Sunday, December 23, 2012

Riding Lake Whatcom Railway's Santa Train

Yesterday we went for a ride on Lake Whatcom Railway's Santa Train with Riley, Blane, Jace, and their parents. It's about an hour's drive from our house. The day was wet (we were envious of Riley's rubber boots as we trudged through the muddy parking area) but it was good fun.

Before the ride...






Once on the train, we sat for a half hour waiting for delayed customers to show up (don't think they ever made it). Jace generally enjoyed himself with Grandma and others to entertain him...



John applauds Blane's strategy to build up antibodies in his immune system...

Santa arrives and he is indeed a Jolly Old Elf...


At the end of the line, the engine rumbles past us on a siding to hook up to the other end of our three-car train for the return trip.

On the ride back we stop for 10 minutes to look at a waterfall. Grandma stays on the train with Jace and Grandpa wimpishly protects his running shoes by pretending to avoid the muddy path to the falls so he can take a couple of more photos...



The train creeps along and the roughly two-hour round trip doesn't cover many miles. Surprisingly, our grandkids enjoy the scenery and the trip, showing great patience during the 30-minute delay.

As a reward, Grandpa buys everybody hot chocolate, cider, or coffee, and the excursion proves to be a success, despite the delays and the rainy weather.

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