Our train pulled into Chicago's Union Station last night just as the first snowfall of the season was kicking into gear. My niece, Heidi Pfetcher, and her two girls, Lauren and Ruby, were there to meet us. Heidi said that it was the girls' first visit to that famous train station.
Our drive to Heidi and Jason's beautiful home was uneventful, even with the snow. Heidi pointed out several places of interest along the way including Grant Park where the Obama's celebrated his election night victory in 2008 - and the high rise where Oprah lives.
The snow, which appeared to be quite heavy last night, did not last.
The train ride was fairly uneventful. The trains between Chicago and Kansas City apparently do not have dining or observation cars - something I did not realize, so our wandering about the train was limited to trips to the restrooms and the cafe car. Everything in the cafe car was overpriced, but it was still nice to have an excuse to get up and move around.
Yesterday was Gail's first long-distance ride on a train and she was not very impressed - if fact she called it boring! I however, liked having the quiet time to just sit and read and watch the world slide by. She likes the excitement of cruise ships, and I prefer the rocking solitude of trains.
Today we are off to see a few local sights, and tonight we will be in the audience to see the final production of Wozzek at the Lyric Opera and to cheer on young Lauren as she performs in the show.