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Bloviating Zeppelin: The Chasing of the Trains

Bloviating Zeppelin

(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Friday, March 03, 2006

The Chasing of the Trains

The horns are plaintive and insistent and sonorous.

Whistles have been gone for over 50 years.

Once again, the rails are being involved in a fight. And yet, if you weren't here, you wouldn't realize it as being so.

These, right now, are the Good Old Days.


Blogger James Manning said...

Man, I have this dream of riding a train through the Rocky Mountains. I'm going to do that one day.

Fri Mar 03, 08:33:00 AM PST  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

The California Zephyr goes right by where I live -- it starts in Martinez and runs to Chicago, once a day, each direction. It goes over Donner Summit and by Donner Lake, past Tahoe. I want to tell you, James, that's a beautiful ride this time of year. Down by you, I think you have the Coast Starlight and that runs north adjacent Hwy 1.

Fri Mar 03, 04:12:00 PM PST  
Blogger bigwhitehat said...

The best train ride I have ever taken was between Hood River and Parkdale Oregon. On the way up to Parkdale, the observation car was behind the engine. It was loud and magnificent.

Before going back we did a run around. This left me alone on the observation deck at the rear of the train.

Bald Eagles flew over. Mount Hood loomed large. There was a gentle trickle of irrigation from the pear orchards.

It was spiritual.

Fri Mar 03, 06:29:00 PM PST  
Blogger Mahndisa S. Rigmaiden said...

03 04 06

What a beautiful picture! Whenever me and the husband go to Tahoe, around Donner Pass there are these train tracks on the other side of the lake. I always wondered what it would be like to ride a train through that territory! Have a nice weekend Blo Zep:)

Sat Mar 04, 01:45:00 AM PST  
Blogger Little Miss Chatterbox said...

When I was ages 1-5 I lived in the Upper Peninsula in Michigan and there were train tracks right behind our house. I don't know how often the trains would come through but I have good memories of them and my mom said I always waved to the Conductor and he was real nice and waved back :-).

Sun Mar 05, 02:09:00 PM PST  

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