My sabbatical began with an overnight trip on Amtrak to Chicago. It was stunning just to sit and watch the early morning scenery roll past, starting with the pre-dawn glow of hope, fertile lands and crops gliding past. The world may sometimes be harsh, but this morning’s fog softened the sharp edges of the world.
With a few hours to kill I visited the Willis Tower, tallest tower in North America. Sadly, the fog prevented great views, but I still very much enjoyed my visit, even standing on glass floor hundreds of feet above the street. Perhaps I might not have been so bold had I actually been able to see the ground so far below!
Later, back to Union Station and aboard the train bound for Albuquerque.