Friday, April 30, 2010
:: midnight train to georgia
i've been aching to take a train ride. just over a year ago, i drove down to chicago with my friend. my work schedule didn't allow me to stay as long as she did, so i hopped a train home a few days early. i snapped the above photo shortly after we lurched forward toward the first stop. the solitary five hour rail ride was a beautiful experience.
there is something about riding in a train car that makes me feel all at once adventurous and simple. it makes me feel old-fashioned---in the most amazing way, of course. it makes me ponder the days when the railroad was revolutionary. when getting from one side of the country to the other took days, instead of hours.
there is something so beautifully earthy about train travel. the way you can see the world whizzing past. how you can take in the landscapes. and buildings. the color of the sky. it's life in fast forward. it's a blurry wonder. it's a tad bit magical.
perhaps i'll board a train sometime soon. small bag stored away neatly over my head. cup of steamy coffee in my hand. i'll lean back and close my eyes until we start moving. then i'll stare, wide eyed with wonderment, as i rush along with the rotation of the earth.