I could really use a vacation with a large chunk of quiet time to read, write and reflect. One way I think I’d like to do it would be to take a nice long train ride to nowhere in particular.
I’ve only ever been on two trains, the first was one of those old steam engine fall foliage tours through Jim Thorpe, PA, the other being the Amtrak train shown above when in 2004 I rode from from Los Angeles to Pasadena for a wedding. (I didn’t want to drive the 405 so we took a bus from Santa Monica to Union Station in Downtown LA and then the train to Pasadena – which unfortunately mostly consisted of views of the LA river and a lot of graffiti…)
I think watching the movie The Darjeeling Limited half a dozen times has somewhat glamorized the idea of train travel for me and just the notion of disconnecting for a while with just a journal, a few pens and my eReader makes me want to book a ride right NOW.
Have you ever taken a train ride? Can you lend me some feedback on what kind of experience it was for you? Were you able to sit and enjoy the long stretches of time traveling to and fro? I’d love to hear….