It’s still difficult to find spare time. Both businesses are doing well, but that cuts both ways. It’s been stressful. Days off are spent doing chores.
It was a year ago that I hopped on the train and rode it through Colorado, Utah, Nevada, California, Arizona and New Mexico. Last night I dreamed about hopping on the train and going as far as Reno then heading back. That idea really appeals to me right now.
It would be so relaxing, because as a captive on a train, there is nothing to do but to eat, sleep, and watch the scenery go by. Forced passiveness.
Why Reno? Because it’s 24 hours from Denver. A day and a night in one direction.
When I woke after the dream, I went online and checked fares for next week. Unfortunately, the fares discourage improvisation. The bedrooms are booked.
I miss hiking and exploring and taking photos. Now we are entering winter, and with the clocks falling back an hour, short days and darkness.
I love travel by train, for the same reasons you state – forced relaxation and sightseeing, I think it is the ideal way to go. It was instilled at an early age as I took Amtrak from Denver to northern California with my grandparents when I was five years old. We did quite a few day trips by train in Spain and it was so lovely. I wish the rates were not so discouraging, and that I actually had enough vacation time to make the slow way more feasible.
Still haven’t traveled by train and still want to.
Hopefully, sometime soon, you’ll get an opportunity to make Reno.