Two Saturday's ago we went on a scenic train ride in Western Maryland. It was a 15 mile trip from Cumberland to Frostburg, MD through the mountains on a steam locomotive. The train itself is very massive and impressive. I've been traveling the highway through that part of the state all my life, never knew about the train ride until about a month ago. My Dad mentioned it and I thought it would make a great memory for the kids so without hesitation I booked 13 first class seats and rooms at a local resort to make a little weekend out of it. You see folks it's being able to do these little jaunts that make working outside the home ocassionally worthwhile (scrapbbok diet in January:)). It was the last train ride of the season with over 500 passengers. We had reserved seats and were served a meal and special dessert by the train's chef. We spent time in Frostburg visiting little shops and a carriage museum (complete with an 1850 carriage and were shown where the servants rode). To top it off when we arrived at Rocky Gap resort, we were right next to holiday light display that was fabulous.
Some of the highlights...seeing Jonathan and Joseph's face pressed against the window the whole time...listening to my Dad and Father-in-Law tell about their train rides cross country and to and from Alabama...Jerin and Talisa dressing alike...Jonathan repeating. "This is AWESOME" over and over...how a complete stranger came and told my kids how mannerly they were in the hotel restaurant...and how can I not forget...Jospeh's fear of Santa.