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December 6, 2008
When I got up, I found that I had forgotten to leave out any clean underpants, and I was having some bathroom issues. I know - TMI
Port Everglades

Port Everglades


We did not get any daily plan sheet from HAL - I thought the dining room would be open (it was), but Bob thought not, so we ate in the Lido. Then Bob went out on deck to see what he could see, and so did I. We were bunkering on the ICW side. We stood out on deck for awhile taking in the scenery.
Bunkering

Bunkering


Freighter and tug in canal

Freighter and tug in canal


Baggage unloading area

Baggage unloading area


They said that they would announce when the ship cleared and then would not make any more announcements - that we should follow the disembarkation schedule. We had 'Grey 1' tags and a 9:00 time. They did not say whether we could stay in our cabins or not.
Window to the deck from the elevators

Window to the deck from the elevators


When I went back to the cabin, I found the stewards had half made it up, but the stewards left and we sat there among our carryon bags. About 8:55 we started for deck 5 - the escalator which has been working only sporadically throughout the trip was running up but not down. Bob had a little cart with the carryon bags so he had to wait for an elevator. Then deck 5 was jammed.

Eventually we made our way off the ship, but when Bob tried to go down the escalator with the cart, they stopped it altogether and made him come back up and go down in the elevator. Even so, we were getting our luggage by 9:15.
Baggage Hall

Baggage Hall


Bob had put the unattached handle into the little zipper compartment, and the luggage handlers had apparently tried to pull the handle out, and since it wasn't attached they threw it away.
Transportation area from the ship

Transportation area from the ship


We went out to the transportation area, and saw the Auto Rental bus, but were told to stay where we were and not walk to it. I saw a Royal bus and asked if that was for us but the HAL lady said she couldn't see it. I said it was because she was shorter than I was, because I could just barely see it over the wall. She said she didn't think the bus was for us. So I wanted to know if we could get the auto rental bus. The lady tried to take my large bag from me and found it was quite heavy. She said it was too heavy for me, but we did get on the bus.

The bus driver had never heard of the car rental company that we were using (Royal), but she took us to the correct stop at the car rental place. It was between Avis and Hertz on the third deck. I had seen it when we turned in our Budget car. There were long lines at Hertz and Avis, but none at Royal, so we went right in and got the car. They said they had no economy cars left so they gave us a Dodge, which only gets about 22 mpg
Vanilla float

Vanilla float

Wendy's hamburger

Wendy's hamburger


We stopped and had lunch at Wendy's and then drove to our daughter's house in Miami and had dinner there.
Grandson eating dinner

Grandson eating dinner

December 7th
We had lunch at Burger King. I took photos of the renovations she has done and watched while she started to decorate for Christmas.
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Apple slices

Apple slices

Decorating the tree

Decorating the tree


December 8th
We took our daughter's family out to dinner at the Captain's Tavern
Captain's Tavern menu

Captain's Tavern menu

Daughter and SIL

Daughter and SIL

Lobster Newburg

Lobster Newburg

Creme Brulee

Creme Brulee

Chocolate Mousse Cake

Chocolate Mousse Cake


I do not know what we did December 9th. Maybe we turned in the car.
Bob and our granddaughter

Bob and our granddaughter


December10th

Our daughter took us and dropped us at the train station so we could take the train back home.
Train waiting room

Train waiting room


It was a one way special fare for senior citizens of $97.75 each from Miami to Richmond.
Train ticket

Train ticket


I had had to buy new tickets since I had mailed the other ones home by mistake. The time we would have gotten to Baltimore would have been so late that the rental car place would not be open, so when I bought the new tickets, I just bought them as far as Richmond. I thought we could rent a car there.

We had a roomette with a toilet.
Door of the roomette

Door of the roomette

Directions in the compartment

Directions in the compartment


toilet

toilet

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Folding sink

upper bunk -storage

upper bunk -storage

trash door

trash door

Caution Please do not sit on table

Caution Please do not sit on table

Bob 'relaxing'

Bob 'relaxing'


I took photos from the train as we went through Florida
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People getting on the train


We had lunch
Dining car

Dining car

Grilled chicken breast

Grilled chicken breast

lunch special with wild rice

lunch special with wild rice

ice cream

ice cream

Delray Beach

Delray Beach

Deerfield Beach

Deerfield Beach

Do not hammer on car

Do not hammer on car


building from the train

building from the train


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and dinner in the dining car.
Dining car

Dining car


salad

salad

roll

roll

Wild rice and seafood selection

Wild rice and seafood selection

Dessert

Dessert


Then we went to bed. I had the lower bunk and Bob had the upper bunk
Christmas tree

Christmas tree

December 11

Bob was Very Very unhappy and said he did not sleep much. The train whistling at crossings bothered him and so did the vibration. He said that he felt like the train was running on the ties rather than on the rails. I slept fine. So we decided to get off in Richmond rather than go all the way to Baltimore. We could pick up a car from Enterprise and drive home - we would be home more quickly that way.

We had breakfast in the dining car
dining car

dining car

Pouring milk into cereal

Pouring milk into cereal

Breakfast tea and orange

Breakfast tea and orange

Breakfast biscuit

Breakfast biscuit

scrambled eggs and grits

scrambled eggs and grits


Crossing a river

Crossing a river

Near the train tracks

Near the train tracks


Bob ready to disembark

Bob ready to disembark


and got to Richmond about 12:30.
Getting picked up at the station

Getting picked up at the station


The rental car people picked us up and after we had lunch at Hardees,
Fast food Lunch chicken

Fast food Lunch chicken

Hardees burger

Hardees burger


we drove home.

My next trip was a cruise with my granddaughter from Copenhagen

Posted by greatgrandmaR 13:06 Archived in USA

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I've never travelled by train in the US (I don't count NYC subway trains!) It looks like a great way to cover long distances, despite Bob's lack of sleep - maybe we should try it one time

by ToonSarah

Bob has motion problems -after we are on the boat, it takes him a couple of weeks to stop rocking. US trains are not very smooth or well maintained, but it is sometimes quicker and nicer to go by train than by plane. And you can see things along the way. (My mother often said that flying was like a bus ride without scenery)

by greatgrandmaR

Yes, I love to watch the scenery go past when on a train :)

by ToonSarah

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