ABOARD THE AMERICAN ORIENT EXPRESS - The cottonwoods along the riverbank were ablaze with golden leaves as the train barreled into Gore Canyon in the Rocky Mountains. Steel wheels sang on the rails and the Colorado River was a constant companion. The only companion, really.
HANA, Hawaii - The Hana Highway is perhaps best enjoyed as a stop-and-go proposition. No, that is not a characterization of traffic flow - though, regrettably, there can be some of that on this loved-to-death route in the Hawaiian Islands.
The Hana Highway has found its way onto the standard checklist of Maui visitors who feel they must do something every day. (Haleakala bike ride, check; Molokini snorkel boat, check; drive to Hana ... tomorrow.