Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Rewind ~ Oregon Vacation ~ Day 8

Call me crazy, but I never did finish my vacation posts. And I was looking through the pictures the other day lovin' all the sunshine and decided I did want to finish. So without further ado, here it is, our Oregon Vacation Day #8:

Day #8 took us to Sumpter to ride on the old Sumpter train (geez it's been a while, I don't even remember it's official name).

We arrived at one end and learned we had to go into town to actually ride the train round trip because we had missed our chance to ride round trip at this station. But since we were there we looked around a bit at all the old train parts. Above Bethany is looking at some part of the engine (I think).

Turning the crank.

Climbing on the ladder on the side of the box car.

Checking out the train they were currently restoring. There was a huge pit under this train and the lady touring us was a little nervous about Bethany falling in so we had to get her and her hyper self back outside. See the blur in the bottom left corner. She was in her fast forward mode.

Posing in front of a newly restored engine.

Loving to run up and down this small piece of track.

My mommy and daddy! :) Old trains and cars are things my dad is really interested in so he loved this trip a whole lot.

Awwww..... Yes, they were actually getting along and not nit-picking one another. Miracles happen!

Bethany decided the ladder was good picture opportunity too!

We found a playground and played for a minute before heading to Sumpter ride the train.

Oh there we go, it was the Sumpter Valley Railway that we rode on.

Yes, I was a sucker and brought both of the kids a conductor's hat. But don't they look official?
Poor lady she was in the middle of talking to us and I just snapped a picture. She did tell us all about the car we were riding in. Apparently it had, at one point, been sawed (sawed? sawn?) in half and used as a chicken coop. Somehow they did a beautiful job restoring it.

This dog loved visiting with my dad and Bethany while we rode.

See, she totally loved Bethany!

I love the scenery out the window but I also love that look of contentment on Bethany's face as she sits next to her grandpa.

Elisha insisted I wear his hat while we waited at the station for the train to turn around. The station we had toured an hour before.

See there's that merry go round again.

Good thing we had our look around earlier because it was only like a ten minute wait and we were back on the train again riding back to Sumpter.

There's the boxcar we rode in, the one that had been sawn in half. You can't even tell, can you?

The kids got a chance to talk to the conductor for a minute...

...before he had to leave to go turn the train around again.

I don't remember it being that tiring, but we were in the sun most of the time and did walk around a lot and it was an hour and a half drive home, so I guess you could say there was plenty of reason to nap on the way home. But from the looks of the view outside the back window, we hadn't gone far when they had fallen asleep.

Yohn and I played a lot of rummy during our stay at my mom and dad's house and I had bested him most of the time. But on this particular night he beat me several times - BADLY!

And he, of course, had to be photographed with it just to prove the hand was really his.
Beware, I'll probably be posting Days 9 and 10 soon too!


Unknown said...

how fun!! i love that you called your parents 'mommy and daddy'. ;)

Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

I love Sumpter. Such a pretty place! Loved the pic of the kids sleeping! LOL!

CM said...

What a beautiful post and lovely pics! I can totally see why you would want to post this. What a fun day trip! My boys would have loved this. Too bad it was like five states away from us! Some day i hope to get us to Oregon.

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad you decided to post these photos :) Do you ever take a bad photo??? All of them are always so good!

I like trains, so I enjoyed the post! It's amazing to think that someone made a chicken coop out of 1/2 of a train at some point...

I really enjoy all of the comments that you leave for me on my blog. I find myself wanting to answer you through the computer! LOL