Friday, January 22, 2010

Friday Five: Trains, Planes and Automobiles

Songbird says: "By the time you're reading this,
I'll be en route to a Great Big City to see my son in a play.
I'll go by car and bus and train and no doubt cab and maybe even subway. Thus, our Friday Five."

1) What was the mode of transit for your last trip? When trips around here are any fun they are taken in "Gladys" the Minicooper. Ours looks kind of like the picture only her roof and mirrors are white. Right now though, she is resting in the back garage. Gladys is a fair weather car. R says she does not like getting her skirts in the snow and the slush so much, so she gets a break when the weather is particularly nasty. We are both looking forward to the days when we can road trip in her again, but right now, our mode of transit is The Truck. He is much more practical and sturdy for getting us through the big drifts and holding his own on the icy roads. He took us up to R's home town last weekend for a family gathering, and unless the weather takes a turn for the much better, he will take us on our trips out of town for the next few months.

2) Have you ever traveled by train? My first big trip ever was at age three on the Empire Builder. We went from Iowa to Spokane, Washington to visit my Aunt and Uncle. I still have clear and vivid memories of that trip...sitting up in the vista car with my dad, looking waaaaaay down over the trestles, going through the dark tunnels, eating on the china plates in the dining car, sitting on the plush seats and coloring. I also took Amtrak from Minnesota to DC in 1979. Memories of that too. Not as nice nearly....but memorable none the less!

3) Do you live in a place with public transit, and if so, do you use it? We have public transit here. It used to be "call a bus" but now we have scheduled mini-buses. I have never used them but am so glad they are there for those who need them as I grew up in a family without a car and know the importance of having transit when you need it.

4) What's the most unusual vehicle in which you've ever traveled? I rode in a glass-bottomed boat once. In very clear water. That was very cool, I could see all the way to the bottom of the lake.

5) What's the next trip you're planning to take? Well, there are a bunch of those going here and going there kind of things....wedding thingys, church meetings, family gatherings, and this and that, and in February we are consecrating our new Bishop. Hopefully the roads will be good and we can go in Gladys. As far as BIG trips....well, I guess that would be a honeymoon in Mexico. We won't be driving to that one!

6 comments:

Songbird said...

Gladys sounds great! You sure she doesn't want to go on the honeymoon? :-)

Mrs. M said...

I want to know what you saw on the bottom of the lake!

angela said...

i'd guess gladys doesn't make the honeymoon...but i love that she doesn't like to get her skirts wet--like a children's book.

P-Squared said...

Mexico? What fun! May the sun shine on it. Are you as tired of the gray, snow filled skies as I am?

Mompriest said...

gladys....fun car - and hope all the travels go well, especially the trip to Mexico for the honeymoon....!

Rev SS said...

I took train from Iowa to DC and from Iowa to Southern CA ... love riding the train