For Spring Break we rode the rails. Okay–we took a two hour train ride from Cedar Park, Texas to Burnet, Texas, ate bar-b-que and took the train back. It was a low stress and low expectation type of trip–and the children LOVED it!
Here we are trying to figure out which train car we are riding. Dylan did not let go of this backpack the entire trip!
The contents of the backpack made sense only to a two year old. I think it contained a Thomas train, a bright yellow glove that we use when cleaning the dishes, a jacket, a pencil, some underwear and socks and some spare change.
It is good to make friends with as many people as possible when you are traveling with five children.
Luke reads up on the Burnet gunfighters that we were going to see.
Two hours of just riding the train meant that we could play a few games.
. . .walked in the drizzling rain,
. . .posed in front of over-fertilized Blue Bonnets,
. . .and we saw a wild west gunfight.
That night we made popcorn and piled into the pull-out couch to watch a movie in the hotel room.
Here’s my take-away from the 36 hours we were away:
1. Slow is good and the caveat to this one: Some of the best trips are the ones that are simple, manageable, and very close to home.
2. Even if you give school-aged children a checklist of what to pack, the items on the list and in the quantity you specified may or may not be packed. Luke packed no underwear or clothes for the next day. Will packed three of everything.
3. The adventure beings when you close the door to your house not when you arrive at your destination.
4. You can’t plan for every scenario (and do you really want to pack that much?) so make do: Locked bathrooms. . .two year old HAS to go. . .plastic cup. . .supply closet. SUCCESS!