I’ve jumped ahead of the story just a little bit in that where this photo was taken is already into the Colorado area; but today’s story starts in California.
Traveling from Northern California to Denver, Colorado, the scene out of the Amtrak window changes from the Carquinez Strait as we pulled out of the station in the little town of Martinez that began my journey, to little towns in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, fir and spruce trees going by as we began the slow climb up the mountain, passing through canyons; the rails following alongside lakes and rivers. Photos are of the Carquinez Strait, Truckee, The American River Canyon, Donner Lake. The landscape shifting as we get into the outer Nevada area heading into Utah, dry arid land and long, desolate highways. Truckers are seen coming and going, with a few cars and campers joining the parade in the desert.
A friend texted at one point and said where are you? I should have taken a selfie to show what was probably registering on my face…I had no clue, but I sent her this photo.
A desert sunset turning into night, and towns drifting by with lights in windows making me wonder who lived here, and the stories that are held within these walls.
We’ll wake up together next Sunday and pick up the trip as the train crosses over the Colorado border to see an impressive change in vistas to greenery, the beautiful Colorado River, and the rafters enjoying the river on this 4th of July weekend.
And because last week’s traveler didn’t appear at all, I’ll post this one a little earlier than usual.