Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Thursday, April 5, 2012
The Western Railroad Museum on Hwy 12 between Rio Vista and Fairfield has a Springtime special train that runs only in the month of April. It's a special car with comfy chairs and tables, serving the patrons lemonade and cookies and a docent to tell a bit about the history of the car, the museum, and the wildflowers. The trip takes about and hour and a half through the open meadows/valley floor. While the ride was a bit rough and lurchy, I thouroughly enjoyed every little lurch and rumble. Railroad noises like the bell and the whistle were fun too. The scenery, with the grasses and trees, the wind farm, the sheep in the fields with babies, the cows and farmyards - it was Spring at it's finest. We had 13 in our party. We took our own lunches along and could eat on the train. Two of my grandkids joined us at the last minute as we had two cancellations. There was a crisp breeze blowing and most of us had warm jackets along, thankfully. The Valley breezes are usually quite brisk in the spring, in fact now through May. Here are a few pics. The two on the tracks taking my picture are my grandkids Candis and Nathan. It's Easter break. We lucked out.