Sunday, February 27, 2011

First night we had dinner here at The Brew Brothers which is inside the Eldorado Hotel and Casino.
Great food and beer and we had a nice time.
Check back soon for more pix from our Reno trip.

Yum Yum Yum ~ really great Beer Battered Fish and Chips.

Our two pints of Microbrew that went extremely well with those Fish and Chips.

View from our room at the Eldorado Hotel and Casion in Reno.  This is the International Bowling Stadium and you can't miss the HUGE Bowling Ball on the roof.

When we travelled through Truckee they had received heavy snow and cold temperatures  pretty massive icicles (spelling?)!

It was an eerie train trip to Reno as we travelled on Donner Pass and saw Donner Lake.  We were lucky enough to have 2 retired Train Museum volunteers traveling with us narrating the whole trip, pointing out the historical and intersting places along the way. The Donner Party story is one that remains a testiment to man's survival.

It was interesting to watch the train's engine pushing snow off the train tracks as we were heading into new territory,  Fun, fun, fun..... 

This rainbow was an incredible sight from our train window.  It was HUGE and beautiful.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

I ran out of space.. will try to add more later.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

We had  a great dinner at River City Brewing in Sacramento during our 8 hour layover, took in a movie and checked out Fanny Annie's in Old Sacramento where I found this 'interesting' Molly Pitcher's Rum...

These are some of the gorgeous views from our train room crossing the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Every afternoon Amtrak would have a wine and cheese tasting.  This day we tasted 4 wines from Washington State.

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Thought I would post a picture of my grandmother's house in Portland, Oregon mostly for my old grade school friends.  Many will remember us visiting her for sleepovers. Even though she was in her low 80's, she would walk us down to Oaks Park for a day at that amusement park.  The reason I said 'walk down' was because once we walked about 6 blocks, then across Sellwood Park grounds to the edge of a cliff that dropped down to the Willamette River and Oaks Amusement Park.  She really was a trooper and definitely quite the pioneer yet a wonderful 'modern' Grandma.
Dad and I sold that house in late 1970 after Grandma passed away and since then new owners have added the new front porch with a seat, railing and the fence.  The color now is yellow but it was always white when Grandma owned it.  What a wonderful bit of news when I saw this........the old Sellwood neighborhood is being well maintained... YIPPEE!