Got up at 05:30am to what looked like a haze or overcast morning. I sat and watched the sun peek above the eastern horizon and decided to take a chance on a grab shot from the dinette just to see what the camera would do.
Sunrise at Duck Haven
After that it was breakfast as the trains rolled by the window, early in the morning they have been rolling by about every 15 minutes mostly trailers and containers going from Chicago to LA.
Breakfast is served.
View from the Dining Car Window.
After breakfast I went to wash the cups and coffee pot and when I opened the cupboard under the sink I noticed the P trap on the sink was dripping, I tightened it hand tight and it stopped, must have vibrated loose from traveling.
This morning I am going to head west about 15 miles to Argyle IA. another rural small town to see if there are some nice photo locations.
I stopped at the filling station at the RR crossing and took a picture of downtown Argyle IA. This station also doubles as a lunch counter with a short order grill, fast food hasn’t made it to Argyle yet.Besides this business there is a church and that’s about it, not even a bar.
Downtown Argyle Ia.
I then got several trains coming through before I decided to try to get to the bridge crossing the Des Moines River, never made it to the bridge as the rural road going there was flooded just before the turn to the bridge and I had to turn back.
One of the last of the old Santa Fe engines bought right before the BNSF merger. Not many Red/Silver Warbonnet painted units left.
As I was making my way back on that rural road I came to a cemetery with a big crowd of people. The funeral director asked if I could stop as they had a team of horse’s bringing the deceased down the road from his home and there wasn’t any place to pass. Of course I said sure and pulled onto the grass by the cemetery entrance, I didn’t mean any disrespect to the deceased but I felt a picture of the unusual funeral conveyance and his/her honor guard all on horse’s was interesting to preserve what is certainly a disappearing part of rural life. Whoever the person was they were popular for there were about 100 people out in the middle of nowhere attending the burial.
Must be Family or close friend.
6 riders followed the hearse wagon.
Just one more train for today.
Okay I am heading to McDonalds to check my mail & post this I will try to get something out tomorrow an for anyone who is waiting for a reply to an e-mail with the 511 URL’s attached I am waiting to get home where I can send it on my DSL.
Rigg’s I will see you & Mom Sunday sometime, be a good boy for Mom…..
Be safe out there, Sam & Donna.