor Lake.
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Out of the snow and into the fog and rain of the Sierra foothills. Colfax, California.
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January 2, 2009, 8:00 a.m.:
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Somewhere west of Winnemucca, Nevada.


January 1, 2009, 11:00 p.m.:
The train station at Salt Lake City.
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January 1, 2009, 5:30 p.m.:
Ruby Canyon, Utah, at sunset.
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January 1, 2009, 1:00-4:00 p.m.:
Traveling over the Rocky Mountains.
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January 1, 2009, 8:30 a.m.:
A half-hour stop in Denver. A warehouse district adjacent to the train station:
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"The Ski Train" was parked on one of the adjacent tracks:
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A private rail car was parked on the other track:
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Note the name:
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January 1, 2009:
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
We pulled into Omaha, Nebraska right at midnight. Our car stopped in front of the old station, which obviously is no longer in use. But I liked its decrepit look.
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December 31, 2008:
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This is the station at Ottumwa, Iowa at about 8:00 p.m.

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This is Debbie is saying, "It's cold out here. You've taken enough pictures."



December 31, 2008:
Debra and Bob's trip from Chicago to the Bay Area on the California Zephyr.

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The Grand Hall at Union Station.

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To all trains.

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Doors to the Metropolitan Lounge.

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Debra lounging in the Metropolitan Lounge.

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The train, just before departure.

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Departing Chicago, 2:26 p.m.

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Our porter, Michael.




December 25, 2008:
Christmas at the Irwin House:
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The opening of the presents begins.


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Bev Irwin with a gift from Morro Bay.


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Elizabeth in front of the tree.



February - December 2008:
I have been very delinquent in posting news. It's been almost a year. Sorry.

The biggest event of the year was Sarina Shiekh's marriage to Andrew King (so she is now Sarina King). That was in June. Here are a few pictures from the wedding.

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A wedding rehearsal, Texas style.


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Sarina, with her Mom and new mother-in-law, Jane.


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Sarina and Andrew.


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The crowd disperses. That's Renae (Sarina's aunt), Bev (Sarina's grandmother), and Bobby (Sarina's grandfather) in the foreground.


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Bob and Debra.


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Mary Lee, Maggie, and Linn.


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Finally, Bob "dancing" with Sarina. Check out that under bite.




Beyond that, here are a few pictures from Bob and Debbie's travels up and down the California Coast.
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Bob, Debra, Gail, and Mike at the top of Trinidad Head.


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Bob and his cousin Kathy.


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Maggie at Stinson Beach.


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The Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, close up.


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Sunset from Elk.


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A Morro Bay local.



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Big Sur.


January 2008:
Charlie and Mary Lee began 2008 by continuing their travels around the world. This month, they took a cruise up the Amazon. The cruise ship was not one of the massive ones, but still pretty big. Big enough to have show girls. They seemed to like Charlie.
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Below is a picture of Charlie and Mary Lee in the jungle with their guide. I guess he was a reasonably good guide. He guided them back out of the jungle, and they made it home safely.
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