As I write this I am on a train en route from New York City to Albany. The Hudson River and the New Jersey Palisades are the view outside my window. I always enjoy train rides. It is a very comfortable mode of transportation, and you can get a lot of work done – or you can just sit and relax.
The best train ride I ever took was with my wife in Europe. We took a train trip from Geneva, Switzerland to Paris, France (and the opposite direction a few days later) It was a beautiful trip. The trains in Europe are large and comfortable. The Swiss and French countryside was our scenery. We railed into Paris at night and the lights of the City were beautiful.
Right now, outside my window we are passing a park. The park is along the riverside. Little League baseball games are being played in the baseball diamonds – a couple is walking their dog along the bike path; others are playing tennis. An old man with an easel and a canvas is painting a scene of the river. I spend a lot of time looking out the window when I am on a train.
An interesting fact about the train route between New York City and Albany – the train rolls right through the middle of Sing Sing Maximum Security Prison. No kidding – the train track actually runs right through the middle of it! It is the only prison in the world that has hundreds of trains rolling in and out of it everyday.
A little past Sing Sing you come to a fantastic view of the United States Military Academy at West Point high on the cliffs of the opposite side of the river. It is really is a beautiful campus.
I like trains.
P.S. -- If you are ever in Roanoke, Virgina visit the fantastic train museum they have there. They have an outdoor "train graveyard" where you can climb inside all sorts of old trains. It really is a lot of fun.
Mark Friday, June 13, 2003