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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Jumping on the Bandwagon. Or Train.

So, my summer vacation is coming up and my father and I have decided to take a train out to Arkansas to visit the relatives. It was actually my mom's idea and she is thrilled to stay home, as she's been making the trip by car for oh, about fifty years now. Oddly enough, Dominique Browning just wrote about taking an Amtrak trip over at her blog. You should definitely read about her experience traveling across country with her grown sons. While my dad and I aren't going across the entire country, we are going across about a half of it. We will be on the train for about forty-five hours each way, giving me some amazing quality time with him. And ever since I spent a month in England and was introduced to traveling by train, I've wanted to repeat the experience, and now I can. As an added bonus, we'll have a five hour layover in Chicago, a city I've always wanted to visit. I'm hoping we can dash out somewhere for an hour or two, so if anyone has any suggestions, please let me know!

Speaking of jumping on a train (or a bandwagon), I must be the last person on Ravelry to start one of these. I can't tell you how many of them I've seen in the blog-o-sphere lately, and I really wasn't planning on making one until I started thinking about what kind of knitting I needed to take with me. Something I could do while looking out the windows and talking. You know, the perfect project to take on a two day train ride, lots of sitting around listening to family stories once I get to my destination, and then a two day trip home. I think it might be the perfect large project; add a couple of skeins of sock yarns, and I should be all set.

Meanwhile, I have to finish out the school year, and Nance over at The Dept of Nance, wrote the funniest piece about how teachers feel at this time of year. Read it, and remember to treat your teachers well. Because we make this. And this is who we are.


  1. Good luck on the train! I had always wanted to do that too. A couple of years ago we had an opportunity to spend a coupe of days going to Saskatoon on the train. Definitely a worthwhile experience.

  2. Hope you enjoy your train trip. We (my family) use Via Rail here in Canada all the time to get to Toronto. It lands you right downtown and you don't have to worry about what to do with your car. And you don't arrive after a white-knuckle drive down a super-highway. Not to mention the fact that the train is one of the best places to knit.

  3. That looks like a perfect travel project.

  4. I love train travel! It's so calming. Perfect for knitting. I often take the train from DC to Williamsburg and it's so relaxing. I hope you're going to be around when I'm in Wmsburg: roughly July 13-17.

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