Friday, October 30, 2020
Saturday, October 24, 2020
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Sunday, October 11, 2020
As we approached our destination of Payson, traffic picked up and we were bumper to bumper moving slowly for close to three miles - there was no construction or accident, only a narrowing from two lanes to one. We decided that it had to be weekend traffic heading back to the valley. When we checked into the motel, the clerk said it was like this ever Friday through Sunday.
Saturday, October 10, 2020
Friday, October 9, 2020
A cool sculpture along the river trail.
Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Burrall made Hemingway Daquiri’s for all of us, followed by a yummy dinner of steak, potato, mushrooms, and bread to celebrate Joyce’s birthday. She wore the t-shirt that her mother wore on her 70th birthday, it was signed by family and friends.
Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Sunday, October 4, 2020
Yesterday, Joyce, Tom and I and the dogs went for a nice long walk around the neighborhood that consists of nice homes on lots of 2.5 to 7 acres. We have been lucky to see some wildlife here: large flocks of Sandhill Cranes flying at a high elevation on their southern migration, jackrabbits, and Bluebirds. Last night after dinner, Burrell spotted something flying straight toward the house and thought it was a hawk, but it was a Great Horned Owl that perched on a post at the edge of the yard. What a great sighting!
Thursday, October 1, 2020
Our next stop was to learn about trains and we headed to the Golden Spike Tower that overlooks Bailey Yard, the world’s largest train yard that covers 2,850 acres, reaching a total length of eight miles. The yard is located in the midst of key east-west and north-south corridors, on the busiest freight rail line in America. Each day, Bailey Yard manages 10,000 railroad cars. Of those, 3,000 are sorted to make sure the cargo reaches its final destination.
Bailey Yard has 17 receiving and 16 departure tracks, handling 14,000 rail cars every 24 hours. Around 3,000 cars are sorted each day in the yard’s eastward and westward classification yards, also known as “hump” yards. Using a mound cresting 34 feet for eastbound trains and 20 feet for those heading west, the hump yards allow four cars per minute to roll gently into any of 114 “bowl” tracks. Here they become part of trains headed for destinations in the East, West and Gulf Coasts of America, as well as the Canadian and Mexican borders. An average of 139 trains per day are largely comprised of raw and finished goods, such as automobiles, coal, grain, corn, sugar, chemicals, and steel along with consumer goods, including electronics, apparel and other retail products.
North Platte became a division point for the Union Pacific Railroad. Bailey Yard is where cars are sorted, railroad crews are exchanged, and maintenance or repairs is performed on equipment.
We stood at the top of the tower watching for quite a while. I was fascinated by the “hump”, watching locomotives push cars up to the top of the hump, and watching as 1 or more cars coasted down the hump onto a specific track when it would join other cars heading for the same destination. Most of what we saw were eastbound, but one train was all loaded up and headed west. It was amazing.
We walked to a nearby tavern, Dave’s Pub, for dinner and we were a little stressed as nobody was wearing masks and there was no distancing going on. I asked my friend Google for help and learned that this county has had 425 cases and only 4 deaths - so I felt a little less uncomfortable, had a beer and taco salad.