Windows down, racing the morning light. The hot desert air billowed through my hair as the unexpected whistle of an American freight train pierced the landscape, barreling its way towards the Cajon Pass. The sunlight illuminated the American flag painted on the engine, an homage to the adventurous spirit of the wild west, our country and the opportunity that awaits the courageous.
I love freight trains, they remind me of my father and great uncle. Men who crossed the pond to America for their families, for their shot. These same men then spent their working years on those rails and made their American dreams a reality.
The San Bernardino Mountains towered in the distance, playing the role of protector and gatekeeper of secrets, gently guiding its companion along its way.
My destination, Joshua Tree, and 29 Palms. Full of character, characters, antique trucks and all things desert chic.
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