Amtrack Road Trip 2005
by Ann & Jake Snyder
Traveling accommodations for our second Amtrak road Trip to St. Louis included spacious seats on the upper level of the Texas Eagle, which left Chicago at 3:20 p.m. on Friday, January 27. The annual party actually starts prior to boarding, at the pub in Union Station, which is where we met Diana and Oscar Gonzales, Deb and Bill Mennell, and Jim Renkar for lunch. But this is always just the first course. Once en route, we delve into the rations like shrimp cocktail, pate, tuna with jalapenos, cheese and crackers, desserts, wine and spirits, etc. that make up our potluck on rails. Our very comfortable hotel was just across the street from the riverfront area known as Laclede’s Landing, now a restored area with more than 30 restaurants, according to the helpful hotel clerk. The restaurant that we chose for our Friday evening refreshments turned out to be the one in which we had lunch on our previous Amtrak trip to this city. The fact that it was a microbrewery may have contributed to the chances of this coincidence occurring.
We started Saturday’s schedule with an excellent complimentary breakfast buffet at the hotel and then traveled by the light rail system to the Missouri History Museum.
The Mennell Catering Service
Friday evening at the
Morgan Street Brewery
A toast to another enjoyable
Amtrak Road Trip
We approach the Missouri History Museum
Among many interesting exhibits, we found one motor car, built in St. Louis by the Moon Motor Car Company, The Moon Motorcar, built in St. Louis
and the Spirit o which was actually built for the 1957 movie of the same name. As the airplane approaches, Bill looks over his shoulder just in time to save his beer.
We had lunch at the museum, in an outstanding restaurant with views of Forest Park, the site of the 1904 World’s Fair. The afternoon included the obligatory visit to the top of the Arch and some time in the hotel’s 5th floor pool and hot tub. We returned to Laclede’s Landing for supper at Skeeters Eatery, which features New Orleans-style favorites. One of the best things about the Amtrak Road Trip is that the trip home is a continuation of the party, and, though the train left St. Louis about 30 minutes late, we arrived back in Chicago nearly on time. Now the only unresolved business is where to go next year.