I departed Chicago on the California Zephyr headed for “California Dreamin” in San Fransiciso, CA (SF).
When planning this trip, I originally intended to make brief stops in Salt Lake City and Reno on the way to SF. That idea was scraped when I decided that I wanted to get the full train experience of sleeping, eating, bathing and connecting with my fellow travelers. I am so glad I made that itinerary adjustment. I can’t imagine having missed out on this experience.
This was not the movie version of train travel. I don’t think anyone planned or committed murder on this trip but, there were as many interesting stories and dramatic events as any screenwriter could conceive and far more beauty to behold than any cinematographer could capture or special effects team could create.
If a picture is worth a thousand words; I’ve taken so many pictures; it’s probably the equivalent of 10 volumes of War and Peace or Gone with the Wind; but rest assured I will be a tough editor (thank you Newsseum) and share the most interesting. Please note, I didn’t say that I’m sharing the prettiest or most perfect images. What I’m sharing are the images that seem to capture what I saw with my eyes and my heart at the very moment that I experienced it.