Riding through New England on the "Vermonter" felt magical and lovely. It was the first time Danny and I had been on Amtrak together.
The American scenes - the farms, small towns, and churches - and the gentle sway of the train felt so comforting and rejuvenating.
There wasn't a google map to fiddle with. No wrong turns. No gas stations stops.
Instead, just being, sitting, enjoying. Reading, staring, cuddling (!).
We bought a Mexican picnic to take on board.
Danny downloaded a movie for us to watch.
We watched the snow flurries from our window.
We took delight in writing and thinking creatively to the sway of the train.
We had our laptops and wifi and our four-seater lounge. We loved to face each other. Sometimes it's nice to just stare.
And I didn't mind it one bit when Danny would say, "Meet me half way for a kiss." :) :) I don't know how I got so lucky to be the recipient of the most loving guy ever. (Even when I have crazy bed head, no make-up, and little sleep due to our return from Scandinavia the night before. :)
When we can get some U.S. events scheduled, it's our dream to take the train as we won't actually even have a car (we are in the process of selling both of our cars right now. If anyone is interested, let us know.) And, Amtrak has THE COOLEST new writer residency program. They are offering writers the chance to ride the train for FREE as a writer in residence. They're accepting applications now. (We found out about this from Snapdragon Inn as they are attracting some writers to their Inn, too. Yay for writer residencies. I just love the idea.)
Do you have any favorite train routes? And what are some of your dream U.S. destinations?
Me: Maine, Nantucket, San Francisco (never been!), Jackson Hole, Zions National Park, Lake Powell, Yosemite, Canyon de Chelly, Bisbee, Havasupai.