A few months ago, while browsing the glorious website that is Groupon, I found a deal for the Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad and Museum. Our reservation was for Saturday morning and like any mother of a toddler, I didn't tell Camden about our big adventure until the day of.
This was his face when I told him we were going to ride a real train.
Just kidding. This was just a (hysterical) selfie he managed to take of himself during the car ride.
It took about an hour and forty minutes to drive to Elbe, where the train depot was located. I think his little mind was blown once we parked and were standing face-to-face with a "big train, mommy!"
My parents bought the Groupon too and came with us which made it even more fun. I cannot even explain how much Cam loves his Grammy and Papa. Seriously. I was even more glad they came because Ryan had planned to come with us but decided to stay home last minute so he could continue his crazy studying for his new job.
We rode about 40 minutes on the train to the museum in Mineral, spent about 30 minutes there, and rode another 40 minutes back to the Elbe depot. Cam was pretty much in awe the entire time and would have stood in the caboose the entire ride if we had let him.
It was a crummy, cloudy day so we didn't see Mt. Rainier, and to be honest - I was a little disappointed in the "scenic" portion of the whole thing, but to see the smile on this little train lover's face made the whole day incredibly worth while.
He has only asked to "go big train, mommy?" about 100 times since.