The California Zephyr is a historic railroad line that starts in Chicago and ends in San Francisco, connecting east and west and traversing plains, mountains, deserts and farmland along the way. During this 35-hour trip across the country, we found America - and maybe ourselves.
Here in Moab, a small tourist outpost in the middle of southeastern Utah’s canyon country, life happens a little differently. Weather is the stock market, the market fluctuating with dips and spikes in temperature. Biking spandex is considered business casual, since a wetsuit is the only suit ever worn. And “painting the town” refers to the way the sun sets on the red rocks, lighting them on fire, streaking purple and blue through the sky like paint on an artist’s brush.