If the thought of air travel makes you cringe, whether because of the long lines through airport security or possible flight delays, you might want to take into consideration how fortunate we really are today, time wise that is, in comparison to how our ancestors had to travel. You don’t have to go very far back in our nation’s history to find a time when people had to schedule days, weeks or even months for travel time to and from their destination. In the late 1800’s it would take someone nearly a month to go from the east coast to the west coast by train, a trip that takes a person a day now by air travel. By the time the 1930’s rolled around a trip across country from Seattle to New York took a little under a week by train. Air travel was still quite new, and while one could travel across country in less time by plane, most people still preferred to go by train. Of course the thought of taking a long, perhaps even boring, trip across country does seem rather appealing. Nice thing is, today we have the choice of whether we want to take our time getting somewhere, or getting there in a hurry. Now we just have to figure out how to make our modes of transportation “greener”.