Staying On Track … and Memories

SUMMER SOLSTICE HAS come and gone, which means our long days will start to shorten once again. We still have delightfully long well-lit evenings and I should be jumping at this opportunity to dust off my camera and catch some twilight shots down by the ocean and in the hills. But instead, book deadlines have me tethered.

I dream of traveling–it’s been two years … waaay too long for me. This craving for travel is problematic, as it muddles my mind with lovely visions of Ireland, Scotland–and takes my focus away for the task at hand: editing and spinning my story further. Recently, there was news that the train that connects much of the western coastline is on the chopping block which made me yearn for traveling (by train) even more. It is so sad that train travel in California does not even get a second though from people.

Once, as a child, my poor mom was in charge of me (and my siblings) as we traveled by train to our new home in Southern California. My dad had to rush down there to start his new job, leaving mom with all of us–I think there were four of us at the time. I think they chose wisely and I am thankful this was the mode of transportation chosen. Putting all of us on a plane might have been faster, but I’m not so sure I could have contained my energy for even that short a time. The train experience was mesmerising for me. The rhythmic clickety-clack and gentle motion of the train made the trip more tolerable. ¬†That, and the fact I had row after row of strangers to make friends with or that needed entertaining–oh, my. I couldn’t have been too bad, since we were not put off the train (giggle). It is a fond echo of a memory in my mind. ¬†I’ve always enjoyed train rides and I made sure my daughter learned to enjoy them too. She was a lot more well behaved on the train rides we did with her than I was, I’m sure!

Traveling by train is something everyone should experience at least once in their life. Then you will understand the sadness I feel at the news of them cutting service to our area. I will not be able to take the train up the coast to Oregon or Washington to visit friends (um, I don’t mind planes, but if I am given a choice, I’d much rather travel by train due to the huge queues and all the waiting–things my body doesn’t like–when traveling by plane).

Trains allow you to wander around–truly stretch your legs out, chat with quite a few people as you move from your seat to the dining car or the observatory car … and there are no seat belts, no “air turbulence” that will keep you cross-legged if you need to use the facilities. It is a far gentler form of travel.

I’m praying that the train routes are saved from The (governmental) Ax … and now, I need to put aside these travel desires for a bit so that I can get my books edited and written.

Tell me, though–what do you think of train travel? And have you done any adventures on a train–or plan to in the near future?

I bid you adieu for now. Have a blessed Friday and weekend. The Fourth of July is literally just around the corner–what are your plans?

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  1. I’ve done train trips between here and Toronto. Between that and air travel to the same destination, I’d rather take the train. When you add in all the headaches of pre-boarding and the amount of time you’re spending at an airport, it’s the same amount of time, minus the headaches.

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