A week and a half ago I wrote about a writing adventure I had on the Coast Starlight train from Los Angeles to Oakland. I posted many photos of the trip but I still haven't filled you in on the train ride itself.
The first part of the train ride is through the San Fernando Valley with interesting views out the windows. The scenery is city after city after city with the Verdugo Mountains in the background. Then the train goes through a pass between these really cool rocky hills to somehow get from the valley on its way to the coast. There's even an old-fashioned train station in the middle of nowhere that we sped by.
One of the most unique areas that the Coast Starlight goes through is Vandenberg Air Force Base. Most of the base is undeveloped, although the buildings that you do see are the color of camouflage. Unfortunately, I forgot to take any photos, so the base will remain unseen. Shortly thereafter, the sun set, so the rest of the train ride was in the dark. We arrived at Jack London Square in Oakland a half hour late, so the trip took almost twelve hours, many more than the drive would have taken. On the other hand, we didn't have to drive. We could sit in our chairs, drink wine and eat, write our stories, and stretch our legs whenever we wanted.
I would definitely take this train route again, but I would go in the summer, when it would be light until late, and I wouldn't miss anything outside my train window.
Plot? MC is about to day hike the beginning of the Appalachian Trail
Word Count? 41, 708