Favorite Means of Transportation
photo by pnther60
Do you have a favorite way to go places? The convenience and flexibility of driving is undeniable, but man, oh man, I love trains! I love waiting on the platform and looking down the tracks to see if it's on its way, I love the smell at the train station, I love the whoosh of wind on my face as it arrives - it's all so exciting.
I rarely get to take train trips in the US, but a couple of weekends ago I decided that enough is enough, cats or no cats, I need to adventure.
The ride was beautiful. The Surfliner train runs right next to the beach. I got to see lots of sea-lions (and/or dolphins - I'm not sure I can tell the difference), seagulls and pelicans. When you live in a small non-airconditioned apartment in the summer, you learn to not stay cramped inside. So, when an opportunity presents to escape to much milder Santa Barbara for a few hours, you definitely take it.
The only thing I don't like about trains is leaving whoever is waving goodbye to me on the platform. I hate saying goodbye, in general, but leaving by train makes it even worse. There is the standing and looking at each other teary-eyed through the train window, waiting for the train to start moving, walking next to the window while you can still keep up with the train, and then seeing the station disappear as you get further and further away. There is a feeling of helplessness. But inevitably, as the train gains momentum, the steady rocking of the train calms me down and I remember to just breathe.
photo by robyn
I fell asleep on the ride back, drove home to two obviously-just-woken-up-from-a-nap cats and all three of us stretched, yawned and went back to sleep.