Our Friday adventure took us to Palestine Texas (about a 2 hour drive). There we enjoyed a vintage train ride from Palestine to Rusk through the Piney Woods of East Texas. Fifty mile round-trip chug - I love the sound of a train whistle, the clack of the tracks, the whoosh. Rolling hills, forest thicket, and twenty-four bridges.
A narrator filled us in on the history of the trains and the area. A soundtrack also accompanied the ride - amazing how many songs involve trains - Love Train, Peace Train, Locomotion, Midnight Train to Georgia, etc.
Ray and I had seats in an air-conditioned car, but we also wandered over to the open air car. It was a pleasant day and the breeze, wooden benches, and chatter of families added to the aura.
Joanne Faries, originally from the Philadelphia area, lives in Texas with her husband Ray. She considers herself fortunate to be able to pursue a writing career after eons in the business world. Joanne enjoys reading and movies, and is the film critic for the Little Paper of San Saba.