The Journey Begins

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.