Yesterday the weather was having a cold front and the high was in the low 90s. So I jumped at the chance to go to this railroad park out in Scottsdale, Arizona. I haven’t been there for like 10 years and had forgotten how pretty it is. I could live in that city.
Anyway, I drove up the the railroad park and museum with low expectations after the Natural History Museum. The natural history museum was a lot of fun for the kids but personally I’m not into dinosaurs or the history of Arizona. haha!
Trains? I’m not really into trains either, honestly, but I ended up LOVING this place. I was really interested and read as much as I could in the museum part. The kids were interested in running around so I didn’t get to see nearly as much as I wanted but such is the life of a mom.
I have been balancing picture taking really, really well in my life lately. I take a LOT of pictures at once and then put the camera away and enjoy myself the rest of the time. Or if I really want to pull my camera out to snap a picture during the stuff we’re doing I leave it on autofocus and basically point and shoot so that it takes like two seconds to take a picture.
All that to say, every time I did bring my camera out to snap pictures Ember would smile! haha, she was loving the camera. And Payson, because my camera hasn’t been in his face very much lately, was loving pictures, too!
I knew Payson would like the train and I figured Ember would but I didn’t expect her darling reaction. She was oohing and aahing (truly) and smiling and waving at everyone and giggling… it was THE CUTEST. Payson was looking around at everything taking it all in. His favorite part (and mine) was going through the tunnel. I quoted to him from his book, “Freight Train” (a favorite of his) while we road for a few seconds. He LOVED that.
It was a really great one, too. One with horses that went waaay up and waaay down low. I only took pictures before the ride started, of course. During the ride Payson had fun but got scared if I touched him at all. I think he thought I’d cause him to fall or something? haha
Ember was smiling so big and just being the cutest thing ever. People around us were watching her and smiling and waving to her. Everywhere we go everyone fawns over her. She’s just so cute. And so super sweet. She has a genuine, intense love for life.
I love how you can tell that Payson was holding on so tight! haha. He had the time of his life all day. He was on his best behavior and being SO sweet and funny. My heart was pretty much bursting for love for him ♥
Next we went to the museum part. It was on an actual train. The train was built and used in the 1900s (if I’m remembering right!! lol) and was SO FUN to explore. They had everything perserved as if you would ride it. It was really, really interesting to see the rooms and the bathroom and kitchen and everything. It’s all so much smaller than I thought it would be!
This picture is of Payson by a display- he was really scared of that mannequin! That’s why he’s on the outside of the stroller from it! haha
I won’t bother posting the pictures of inside the rooms. I doubt the pictures are interesting. They don’t show well the scale and what it was really like. So I was too lazy to edit and resize them to share. haha
They had these little mirrors in each cabin to show you what you couldn’t see from the hall. You weren’t allowed in the rooms, they were gated off, so this way you could see the other side of the rooms.
Next we bought frozen yogurt and an icee and went to sit in the grass with our treats and some snacks I’d brought from home. While we were there eating the train came by with other people on it and Ember waved and waved and waved and said, “hiiiiiiiiii!”
The last place we went to at the railroad park was a huge exhibit of model trains. The entire building was full of this giant landscape of towns and railroad tracks. I didn’t bother taking a picture because there’s one on the website (and I was busy coralling children) but it was neat if you’re into model trains. I am if they’re for little kids. Seeing a bunch of grown men so into them was interesting 😉 haha