Usually, I log windshield hours overnight, bleary-eyed and hammer down for shoot and projects down south..it’s not a great use of my time and the jet lag can be pretty brutal. Flying with camera gear is a drag, so until I am flying myself there in my own plane, I’d rather drive when possible.
But then I found @amtrak
- a perfect happy medium and a damn fine way to travel. I setup my roomette office and got to work taking calls, editing vids and building websites, breaking just long enough for complimentary meals and good conversations in the dining car with people I don’t normally encounter.
For instance, Hunter & Claire, the WWII vet and his wife I enjoyed a meal with in route to LA while the sun set over the Pacific Ocean. They told me stories of the draft, raising a family, a career at @nasajpl
and restoring a vacation house in falls city with their boys. I’d never have that experience in the car and most likely, not on a 3-wide coach config of an airliner either.
After dinner, I was surprised to find the bed turned down, pillows fluffed and ready for a good sleep to the tune of the train chugging down the tracks.
It’s old timey, it’s slow, its comfortable and it’s awesome. So my friends, the next time you’re traveling the west coast I say...buy the ticket, take the ride! 🚂🚞🍃
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