Looking back at my journal, I see that I never did get around to talking about my upcoming vacation. Time to correct that. At the end of the month, I'll be boarding the newly-refreshed Empire Builder travelling from Seattle to Chicago. The route passes through some of the most beautiful scenery in the country, including my long-favorite Glacier National Park. I've wanted to ride this train for ages, so I'm taking the plunge.
In Chicago, I'll be meeting up with barlow_girl, as she'll be in town for a work-related conference. It's been years since I was there, and I'm looking forward to taking in a slice of the city with her (even if it's just a slice of Chicago-style pizza). Face-to-face time is a challenge over the distance, but it also makes for some great adventure possibilities like this one. Also working on plans to see hustlah and roughdiamond while there.
After a few days, it's back on the train to my beloved city. I've really enjoyed train travel in the past, and though I can't afford a sleeping car (one could actually purchase a car for the price!), I'm pretty sure I can stay comfortable (I'm most concerned about music and wonder if I'll be able to plug in my iBook). At 40+ hours each way, however, I can't vouch for how presentable I'll be at either arrival.
Regardless, I'm beyond excited and counting the days.