Friday, November 8, 2013

Trains, Trains, and More Trains

Brent has been talking about taking Owen to the NC Transportation Museum in Spencer for quite a while now.  For the last couple of years, we have gone to Tweetsie each year, but never made it up there this year. Brent decided to take today off and head down to Spencer with Owen. 

Instead of driving down, Brent thought Owen would enjoy going on a real train, so they took the Amtrak from High Point down to Salisbury.  The train left at 8:30, so Gray and I dropped them off and they got on the train.  It sounds simple enough, but it actually took a little more planning than meets the eye. 

The Transportation Museum was about 2 1/2 miles from the Depot, so they had to catch a bus over to the museum.  Brent checked the bus schedules the day before they left to make sure he knew which bus took them there and what time it left the Depot.  Fortunately, there was a bus that left near the Depot about 10 minutes after the train arrived, so it was quick, easy, and cheap ($1) to get to the museum. 

They walked all around and saw all of the exhibits.  Owen was fascinated by the old cars, wagons, and tractors on display inside the buildings.  Brent said Owen loved going to the Roundhouse and seeing all of the old steam engines and they were able to get inside some of the train cars.  They took a ride on the train they had at the museum, but Brent said it paled in comparison to the train ride down to Salisbury. 

After they got finished with the train ride, it was lunchtime, so here's where you had to have the logistics planned out again.  The train to come back home left the Depot shortly before 1 pm and the bus didn't come back to the museum until 12:30, which wouldn't leave them time to grab some lunch at the Chick-fil-A near the Depot. 

Luckily Brent had looked at this before they left, so he looked up the name of a taxi service and they took a cab from the museum back to the Depot.  They grabbed some lunch at Chick-fil-A and then walked a couple of blocks back to the Depot and got on the train to come back home.  Gray and I met them in High Point and Owen was so excited to tell me all about what fun they had. 

Of course, it wouldn't be complete without a souvenir from the gift shop.  Gray thought it was so funny!  Owen was telling Gray all about the train he got!  So, needless-to-say, the day was definitely about trains, trains, and more trains!! 

Meanwhile at home, since it was such a cold day, I figured what better way to spend the morning but to make a homemade vegetable soup!  I got it ready and had some for lunch before Gray and I went to pick up Brent and Gray!  I love soup this time of year!

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