The ultimate in multitasking — doing the things I normally do and love — reading, writing, listening to audio books, watching movies, even napping, and while doing all these things traveling three hundred miles. Have I transformed into Superwoman? No. I just took an eight-hour trip along the Golden State on the Amtrak. Riding the rails, one of my favorite ways to travel.
Why do I love train rides so much? A number of reasons. It’s smooth like a jet with recliner-like legroom and the views of an IMAX screen. When the last-minute airfares jump around and become out of reach, the consistent and dependable prices of the train are much more appealing. And bonus — there are many out of the ordinary glimpses to be seen: blossoming strawberries, deer running in a field, domestic fish-farmers, parasailors skimming the currents of air, wildflowers sprinkling color along sides of roads, mischievous boys in obscure parts of town, dog-walkers, and goats roaming the hillside.
During this most current journey I also discovered that Amtrak has stepped up its offerings for the long-distance rides. For those who want more than the reminisces of old: the clickety clack of moving along the tracks, the experience of eating in diner cars, sleeping in sleeper cars, and meeting new people through community seating, there are a number of additional offerings to enjoy. While onboard the Coast Starlight the staff and crew members advertised such programs as movies in the Screening Car, a Rails & Trails guided presentation, announcements of upcoming and spectacular views, and on-board wine tasting.
For my journey I chose to finish my latest Book Club read, read up on some programming tips, and enjoy my brown-bag lunch with a seaside view — reservations for one.