The planets aligned and I am now planning to go to New York City to attend the class and then from the city catch a train up to Rochester NY to run Mind the Ducks 12 hour of which only has 19 spots available to sign up. So if you want to go, better make plans now!
Did you catch the part about me catching the train? I just received my confirmation email and am so excited! Why the train you might wonder. Since having children I have given up on my daredevil ways. I still have the gumption just have more restraint. No more bungee jumping or skydiving and enter in a fear of thunderstorms, appendicitis, and flying.
Flying and airports give me a public school vibe with the rules, security, unhappy airport personnel, and even more cranky scanned and harried travelers and yet so many people think that things have to be done this way. Not for me. I will arrive my reasonable 30 minutes early to board the train and sit back and watch the beautiful scenery go by. Yes it might take longer but the time I spent relaxed opposed as the time I spend stressed is worth it.
I was told today by a friend that the Amtrak seats are incredibly comfortable and roomy and that the trip itself is relaxing. The lounge and food cars are charming and since I will have layovers in Chicago and Washington DC my train will come in to the station located in the middle of the city. I can go and explore for a few hours and use public transportation or even walk. I think that riding the train may be number one on the list of things I am excited about! Seriously, Amtrak, if you read this, you should sponsor me!
Booking my trip was easy on the website and only $311 later I have a trip from Osceola Iowa, and on a side note, why the hell is the train station 30 minute drive from Des Moines?? That needs to be worked on as well as high speed rail from Chicago to Des Moines and beyond.
Like I said, the planets aligned. On May 7th I will roll into Washington DC on National Train Day. This makes my heart ache that my boys won't be there to celebrate. The youngest two spawn are nuts about trains.
Amtrak is celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year and there will be events and exhibits at Union Station from 1:00-4:00. There will be an exhibit car debuting at the station that day as part of the celebrations. The Exhibit train will spend the next year traveling around the US.
Now I am obsessed with trains! Ever seen "The Station Agent"? Excellent movie. Not so much about trains but the people.
This is a diverse blog if you have not noticed. I am thinking just now how wonderful it is to have so many interests! I used to be bored so often as a child and even into my teens and twenties. Now there is not enough time in a day. Its either barefoot running, minimal shoes, bees, trains which leads to eco friendly travel ect ect, and of course my four boy spawn and not to forget autism and throw in my husband too and I am a busy happy girl.