Cookie's First Train Ride
I was having a blast driving all over the country. I was in Buffalo, New York & wanted to take a brief jaunt down to New York City because I had gotten a migraine & hadn't gotten to do everything I wanted to the first time I went.
I had been wanting to take a train ride for a long time, so I decided that's what I would do. I planned out the trip for my days off & made the reservations.
I knew I would be working the night before the trip, so I decided to reserve a sleeping compartment in case I wanted to nap. I always thought it would be fun to ride in one of these anyway.
Boarding was fairly easy, but it did not take me long to discover that the business class seats were really uncomfortable. They were pretty close together & did not have much cushion in the seats at all. In fact, they were pretty much worn out from being sat in so much.
Once we were on our way there was some interesting scenery. It was nice to be in the passenger seat & to be able to take in all of the sights. Don't get me wrong- I love to drive around aimlessly but it was fun to get to just look around & not miss much. There is not much opportunity to do that safely while being the driver.
The food car attendant on the return trip was also much more tolerable- nice actually. I was happy to be having a more pleasant trip on my return to Buffalo. I was a little worried about whether my truck would be there, though. I had some friends I could call if I needed a ride, but the thought of having to go through more nonsense to figure out where my truck was & get it back wasn't a pleasant one.
Fortunately, my truck was right where I left it. Good thing- because Amtrak would have had a mess on their hands if it hadn't been. I hopped in it & tootled on back to my temporary residence.
Even though the trip was overall quite the disaster, I'm glad I had the experience. Life is an adventure. Every moment is not a glamorous picnic but I am glad to have my memories. Driving back & forth across the country twice has resulted in amazing memories. I only hope you will embrace opportunities that come your way & create lasting memories of your own.