I have been away for a while. I traveled to Asia for business immediately followed by a sisters-only vacation (first time since before we had kids of our own!) and suddenly, back in my real life there are a lot of things that I needed to catch up on. Overflowing in-box, looming deadlines, and a lot of virtual blank space here at Autumn Journal.
Even with the incredible pace since I have been back, the warmth of the vacation peace hasn’t worn off.
I took the California Zephyr from Denver, Colorado to Truckee, California. It’s been a long time since I traveled long distances by rail. The trip takes about twenty-four hours following the Colorado River and then the Truckee River over the Rocky Mountains, across the Utah and Nevada deserts and into the Sierra Nevada.
It’s easy, in our busy, city centric world to forget that there are still vast, open spaces in our country. Amazing views; long, long stretches of space and sky. There’s nothing quite like sleeping on the train, although I will bring my down pillow next time. On the way home my sister and I packed fruit and pretzels, some chocolate and a nice bottle of red wine so I could skip the pre-fab food options in the dining car.
I desperately needed this trip to fill the creative well and I would recommend a trip via train to anyone who doesn’t have a tight timeline and who doesn’t get ruffled when departure and arrival times are variable!
So what did you do on your summer vacation? Did you fill the well?
Here’s a Google+ auto-generated Story about my trip. I love this feature!