|It is hard to imagine a place as lush as Virginia after leaving a desert that is|
going on 10 months without a drop of rain
The last couple of days, I stayed with my friends Keleigh and Thomas, who live part time in Terlingua Texas.
|The secret hot springs in Big Bend with Keleigh and Thomas.|
|Niko and Jana Laven sit in at |
Oddfella's in Floyd, Virginia.
Back on the train, I tried to convince the snack dealer to let me use my own coffee mug, but he explained that Amtrak verifies the amount of coffee beverages sold from the amount of disposable cups missing from their inventory at the end of a shift. This protocol doesn't fit with their campaign to use the train as a greener form of travel. It is also incongruent with their their substantial efforts to provide recycling bins on board. But I needed the coffee.
And now my playcation takes me to Philadelphia, after 6.5 hours on the train, where I will reunite with 20+ South African cousins.