Tomorrow I am headed to Wilmington, North Carolina to see my family and BFF for a few days. John and I decided to stay in New York this year for Christmas, so I haven’t been back to visit since last summer. I am looking forward to drinking some sweet tea and having some of my grandma’s famous corn bread.

I’m not actually flying – I’m taking the train. Because here’s the thing: I HATE to fly. I fly all the time, it’s never stopped me from going anywhere, but I like to give myself this one trip down the East Coast on a train. It’s a yearly ritual, and aside from the part where I have to get up at 4am, it’s something I look forward to every year. Yes, it makes what would be an hour long flight into an eight hour trip, but I don’t actually mind so much. I read, I take photographs of the passing countryside, I listen to episodes of This American Life I’ve saved up for the trip, I talk to all the old ladies who are inevitably sitting around me.

I will still be working while I’m away – I have a portrait session scheduled and am meeting with one of my awesome brides while I’m there – but I will probably be a little slower to respond to emails, so please be patient.  And I’m guessing I’ll only get to blog once a day while I’m there instead of the twice a day, but I’ll do my best to stick to my new schedule.

Now – I have a question for you – what podcasts do you recommend for long trips?  Let me know what you listen to in the comments!

Trainride(Two iPhone photos from my trip down to North Carolina last summer.)




  1. K
    Mar 15, 2011

    Have a great trip! Greg and I recently took our first train trip together and it was so much more relaxing than a plane trip. I envy your ability to take a train to visit your family in an 8 hour trip. For me it would be something like 23 hours!

    For podcasts, I recommend Studio 360, Slate Culture Gabfest, Slate Spoiler Specials, The New Yorker Fiction and Radiolab.

    Have fun!

  2. Katie Jane
    Mar 15, 2011

    I have a friend that takes the train from NYC to Seattle, which takes about 3 days, I think. I don’t think I could manage that, but 8 hours isn’t too bad.

    Thanks for the podcast suggestions! I will load up my ipod with all this good stuff to keep me entertained.