of you might remember my niece Wendy who visited me at Christmastime.
She lives in NY City and is a free lance artist. She's not
constrained by a standard job and can come and go at will. She's
also a great devotee of train travel and proved it last week when she
boarded an Amtrak headed West … a 72 hour trip that climaxed in
Seattle, Washington !
first gasp all I could think was ... THREE DAYS ...without the luxury
of a sleeper! But Wendy loved every minute of it. She was able to
sketch, read, write emails and just plain relax. Here are some of
the details that she shared with me as the days wore on:
is the detail of the ceiling of Union Station in Chicago. (This
picture has many more details than the others because she was able to
take advantage of the indoor lighting.)
sunset is over the swollen Mississippi at La Crosse, Wisconsin.
North Dakota. As they say there: “Why not Minot?”
of the Rockies toward Glacier National Park. Unfortunately it was
overcast, but still beautiful and they even saw 3 moose!
quote Wendy: “It's so
interesting to watch the parade of passengers: Wisconsin
brought whole families of Amish and Mennonite. One Mennonite guy had
a booming cell phone call behind me, talking in the strangest pigeon
brought all characters who could have come straight off a Prairie
Home Companion set (I had a long chat with an antique dealer who
specializes in historic bottles. He
does the garage sale circuit, only on a bike! If he buys large items
he goes back with his van, but he says the bike saves him time -
sometimes he rides 30 miles in a day.)
Dakota, it's Native
my vicarious journey with her. It
was a reminder of the
amazing likes and differences that make up our amazing United States.
No wonder the politicians have a hard time appealing to all !