Friday, August 5, 2016

Train Trip 2016

The "Carousel of Progress" at Disney World has always been a favorite attraction of mine. It fulfills my love for history, culture, and technology. The attraction includes four segments, and one of the standouts is how travel speeds improve over time.

I've always wanted to travel cross country and now I have the chance. It's a bucket list item of mine, and it's loosely planned by design.

43 second mark: "And we can travel from New York to California in less than 7 days."


When I completed undergrad, I graduated on a Saturday, had a party that Sunday, and then Monday I started my first day of work. When other friends took some time to travel I was "smiling and dialing" trying to get ahead. Years later when I completed my MBA, I graduated on a Saturday and the next day boarded a plane to Atlanta to look at career next steps and scout places to live.

While its great to be focused on the future, living in the moment and savoring the present has become a welcomed pivot. As I've grown older and more successful I've come to respect the most valuable commodity we have is time. In some ways I've experienced a lifetime of material gains, and while I'm grateful of that, there is a void of experiences I have not made as much progress on as I'd like.

The idea of traveling across country has always been a desire, but never something I dedicated the time to, nor thought I would do until I retired. Here's some trip highlights planned currently on my bucket list. http://www.hanks.mba/p/bucket-list.html

  • Take a train cross country (San Fran to NY)
  • Write a book
  • Visit the 9/11 Memorial
  • Tour the Smithsonian 
  • Try yoga
  • Learn the basics of sailing
  • Unplug digitally and from the news media for 14 days

So what's the trip look like? Here's some stops:

  • Atlanta > Washington D.C. (Smithsonian)
  • Washington D.C. > New York (9/11 Memorial)
  • New York to San Francisco
  • CA (ad-hoc, includes renting a VW and driving the Pacific Coast Highway)

What do I hope to gain? Chance to step out of my comfort zone, try new things, be spontaneous and have a true once in a lifetime adventure. Intent is to unplug, take in the surroundings and relate back to those that made this cross country journey generations ago. I plan to travel light, just a basic brown leather duffle bag and a L.L. Bean backpack. Not my intent to live publish along the way, rather journal the trip and share as an overall experience.

Huge thanks to everyone that's help me with tips and suggestions to make this trip possible !!

 - Keith


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If you've ever seen the "Carousel of Progress" try to get the lyrics out of your head :)

There's a great big beautiful tomorrow,
Shining at the end of every day.
There's a great big beautiful tomorrow,

And tomorrow's just a dream away.
Man has a dream and that's the start,
He follows his dream with mind and heart.
And when it becomes a reality,
It's a dream come true for you and me.

So there's a great big beautiful tomorrow,
Shining at the end of every day.
There's a great big beautiful tomorrow,
Just a dream away.

p.s. for those with 20-minutes to spare, here's the full video.


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