Dad getting us lunch at Union Station in Washington, DC.
I'll show more photos from the train later, but the reason for the trip is my focus now. This is my Aunt Wanda, dad's older sister, with my dad at a cemetery, visiting some relatives that have passed on. I love that I share an interest in photography with my aunt, even though she is much better at it than I am.
Here is my dad with some of his "relatives". They're a family he spent a lot of time with growing up, and I've always thought of them as part of our extended family. One of the men is his brother-in-law, the other man is Dad's best friend, and the woman is their sister. Dad said he probably spent as much time at their house as he did at his own.
We went to Washington, Arkansas, where this magnificent magnolia grows. It looks like three trees, but it's actually just one.
Here's a rare shot of my aunt, allowing her photo to be taken with her little brother.
She doesn't enjoy having her picture made; she'd much rather be the photographer.
Here I am in the local radio station, in front of a display of the Hope Watermelon Festival t-shirts. The watermelon festival is in August, and if you know anything about Arkansas, you would know they grow the largest watermelons in the country. My dad and I were interviewed by the radio station about our experience with traveling by train. Hope is supposed to get a stop on the Amtrak schedule and they wanted to build up some interest in it.
Loved this restaurant, and loved eating there with the "dos loco gringos" you see standing in front of it.
Speaking of good watermelon, of course we had to eat some!
Razorback football is another huge interest in Arkansas, and here is my uncle, sporting a t-shirt with his grandchildren's names on it. (I felt I needed to explain why they are referred to as hogs.)
No one in our family really likes standing on the Texas side, so we have to switch to make it fair.
On our way back home, we had a five hour layover in Chicago, so we got out of the train station and did a little speedy sightseeing. This is in front of the Willis nee' Sears Tower.
And of course, we had to have our photo taken in front of "the Bean" in Millennium Park.