March roared in last Tuesday in a whirl of meteorological confusion, giving us sunshine and snow and the drizzle of rain all in the span of one week. The atmosphere can’t seem to settle down, pick a lane (or a season), and this topsy-turvy clime has got us feeling antsy, too. We’re itching to climb in a car, board a train, strap on a backpack, hop on a plane, and see what this world has to offer beyond the limited skyscrapered horizons of the city. There’s a big ole globe out there, full of billions of people with rich stories to tell, and a life spent in one place, even one as teeming as New York, is a small one. Now our ability to actually embark on any grand adventures in the immediate future is limited at the moment, work schedules and limited funds standing cursedly in our way. So if you, like us, find yourself consumed with wanderlust and daydreams, these bits of inspiration are for you. There’s a train somewhere that we’re vicariously riding, through rolling Appalachian hills or wide Western prairies. And our next adventure is just waiting to begin.
Art: “Gare Saint-Lazare,” Claude Monet (1877)
Poem: “Travel,” Edna St. Vincent Millay
Book: A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail, Bill Bryson
I loved this!!