Several times a year, I ride Amtrak’s Southwest Chief round-trip from Kansas to Illinois. Watching the scenery flash by is enjoyable. Well some of it is. Some small town backyards are not so pretty. The train crosses the Mississippi River at Fort Madison, Iowa, and each time I cross it, I have a compulsive need to take six or seven pictures of it. I always forget I have done so many times in the past.
At Christmas time, the folks of Fort Madison decorate along the river with a light display. I like to think Santa sees me waving. Some winters, the river is frozen over and covered with snow. During my spring train rides, it is impossible to count the many shades of green along the banks. On hot summer days, I feel cooler just looking at the water. The leaves on the trees wear brilliant red, yellow, orange, and brown colors on my fall trips. Often, too, I am treated to wonderful views of nature’s wildlife.
I meet interesting people on the train, and the food in the dining car is worth the price. However, viewing the Mighty Mississippi is the highlight of the voyage!