Do to the limited internet access on a moving train and the busy schedule of the trip – I feel behind on the blog post. I’m back in Pittsburgh now, and much more rested. I am going to keep blogging about the trip – I’ve got lots of photos, stories and links to share.
It takes about 18 hours to get from Emeryville, CA to Salt Lake City, UT.
Here is a great photo of the sun starting to set that was taken by Shawn Kolodziej, who is from Minnesota. His project is about financial literacy across the US. You can read about Shawn’s project here.
Friday, August 9th was out first night spent on the train – and it was totally fine. The beds fold down from the walls and were more than comfortable (and I was more than tired and happy to see a bed).
Here is a photo that my fellow passenger, Cameron, took from her bed. (I tried to take a few of my cabin but it is hard to photograph a small space).
For some more great photos of the train – check out this post from the HotelTonight blog. HotelTonight was a sponsor of the trip and sent a representative to join us for a few days on the train.
Salt Lake City
Our itinerary was supposed to include a stop in Salt Lake City, but due to some train logistics, the train was not able to stay in the rail-yard. Some of my fellow passengers got off the train in Salt Lake City during the stop to spend the day in Salt Lake City working on their projects and then they took a flight to Denver to meet up with the train later in the day.
— Idea Mornings (@ideamornings) August 10, 2013
My fellow passengers made some interesting stops in Salt Lake City and I wanted to share the some links:
- Matthew Stepp’s project is Energy Innovation Across America. He spent the day in Salt Lake City with the Energy Commercialization Center. One of his stops was at PK Clean, a company in Salt Lake City that is converting plastic waste to oil. You can read about Matthew’s day in Salt Lake City here.
- Daniella Uslan is working on a project about innovation and food waste. During her visit to Salt Lake City she stopped by the farmers market and learned about the Salt Lake County Jail Horticulture Program where inmates help with the jail garden and the farmers market. The produce sold at the market supports the program and the rest is donated to the Utah Food Bank.
- Cameron Hardesty’s project is The Visual Poetry Project and she took some incredible photos at the salt flats. You can read about her day in Salt Lake City here.
You can read and see lots more photos from Day 2 and Salt Lake City on the Millennial Trains Project blog here.
I spent Saturday, August 10th on the train enjoying the incredible scenery from Salt Lake City to Denver – my next post will have a lot of photos of the scenery from the train ride.
- Millennial Trains Project Explores Energy Innovation in Utah (theenergycollective.com)