Your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you. It’s not a cheap photoshop trick; what you are looking at is our actual train tickets for our cross country trip. After a lot of research and careful planning we finally have something tangible in our hands that says “this is definitely going to happen” and I must say it feels great!
I have one piece of advice to anyone out there who cares to listen. If you have a dream, something you want to accomplish, then do it. Don’t talk about it, make it a reality! If you can’t afford it, then work towards it, but make it happen. There is nothing more satisfying then knowing you are living life on your terms.
Say hello to Ed. Our paths met with Ed’s when we decided to finally get up the nerve to finalize our travel plans for this summer. Ed took his time, carefully checking each leg of our trip so as not to strand us in the middle of nowhere. Just when we thought we were done, we had to finalize our trip over the phone with a wonderful woman named Nancy. Nancy couldn’t have been nicer and it was obvious that she really wanted us to have a flawless trip. I can’t speak highly enough of the Amtrak staff and their dedication to ensure our trip’s success. Thank you Ed and Nancy!
’til next time…The Vagabonds
Why is the dog referred to as man’s best friend? Is it their undying love and affection? Is it their loyal nature? Maybe it is their ability to read their owners emotions and in some silent way know exactly what to do in every situation. I know that I have shared my joys and my sorrows with my loyal bulldog. I have told her things I have never told anyone else (Yes, I tell my dog secrets). She is a part of my family and we love her with all of our hearts. The problem with dogs is that like all living things they don’t live forever. While hiking Mount Beacon with friends and our dog, Matilda, we came across the rock structure in the photo above. It was a monument built to memorialize a lost friend. A final gesture in friendship and one of the nicest ways to say “thank you” I have ever seen. Our Matilda will not live forever, I know this. While I don’t know what goes through a dogs mind, I just hope that when it is her time to leave this world she knows how much we love her and how special she is.
’til next time…The Vagabonds
For all you visual learners, we’ve (as in my artistic boyfriend) have created this map of our itinerary. According to the Muppets, it’s faster to travel by map, fortunately for us it will still take 30 days!
Hey everyone… We are starting a blog so that we cannot only tell the world about our travels, but also have a collection of adventures and stories for ourselves. In the next few months you will see posts from us that discuss our travel plans. We are so excited about this summer and cannot wait to share it all with you.
The Birth of the Concept: As many of you know, Mike and I lived a couple hours away from each other for the first 2 years of our relationship, which led to many hours of talking on the phone. One night, he and I decided to make a bucket list together. We came up with countless things that the two of us wanted to do together before we, well you know…That night we spent three hours developing this working list.
The Concept: Travel as much of the United States in 30 days by Amtrak only
The Concept Becomes a Reality: I didn’t want to just talk about traveling and seeing the world. I wanted to actually do it and do it with Mike. So this Christmas, I bought Mike his rail pass (Amtrak’s ticket that gives us the 30 days to travel anywhere in the country).
We’ve talked about everything we like to see and do. We’ve chatted with friends and family to get their opinions. Now it’s time for us to get to it and plan!