So far on this trip, I have had a fabulous journey. So little stress. Plenty of time to sleep, which was much needed. Good food to eat. I always enjoy "eating out" on vacation. And it was such a different setting than I'm used to. It added to the ambiance and the fun.
Spectacular scenery to watch go by slowly. I half-woke as the sun was rising. Managed a picture. Was in and out of sleep for the next couple of hours, but I really enjoyed laying there in my seat(s) and staring out the windows. Watching the world go slowly by. Not having to worry about being the driver, or navigating, or anything. It made me very nostalgic for the road trips we had when I was growing up. I loved being in our van full of people, and still be allowed to be alone. To love seeing the world go by without any other care in the world at the time. To soak in the beauty that God has put in this world. To get a chance to see an autumn, especially in a part of the country I haven't seen autumn before.
To also have Time. Time alone to think, renew, relax. That is crucial for me and I don't get it very often. At least, not of late. So that was a huge blessing to have--especially to start out immediately with that!
I met some very nice people during the whole journey. People who were helpful and let me know where and when things were, which was quite nice since this was my first trip by train. People who are open to talking when talking is wanted, or fine with silence when silence is wanted. I had breakfast with a writer, and lunch with a retired librarian and a woman involved with bookstores. The people the Lord put in my path so far in the last 24 hours have just reminded me of the goodness of people, the kindness of them. A reminder that every one has a story. That every one is a child of God.
That's all I have to "report" for now. Because there will be so much more. My main reason for the trip hasn't even entered into it, yet. But she will--very soon. In just a few minutes. And I'm so excited to see one of the people I love the most in this world!