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June 29, 2011

Unique Adventuring

Lately I've had the urge to escape...
At first I wasn't really sure where, but I just need to get the heck out of dodge. I want to feel the sun on my face and the wind in my hair. The rush of exploring a new place. I love that feeling that adventuring brings so very much.

Well, my Daddy called this weekend and wants to plan a little vacacy with the fam + BF + a few friends to the Lake of the Ozarks! I am ridiculously excited and am counting down the days! Unforutnately... I'm still craving more adventure.

It finally occured to me where my new destination should be after watching my favorite movie, (500) Days of Summer. One of my favorite parts is that beautifully filmed scene where Summer and Tom are on the train laughing in the dining car as the sun is setting.

.:: Just thinking about that part gives me butterflies. ::.

So needless to say, BF and I are thinking we need to take a little trip this fall (or spring?)... by train!

Naturally, since fall is my absolute favorite season, I would love to adventure hand-in-hand then.

I can just see us together... grabbing coffee, playing board games, and watching the train pass the gorgeous gold and crimson leaves on the trees. Wouldn't that be such a fun memory?

{ We're thinking Chicago. }

Luckily enough, Chicago is only a 7 hour train ride (and super inexpenive). Adam's sister, Meredith, and her BF live in Madison and would be close enough to meet us in the city for a fun weekend.

We absolutely love spending time with them, and it would be so fun to experience the city together! Oh a girl can dream...

Of course, with a million more family and friend weddings this summer/fall, the dream trip is still in talk. Hopefully we can find some time that would work for all 4 of us! I'm too excited for it to potentially not happen! ;)

BF is probably reading this and shaking his head - haha!
(I tend to get really excited about little ideas.)

Anyway, here is one of my all-time favorite songs paired with (500) Days of Summer. You will catch a glimpse of that gorgeous train scene at the very beginning... *sigh*

I may have to watch the movie tonight...

So tell me, have any of you been on a train adventure? I am dying to hear your stories/advice!


  1. That sounds so romantic. I've never been to Chicago but I hear good things about it!

  2. Love, love, LOVE trains! I've only ever been on the MKE-CHI train in the states but I've taken them all over Europe and through East Africa. Love trains. Awesome idea. Love it!

    (There is a whole lot of love coming your way through this comment. I really hope you get to do it!)

  3. I've never been on a train- but now I'm intrigued! :)

  4. I just watched 500 Days of Summer for the first time the other day. Loved it! And I'm loving your idea for a romantic train ride!

  5. AnonymousJune 29, 2011

    This is too weird.... I've absolutely been wanting to go on vacation per train. It seems very European. I'm also a big fan of 500 Days of Summer.... hmmm, where to train to?

  6. I am actually watching 500 Days of Summer right now :) funny!

  7. I love that song and you just made me so jealous! One of these days, probably when our kids are grown, my husband and I want to take a train tour of New England in the fall.

  8. I've always kind of wanted to do the Canadian Train Ride.. It takes about 2 weeks and goes across Canada.
    *I have never seen 500 Days of Summer... I'm sure it was in my Blockbuster Queue.. but we cancelled it.. :( I'll have to rent it sometime!

  9. I've always wanted to travel by train. It's one of my dream trips as well.

    I hope it happens for you, so I can live vicariously. :)

  10. The pictures say it all! I just stummbled on your blog and I'm a new follower.

    (Hope you don't mind, but I borrowed a pic from your "Life is good" post. I linked it back to you.)

    Can't wait to read more!

  11. AnonymousJuly 03, 2011

    I bought 500 Days of Summer on dvd a while ago but haven't actually watched it yet (Damn my hectic schedule!) I'm going to sit down with it this evening!
    Your train adventure sounds like so much fun - I love train travel - all will be great as long as you go prepared with comfy clothes, lots of food, drink and a pack of cards! Get Planning!! :D

  12. Meg! Your blog is too cute! Hope you are doing fantastic and I hope I can see you when I am back in the states. LOVE LOVE!

  13. AnonymousJuly 06, 2011

    Oh my goodness, dear Meg, just the way I have been feeling lately. I want to escape from my daily routine just to wonder around a bit discovering whole new places! Can't wait to hear about your trip!

  14. I rode a bunch of trains in Europe when I was there the last three weeks, but have never done a US train ride before (besides just a few hour joy ride, of course). In Europe you can reserve seats, so if you want to play board games I recommend seeing if you can reserve a seat with a table in the middle (you know, two seats facing another two seats w/table in between). I hope you have fun! And of course if you're seeing Madison people it's going to be an awesome weekend (I am from Madison).


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