Try as I might I have not been successful in finding a way to live without money. To date, I still like to eat and buy necessities. As my bank account balance started to run like water down a drain, I decided to spend the summer working with the hopes of saving enough money to do some more traveling this winter.
I tried looking for office work, waitress positions, and the old stand-by of retail work. I sent out resumes and got very little response. It could be because of my lack of permanent address or because I dropped off the work grid for a while. I’m not sure. But I have been blessed with a really awesome opportunity for the summer.
The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad has offered me a seasonal position working on a train. How cool is that! Basically I am a stewardess but on a train. I got to meet lot of people; older people, younger people and families. We are in the same train car together for several hours. Although I have not been doing it long, I have already meet some great people.
Every day I work I have the privilege of riding a train. I get to hear the rhythmic clanking of the train over the rails, I get to try to walk straight in a moving train car and I enjoy hearing the whistles as we pass railway crossings. I feel so lucky and blessed.
When I was young, my dad took me on a steam train through Pennsylvania. When the trip was done, we were both covered in soot. Note to self: close train windows when traveling through a tunnel. Covered in soot and smiles that lasted for days, that was us. My train is a diesel so there is no soot, but the excitement is the same.
One reason I think I like it so much is because it feels like I am traveling. The scenery in western North Carolina is breathtaking and always changing. Each excursion is like a new adventure. So even though I am staying in one place this summer, I am still moving and seeing new things.
This was a curve in the road I never saw coming but it is a good turn. I hope to make enough money at the end of the summer to take another small trip, one I feel I am ready for. The first journey was all about learning how to enjoy the journey. I hope the next journey is less about my fears and more about enjoying the adventures. Until then I am going to enjoy my train adventures and meet as many new people I can. It is those amazing people that enrich the days.
Here is to an amazing summer.