Train Bridge

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I have always loved trains; I find them mysterious, and intriguing. I like to dream of where they’re going, and where they came from. I wonder about what they’re carrying, and who’s riding them. I live close to the train tracks, and most nights I can hear the lonely whistle of the train, and I try to imagine where it is headed as I fall asleep.

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Sometimes I dream that I am on that train, headed to some far away, unknown town.

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I always have the yearning to travel far far away, and train tracks always make me dream of distant places.

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Train Watch

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One windy autumn Saturday, my husband, sister and I went for a walk downtown. A few minutes into the walk, a train could be heard in the distance, so we raced over to the tracks in front of a local coffee shop to watch it go by.

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(Krankies Coffee)

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We waited and waited, but the train didn’t seem to be coming. We grew tired of the odd looks the people at the coffee shop were giving us as we stood in the parking lot staring at the train tracks, so we decided to forget the train and continue our walk.

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We had barely walked one block before the train’s horn sounded again, and so close!  We ran back to the coffee shop parking lot to get an up close glimpse of the train.

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After we finished our walk and were getting in the car, we could hear another train on the way!  We drove past it on the way back home.

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We even crossed under it!

I love spotting the train as it travels through the city.

Views from the Train Window


Riding the train home from Washington DC, we passed through many small towns.


Many of the buildings seemed forgotten, abandoned.

But some showed signs of life.



There were quiet little houses, each holding its own little story that I will never know. And they will never know mine.





It is interesting to pass through towns you might not otherwise ever see, towns that have long been forgotten. I always wonder what life is like in different places. 

The DC Metro

Riding the metro is a big part of visiting Washington DC.
 I love the metro; the stations are such a busy, energizing place, and riding the trains is always an adventure. 

The adventures start with a long decent by escalator deep underground.  In DC there were some of the longest escalators I have ever seen. About halfway through they can get disorienting and make you feel like you are going straight up or down. I always felt like I was going to fall over and ended up holding on really tight and got afraid to move. Haha!

 On our last visit, we didn’t bring a car so we used to metro to travel everywhere. Paying for metro trips will add up really fast, so it’s best to get a metro pass if you’ll be there for more than a few days. 

We bought the 7 day short trip pass, which costs 36 dollars and allows unlimited trips off peak hours, and covers trips up to $3.60 during peak hours. After the $3.60 you just have to load some money on your card to pay the difference. The maximum fare is $5.90, so you will never pay more then $2.30 per trip. Another pass is offered for 60 dollars that includes unlimited on peak trips, but it is not really worth the money if your average trip will not go over $3.60.  You can check the cost of your metro trips here and determine if you will be traveling many long distances during your stay or not.  Peak hours are from opening until 9:30 AM, and 3:30 to 7:00 PM. 


With an unlimited pass that means you can ride the metro anywhere and everywhere, without worrying about paying anything extra!


We ended up riding the metro many times during rush hour. The trains were jam packed, but that was part of the fun. It’s interesting to see all the busy people heading to work, and trying to imagine what they do, and where they are hurrying off to.


This trip was the first one we have ever taken without a car. It feels a lot more adventurous to try and make your way around the city by a combination of walking, metro riding and bus riding. I wish my own city had a metro system!

Photo an Hour- Train Ride to Washington DC

I really like doing a photo an hour on travel days. I suppose it helps to pass the time and it ends up being a good way to start blogging about trips.

This was April 10th. The day we traveled to Washington DC.

Saturday night was the polar vortex’s last hurrah. I had to dig up my sad vegetables and bring them inside and cover up all my new little plants so they wouldn’t freeze to death.
 So Sunday morning my alarm went off at 5:45 so I would have time to uncover my plants and re-plant my veggies before we left.

6:00 AM

Preparing my face and body for travel.

7:00 AM

Riding in the backseat as my mom drove us to the Train station.

8:00 AM

TRAIN!

I had never traveled by train before and was so excited I could hardly contain myself.

9:00 AM

My favorite part of the train ride was riding through all the train yards and seeing more train stuff.
 Trains.



10:00 AM

An overpriced train breakfast. 
I imagined that train travel would be a lot more like plane travel, with tight security, so I didn’t think we would be able to bring food and I imagined our bags would be searched. Nope. They let us hop right on and didn’t even check to make sure we had tickets until the train was already moving. Hah! And then on the train some old ladies next to us brought an entire suitcase full of food to eat for the whole trip. They knew what was up.

11:00 AM

Passing though cute little towns.

12:00 PM

Time for another overpriced train meal. I had a veggie burger which was just a patty on bread with some mustard, for 8 dollars. But at least it was surprisingly flavorful and filled me up.

We ate in the dining car and this river was one of the many lovely views we had.

1:00 PM

Somewhere in North Carolina’s armpit.


2:00 PM

Passing the time studying French.

3:00 PM

Are we there yet??

4:00 PM

First glimpse of DC!


5:00 PM

We were greeted with the busy crowds of a big city at rush hour, but managed to make it out of the train station and get our metro cards with only minor confusion. Then we made our way by metro to our hotel, with some more minor confusion that involved us entirely circling Dupont Circle because I momentarily forgot how to read a map. 

6:00 PM

After Checking into our Hotel we walked over to the grocery store and stocked up on bananas, peanut butter, bread and potato chips. I would have gotten yogurt but our room didn’t have a fridge. It also didn’t have a thermostat or hot water, but who needs those things?!

7:00 PM

Walking!  Where to? No idea! Just exploring. Dupont Circle is a pretty place!

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We ended up at the monument as the sun was setting and some mysterious steam from a vent was floating through the air. It was a pretty sight and a great way to end our first day in the capitol city.

9:00 PM

Our aching feet told us it was time to call it a night and metro back to our hotel. Little did we know that was actually the best our feet would feel whole trip. We ended up walking over 25,000 steps two of the days we were there. That’s about 12 miles! I thought for sure my calf muscles were going to burst out of my legs and run away they were so sore.

Stay tuned for my DC adventures!

An Autumn Day Spent Exploring

These pictures of from a fun Autumn Saturday, two years ago, spent exploring. They were taken on the same day as these photos that I used in an outfit post the other week.

Me, Steven and his brother met up for some Chinese takeout and then went on an adventure to find a way to walk on a train bridge that we always rode bikes under, and we also ended up finding some other neat things as well. We finished the day by getting a bunch of fun snacks from a gas station and discussing our great adventure!

We found a place to park close to the train tracks, and started walking towards the direction of the bridge.

Found it!

It goes over the greenway that we like to walk and bike on, but we had no idea how to get up to it.

It is really high up. Not to mention it’s still in use. We kept freaking ourselves out thinking we heard train whistles and were ready to bolt at any second. (Hi Mom!)

I edited this one two years ago and the rest were done this month. It’s interesting to see how much I’ve changed my editing technique, it’s a much more natural look now. In some cases I still like the strange look I used to give my photos, but I feel like it would be exhausting to look at my posts if all the photos were like that.




The street we parked on to get to the bridge was in a pretty run down area, there were lots of abandoned houses and this one had a way to get in!

It didn’t have a whole lot going for it..


Next we walked on the old pedestrian bridge that was close by. I had ridden under it a million times on the interstate, but never walked on it before. I’m glad we did because it’s torn down now. 


That’s another train bridge in the distance that we didn’t walk on because I was too scared of that one for some reason. This area looks completely different now, they are putting in a giant intersection.


Next to the pedestrian bridge was an old forgotten cemetery that I had no idea existed!  I wonder if it’s still there even though this area is under construction now.



This was one of those days that I often think back on and remember how much fun it was.