portland to chicago! via the empire builder a few weeks ago. two days on the great rail system, forty-eight hours spent looking out the window at a million different things. pretty rad, I tell you. pretty rad.
(somewhere in the great state of washington, along the columbia gorge)
(somewhere in the great state of montana, the great big crazy wide open state of montana)
(sunset in north dakota on the left, sunrise in minnesota on the right)
(the great state of wisconsin, folks)
and then finally, chicago. where we wandered the great hall and wolfed down a few classic chicago style hot dogs before getting on yet another train that took us deeper into the land of lincoln, closer to the town where my folks live. couldn't help but think of last summer, when I dreamt of the sound of cicadas and lightning bugs and thick air. and now here we are. home.