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Planes, Trains, Automobiles

I successfully rode the train for the first time! This is a huge step for me, because my history with public transit has been rocky at best (aka I got on the wrong subway just last week). To travel to San Jose for work, I had a few options that didn't involve the train...and the most convenient choice that did. I'm not sure what it was about the train that troubled me so badly considering I take a subway under a large body of water each day, but for some reason I was NOT about it.

The train that runs through Oakland is Amtrak, and it actually covers a good portion of the US. It runs the entire length of California plus some, so it's far more popular among travelers as opposed to commuters. Now that I've experienced it, I'm so happy I did!

It's amazing starting in the fog of the city and breaking into the sunlight of the peninsula, and it's such a unique way to see the landscape. Though the conviction that we were going to crash never wholly faded, I was able to relax a bit and enjoy myself as well. I've been to the peninsula via car a few times but the different perspective was so refreshing.

I think I'd love taking a train trip one day for the experience of it. The train runs to quite a few major cities, so it would be a unique and exciting way to see the sights.

Travel Plans

img_1165.jpglove planning. Deciding on trips, recipes for the week, or even just weekend events is one of my favorite things. While we won't be taking a vacation anytime soon, I've started doing some preliminary travel planning for the places we want to see next! One great thing about California is how many fun things there are to see within a quick drive or flight! Granted we're definitely cut off from a lot of destinations back east, but I think the western half of the country will keep us busy for quite awhile.

Disney Land // Absolute number one on my list! I was definitely a "Disney kid" growing up, and I'm convinced that Disney World is actually the most magical place on earth. I've heard mixed reviews about Disney Land in comparison, but I still absolutely want to go see it! Disney Land is home to a lot more "hidden gems" thanks to Walt Disney's hand in creating the park, so I know it would be a great place to explore.

Banff // Talk about gorgeous! Harley has a cousin who lives here, and her Instagram page is full of beautiful scenery (that's basically her backyard!). There's so much to do here in the summer or the winter, and I'm itching to cross going out of the country off my bucket list!

Seattle // Seattle's been on my must see list for quite awhile, but it was such a trek from Tennessee. It's still an 8 hour drive from SF, but that's far more attainable than a cross-country vacation. Ideally, I would do a Seattle / Portland combination trip (and British Columbia, too!).

La Paz // This is a little different of a theme from the rest of these places, but when the fog rolls into the city I can't help but want to lay on the beach! La Paz is located on an inlet of Baja, and is less renowned compared to places like Cancun. It is gorgeous and I cannot wait to go!

Believe me when I say that this list is a brief overview! I feel like I've barely scratched the surface when it comes to traveling, and I cannot wait to see more things.