Friday, August 27, 2010

California Adventures - Part II

After a few days in CA our train loving friend, Randy, wanted to take us for an Amtrak train ride to the largest train museum in the United States. Let's just say Jaden was a LITTLE excited!

Daddy and Jaden waited patiently for the train to arrive at the station.
When it arrived Jaden didn't know quite what to think! He had never seen a train SO close up before!
Riding the train we were pretty comfortable..
We also took time to check out the dining car. Sitting in the swiveling chairs looking sideways out the train was a bit trickier - and made mommy's stomach a bit upset!

We went to the California State Train Museum. The museum is located in what actually used to be a functioning part of the railroad. Many large engines are showcased in the old roundhouse where work was done on the trains.

Right away Jaden's eye was fixed on the moving model trains close to the entrance.
Then, in the largest room there were tons of old engines, passenger, dining, and freight cars to be explored.
Entering the largest cab forward train specifically designed to keep engineers from having to breathe in so much smoke as the passed through all of the tunnels along the CA railway.

In the engineer's chair.Checking out the dining car.
Listening to the history (or just playing with the phones!)

Mommy taking a break on the bench.
They also had a whole floor with different working model trains set up. Jaden had a great time watchin gthem and THEN discovered the Thomas the Train play table!

I think he could have stayed ALL DAY!!!!

The museum is located in a historic part of Sacramento called "Old Sac." There is this cool candy store that Randy likes to go to for salt water taffy! It was a bit difficult keeping Jaden's hands out of al of these barrels! YUM!

Enjoying the train ride home.

And playing with the refrigerator magnet we got to bring home to Chris!
What a fun day!

1 comment:

  1. Trains and boys - a good match! "Uncle" Randy surely showed you a good time. Isn't it wonderful how God brings certain friends into our life and connects our paths at precise times and places. I love seeing pics of daddy and Jaden together.