Today was supposed to be rainy and dreary. It turned out to be muggy and sunny, but this morning when we left it was actually quite perfect -- a little overcast to give some shade, breezy, and warm enough for shorts. Excellent!
The kids got to ride on a caboose, and our ride was a little strange because there was a controlled burn going on where they (oops) forgot to call the Fire Department. So we had to pause a few times to let firetrucks go past -- it added to our adventure, for sure! We also walked through about thirty different train cars, an old bus from the '40s, and an indoor exhibit. The kids made necklackes, and colored pictures of trains, and they got to have "cookies and juice in a caboose," too. It wasn't a crazy crowded day, either, which was especially nice.
Here are some photos from our adventure. I love, love, love doing stuff like this as a family and am so happy that it all worked out so well today.
|Looking out the window at the start of our caboose ride.|
|Fire, fire! I have other photos of the actual flames rising up, but the truck's cooler than the flames. At least when you're 2 and 4, anyway!|
|Enjoying the caboose ride.|
|At the back of the caboose, trying to look out. Possibly the cutest picture ever.|
|"Look, Mommy, a real live Shiny Dinah!" (A Kindermusik story.)|
|Checking out a Pullman car.|
|Mail car. The kid in the yellow shirt was tearing the place up. I tried to not get him in the photo, but had no luck.|
|Up in the Cupola of the snack and juice caboose.|
|A kitchen in one of the cars.|
|Some of the cars were amazing in their luxury. I can only begin to imagine what they must have been like when they were new, and travel was a privilege.|
|This steam engine was made in Schnectady, NY, in 1910. The kids posed near the wheels for a sense of scale. AMAZING.|
|Checking out the firebox. WHM is very concerned that there is no fire.|
|Looking for coal. How can this "steamie" run without coal for the firebox?!|
|In the back of an Atlanta bus from 1941.|
|Driving the bus.|
|Part of our Craigslist score. More trains!|