Friday, May 30, 2008

or what i did on my lunch break

if you could do a trip anywhere in north america
(say you have 2-3 weeks for this trip)
where would you go and
what would you do?

i never think of traveling,
until someone suggests to me,
'you should do some traveling.'

when i was going to school in s.f.,
i'd wake up at 3:45 am five days a week,
and catch the first train out of sacramento.
i miss the feeling of getting to my destination
without the responsibility of getting myself there.
i'd sit at the window and stare out into the openness
or sleep and dream of the possibilities.
(i just wrote that and suddenly
wanted to kick my own ass)

traveling by rail,
with it's many stops,
allows one to see all the inbetween spots
far from the major highways and thoroughfares.
and traveling by plane would be out of the question.
rail is pretty much worry-free.
no gas needed. no speeding tickets.
no worrying about other (drunk) drivers.
so that's what i've come up with this morning.
(the last hour was spent making this sweet map!)

(click it to see it bigger)

i'd start in sacramento,
head south to los angeles.
and then make my way eastward.
obviously, i would get my ass off the train
and dive into every town and wilderness i found myself.
who knows where i'll end up.

fyi: i took liberties drawing the dashed line.
it isn't meant to be accurately representational.
but it gives you an idea of the path i'd like to take.

also, i'm too lazy
(and running out of time)
to go into detail on the reasons
i'd visit each of those places.

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