Thursday, June 16, 2011

take the train

For our wedding anniversary last Saturday the 11th of June we celebrated with a "date" of taking a train ride! The Florida Railroad Museum in Parrish, Florida offers just that. From their website: The Museum offers one of the most unique museum experiences in the world. Here you "Ride the Exhibits!" : ^ )

I highly recommend a visit!

* Our Engineer *

* Our Trains *

*Our Conductor *

* waiting to be refurbished *

* On the Train, wearing the hat Steven gave me for our anniversary *

 * the engine car switching from front to back *

There is a story here. The hat you saw me wearing above got swept off my head within 10 minutes of us boarding the train. We were in the open air car and whoosh! I thought the hat was gone. That was really too bad, Steven had just given it to me earlier that day. When the train ride was over, I saw Steven talking to one of the train guys. He asked if he could walk the track and look for my hat? No, they couldn't allow that, but the young man he asked said the train was going back to the yard on the same track and he would look for the hat himself. Could we drive our car up the road and meet them at the yard? If he found the hat he would give it to us there.

We drove, and waited in the hot sun. 

Then we saw the train coming!! No passengers, just the guys who worked or volunteered. The young man on the end had my hat in his hands!!! It was worth the drive and the wait.

Your hat, Ma'am.
Thank you!!! I said.
I was so happy. The whole experience was just so great. 
This young man was so passionate about his job & keeping the trains alive & well.
There are more photos of our train day, in a set HERE. ; ^ ) 
~ thank you for listening to story I wanted to share. lenna 


  1. I certainly enjoyed your ride on the train. Almost 44 years ago was the last time I got to ride a train. I had a 2 year old and a brand new infant. The train was going to make one last run from Natchitoches to Alexandria, LA. My husband put me and the children on the train and went by car to pick us up on the other end. I know neither of the children remember the ride, but I wanted them to be able to say they had gotten to ride a train. I used to love going places with my grandmother via train. Happy Anniversary and so glad you got your hat back. Oh, those are some gorgeous flowers too. :-)

  2. Such a great end to a lovely day. Glad you enjoyed your train ride. I think it's such a romantic way to travel ... too bad more can't be saved. hugs, Donna ... oh yes -- those flowers were gorgeous I agree.

  3. What an interesting post Lenna! Looks like you had a wonderful (and hot) day out. I'm so glad you got your hat back, how kind of those guys to look for you.


  4. What a wonderful ride you had, complete with lost and then found hat. Glad you retrieved it, it looks lovely! And suitably romantic to match the occasion, together with your beautiful dress.



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