ex chaos expedio

Vol. 15 – Portland, OR (arriving) · November 16, 2008 | ex chaos expedio

The best thing about my first day in Portland was the shower. That’s not a backhanded way of saying Portland was underwhelming… I just really needed to take a shower. I kept myself pretty clean on the train… brought soap and a washcloth and plenty of clothes so I...

Vol. 14 — The Coast Starlight @ Salem, OR · November 16, 2008 | ex chaos expedio

I saw my first wild Bald Eagle this morning, landing gracefully on a sort of mudflat crowding in on the fringes of a broad series of lakes and marshy areas through which we’ve been traveling. Small mountains hem it all in, blankets of mist clinging to the low slopes...

Vol. 13 — The Coast Starlight @ northern California · November 16, 2008 | ex chaos expedio

The impetus behind taking this trip has, from the start, been a bit unclear even to me. I could think up some reasons, but ultimately it all comes down to the fact that I was thinking about trains, saw a period of time when I wouldn’t be attached to...

Vol. 12 — Emeryville Station & environs @ Emeryville, CA · November 15, 2008 | ex chaos expedio

We coasted down out of the forested mountains and into the northern bay area just as the sun was setting. In Sacramento, most of the people who’d been sharing the train with me since Chicago departed, and I didn’t even get a chance to say farewell, as I’...

Vol. 11 — The California Zephyr @ Truckee, CA · November 15, 2008 | ex chaos expedio

This is a neat looking little town, though all neat looking little towns make me think they’re carefully constructed but inauthentic neat looking little towns. Lake Tahoe is away somewhere to the south of us and we passed a good looking ski area a few minutes ago. I’ve...