Sunset Limited Train Route

Monday, December 21, 2009

As we wrap up 2009, I can't help but begin to get excited about fun little side trips we have planned for next year. Is it just me, or is 2010 already shaping up to be uber busy?

One of the weddings we'll be attending next summer is in Los Angeles, California- over 2000 miles away. And for those of you who know me well, you know that I'm not a fan of the airplane. I'm intrigued with the airplane- like how it gets off the ground and stays up in the air... & how the pilot maintains control of it in holy-sh*t turbulence. But the flying part, not so much. Airports don't bother me- I enjoy the people watching. Delays don't get to me- I'm not terribly anxious to walk the jetway anyway. It's the complete irrational fear of crashing that gets me every time. Don't get me wrong, it won't keep me from going places, and I did spend the better part of this past year flying to and from work each week, so again, it's not a debilitating fear. It's just a fear. And if given a choice, I'd much prefer the European way of travel- high-speed, efficient train travel. I've traveled several times through various parts of Europe by train, and I can't help but wonder: When is the idea going to catch on here in the States? Maybe ol' Warren Buffet is a step ahead of me here with his recent Burlington Northern purchase.

I stumbled across an article in the Times-Picayune this weekend titled 'Railway is the Right Way.' The article was about a family that wanted to slow it down a bit for the holidays, and opted for the train, instead of the plane, as their form of transportation to visit their family in southern California. The trip originated in New Orleans, and crossed through southern Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona to eventually end in Los Angeles. The 1995 mile trip took 48 hrs. It was void of the chaos that is holiday airport travel, and chock full of relaxation & sights they'd never have been able to experience from 38,000 feet. The family had a sleeper car, complete with beds + shower, and had access to the dining car and lounge car. They even got out for a walk in Tucson during a scheduled stop and were able to visit a local site they had heard about. The more I learn about this Sunset Limited treck, the more I want to book it for our trip out to L.A. in July... what a relaxing break that would be for Chad & me... kicking back for a couple of days with my favorite person, no blackberries, a few bottles of wine, a great book and the landscape of the southern U.S. out the window. Hmm, I'll keep you posted.

-lila

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