Amtrak California Zephyr Chicago to Emeryville in a Superliner Bedroom

Amtrak California Zephyr

                                                               Boarding at Union Station in Chicago

Leaving Chicago

        Morning in Denver. 

Picked up some amazing breakfast in the station

We had dinner delivered by a Chef in Glenwood Springs, CO

Just fantastic food!!! 

The superliner bedroom at night. Very roomy and comfy



Amtrak Empire Builder train ride. Red Wing, MN to Chicago

Video here

The first leg of our 2020 Circle trip.
Gorgeous morning at the historic Red Wing station

                                       Right on time!

  On the way to the station, we picked up breakfast at the Whistle Stop! 
Kari is outside waving at the train. 

Cozy and comfy! Dining on Railroad French Toast!

                                                    So delicious!!!

Superliner bedroom. 

                                       My co-workers waving as we passed!

Crossing the bridge to Wisconsin. 

The first leg of a GREAT trip!



Winter Camping in a Yurt at Afton State Park

      Video of this camping trip here. Winter yurt camping

So much fun to camp here! There are two yurts that each sleep 7 people and are available year round. There is no electricity, no pets allowed, and no cooking indoors, a pit toilet just a short walk away. The park provides the wood for heating, but you must purchase firewood. You can reserve these Reserve here and they are $70 per night with a $7.00 reservation fee.

We clamped ours up a bit with battery operated lights and candles

You cannot drive to the yurt but the parking lot is not far, and there are wagons to use to haul your gear 

First look inside. It was COLD! 

How gorgeous is this!

First things first, getting the fire going. It took a couple hours to warm the yurt up. 

The heating wood is in a shed nearby

Getting ready to cook dinner

Comfy beds. The windows do open, and there are also curtains. 

cut and marinated at home

Dinner cooking under a nearly full moon

Dinner time! 

Check out time is 1:00 p.m.