Thursday, March 11, 2010

I've Been Working on the Railroad!

Well, not me -- I haven't been working on the railroad. But my Dad, a/k/a/ Al, worked on the railroad. He was a fireman engineer back in the day of steam engines. Wow -- steam engines --that sounds like ancient history, doesn't it. He's not really that ancient or at least doesn't seem like it to me. Big secret -- shhhh! -- out of all of us 6 kids, I've always been his favorite! Yep, that's the whole truth! :)


After he retired, he continued working on the railroad . . . at the local zoo --running their steam engine train a couple days a week. They had a big party and banner on the train the year he turned 80 -- guess they thought he might retire at 80, but he didn't. He kept on working part-time until he was 85 years old. It was so much fun to ride the train when he was on it.

Anyway, back to the point of this post (there is a point after all). Recently Mr. Tennis read in our local paper that one of our state parks is renting out refurbished cabooses -- complete with a bathroom and shower! Now, that's my kind of camping! Although they started taking reservations in January (who knew?), we were able to get one for a weekend in June! Isn't it the cutest little yellow caboose? It's not too far from where my parents live, so hope they will be able to meet us there and maybe Baby Janie can too!


16 comments:

S.Wise said...

That is so so cool! What a great time you will have!

Tutus and Choo-Choos said...

That sounds like the perfect way to go camping.

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

Oh girl....that is my kind of camping too!! I don't do tents....this is as close to camping as I would get:)

I love the photos of your Dad!!

Enjoy the rest of your week!

xo,

Lisa

PS... You could have such a fun photoshoot on that train:)

Lisa said...

cute!! Loved the pics!!

Kam said...

How sweet is that! I just love that pic of him in b/w!! Sounds like so much fun!

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

How cool! I come from a long line of train engineers and inherited a couple of my grandpa's hats just like the ones I see pictured. (and some coats that match too!)

Colleen said...

oh my gosh what a sweet tribute to your dad...and yes that is the cutest little caboose ever...you are going to have so much fun and you have to take pictures....please!!! I want to see : )

Kim said...

Awww, what a great tribute to your dad! Sounds like it will be a wonderful time together!

Jodee Leader said...

I can't wait to hear all about your weekend in the caboose! You are going to have a super great time! Cute pictures of Al too!

Hope you have a great weekend!

Felicia said...

What a sweet post and how cool to go camping like that. Sweet photos of your Dad and I bet you were his favorite ;-)

Casey said...

That's exactly the way to camp!! Great pics too!!

Number 6 and no more counting! said...

I love the fact that your dad worked part-time till the age of 85! That is fabulous. Great pictures and that weekend sounds like fun.

Lea
xo

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Lissa said...

what a great story! Sounds like the perfect getaway for you!

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Heather said...

Oh yes, my dear, that is my kind of camping!! So cute! June will be here before you know it and you will be snooze snoozing in the choo choo! :)

Have a happy week, friend!

Love,
Heather