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Ridin' that train

I need a Jump for Joy icon, 'cause I'm going on vacation. Tomorrow, roseambr and I are taking the Coast Starlight to Santa Barbara.

Now, I may be the only person in the world who dislikes Santa Barbara, but that's because my family moved there in the middle of my senior year of high school, and no town, however gorgeous, can honestly be expected to recover from that. But my brother still lives there, and he's having an art show, and I desperately need to get away from the World's Tallest Basement for a few days, and foreign travel is completely out of the question.

So tomorrow around lunchtime, I'm hauling my overworked self, my computer, my camera, a couple of bottles of wine, and a toothbrush down to Union Station, and--in a complete absence of TSA agents, X-rays, metal detectors, body-searches, zip-lock bags, shoe-removal, or the surrendering of liquids--walking onto Superliner Car 1130.

And then? Twenty-nine hours of Pacific coast scenery, leisurely conversation with my best friend, club car visiting, wine-sipping, reading, writing, and snoozing in the private roomette, followed by two days of art and architecture in Santa Barbara, which I am determined to make up with.

I'm sure there'll be at least a couple of photos.


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Sep. 19th, 2008 06:09 pm (UTC)
Sep. 19th, 2008 07:07 pm (UTC)
Absolutely without question, I will.
Sep. 19th, 2008 07:02 pm (UTC)
Have fun! :-D
Sep. 19th, 2008 07:08 pm (UTC)
Will I or won't I take along the SPN S4 premier ep I bittorrented last night?

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Sep. 19th, 2008 07:32 pm (UTC)
Have a great time!
Sep. 19th, 2008 07:42 pm (UTC)
I expect I will! How bad could it be--a thousand miles of coastal and inland scenery from the comfort of a private train compartment, complete with wine and conversation. And my computer.

The only thing missing will be internet, because I couldn't get my act in gear to figure out a cellular solution. So, a little withdrawal, but that's the only downside I can see.
Sep. 19th, 2008 09:29 pm (UTC)
Oh, yes, I'd much prefer an rail trip like that to a flight. A chance to have a good rest. It sounds like luxury to me, reading and writing and ever-changing scenery. I didn't know your brother was an artist. I hope his show is a big success. Have a great time.
Sep. 19th, 2008 09:44 pm (UTC)
Yes! There's definitely a cozy, resting factor here that far outweighs the destination.

My brother paints as an avocation and, like most artists, earns a living doing something else. In his case, making surfboards, which really has always sounded nearly as glamorous to me!
Sep. 19th, 2008 11:07 pm (UTC)
I just sent you an e-mail asking if you were ready for the TRAIN RIDE! I see here that you are as ready as I am! *Great long screeches of excitment*

Yes, we are going to have such a great, relaxing time! Whoo Hoo! California here we come....
Sep. 20th, 2008 01:07 am (UTC)
Sep. 19th, 2008 11:19 pm (UTC)
Oooh! That looks like fun! Have a good time ^_^
Sep. 20th, 2008 01:06 am (UTC)
I'm thinking that signs point to a good time.
Sep. 20th, 2008 01:11 am (UTC)
Train trips are great.
Sep. 20th, 2008 01:12 am (UTC)
It's been an ungodly number of years since I took one in the US, but I've loved every one I ever took in Europe.

I'll report.
Sep. 20th, 2008 01:46 pm (UTC)


Sep. 21st, 2008 04:39 pm (UTC)
What an idiot I am that I missed this! I loved the ride I took, from Pennsylvania to Oregon a few years back. Train ride...it was so civilized and so exactly what I needed at the time.

I'm off to catch up!
Sep. 22nd, 2008 01:53 am (UTC)
Wow, I did that trip once, as a child, with my whole family. Portland to Philly on the Union Pacific, back before Amtrak. Going into Union Station again yesterday and seeing the restored or preserved interior with the big wooden benches and the echoey marble walls brought back some of the very earliest memories of my life.

This has been an excellent adventure so far!
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