Four days on the train…NYC to the Sonoran Desert

Four days on the train…NYC to the Sonoran Desert

On August 4, 2016, after nearly four years in New York City, I embarked on a four day Amtrak ride cross country to my desert home in Tucson, Arizona. As much as I adore NYC and many of its inhabitants, the last 20 months of my adventure there had pushed me to my edge in almost every way possible. Around the beginning of 2016, as I came out of the abyss of 2015, I looked around and found myself needing a break from a life that was longer aligned with who I was, I didn’t recognize myself, and felt uninspired…embroiled. On auto-pilot in a zombie loop, and survival mode, I was no longer spending as much time and energy on the aspirations and activities that bring me joy, growth, health and inspiration.

I gave my notices, packed everything into storage and headed west for a desert sabbatical. On the train over 3 nights and 4 days, we trekked down the southeast coast through Pennsylvania, Virginia, South Carolina, Alabama, stopping in New Orleans for a night;  then on through Texas, New Mexico and into Arizona, seeing parts of the country only visible by train or walking. After many swamps, bays, the great Mississippi, prairies, and desert expanses later, I arrived in Tucson.  Below are 14 images that reflect the sights and wonders of my trip from within the train as the countryside, backwaters, small towns and urban areas passed by.

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  1. Chad September 1, 2016 at 11:57 am

    I enjoyed this bit of storytelling! And the photos are gorgeous.

    • Courtney Sheets September 1, 2016 at 12:15 pm

      Thank you for reading Chad! Just a tiny bit of story to give the photos context.

  2. Courtney September 1, 2016 at 12:36 am

    Thank you Jenn. I felt very un-free for awhile and then yes, free again at last! Thank you so much for reading and being a witness. I am happy to share my process and travels, it helps!

  3. Jenn August 31, 2016 at 10:55 pm

    I love your gypsy spirit, Courtney. I WISH I felt as free as you sound, but I’m incredibly thankful that we were able to reconnect so I can live vicariously through your adventures 🙂

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