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comment by Meriadoc

This reminds me: I'm going to take a cross country train ride from California back to DC next month. I should finally read Pillars of the Earth.

Very cool project though. I've always wanted to build a building of my own, a home perhaps, with as simple of tools as possible. Not 13th century, of course, but as much with my own hands as I can.

mk  ·  2621 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Are you familiar with Richard Proenneke?

I highly recommend watching Alone in the Wilderness:

Part One:

Part Two:

sounds_sound  ·  2621 days ago  ·  link  ·  

This is a great little documentary(?). I think of it often.

Meriadoc  ·  2621 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I have heard of him! I've never seen Alone, however.

He's one of the reasons I want to do a backpacking trip through Alaska. I also have grandiose pipe dreams of one day being in shape enough to do a tour of Alaskan crab fishing, but perhaps not in the same trip.

mk  ·  2621 days ago  ·  link  ·  

The hinges on his cabin door blow my mind.

user-inactivated  ·  2621 days ago  ·  link  ·  

What train/how?

Meriadoc  ·  2621 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Amtrak California Zephyr from Martinez to Chicago, Capitol Limited to DC. Total time: 78.5 hours.

user-inactivated  ·  2621 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Nice! I've been looking into doing one of those for the hell of it (before they all disappear). How much are you paying, if you don't mind me asking?

Meriadoc  ·  2621 days ago  ·  link  ·  

About 228, so almost exactly the same as flying, less if you count bag fees, so I see it as a win-win for me: no security or rushing, no fees, comfortable and relaxing, gorgeous view, and I get to be drunk.

Not to mention, I love having conversations with people on the train.

user-inactivated  ·  2621 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Sounds wonderful. I remember checking the Golden Line or whatever the hell Amtrak has to get you from Seattle to Boston and it was at least a hundred dollars more than that. And frequently at least half a day late. Talk about a company dying for bankruptcy.

But there's something romantic about the idea -- Jack Kerouac did it -- so I'll probably take one at some point, for fun and adventure.