We trekked up the NC mountains to Tweetsie Railroad today, just as we do at least once every summer. It's *our* family's "happiest place on earth!" :-) The weather was outstanding - mid 70's, not a cloud in the sky...
Will & Annelise were raring to go early this morning:
LaLa & Will rode up front in the engine first:
(We can only ride up front when Engine #190 is running, not #12; and there's only room for 2 VIP extras at a time, so Sis & I rode back in one of the coaches on our first run. We are SOOOO LUCKY that we get to do this! It's only b/c we're BFFs with the engineer; this is NOT a standard opportunity! :-))
Will helping our best buddy, Engineer Scott, shovel the coal that powers Tweetsie:
Annelise got to go up onstage to dance with the Tweetsie Cloggers.
Self-portrait 125 feet up in the sky while riding down the ski lift:
Annelise taking her turn driving the train with our best buddy, Engineer Scott:
Annelise getting to blow Tweetsie's whistle:
Another mandatory faux horse pic :-P
Will & Sis inside the Mouse Mine:
Will & Sis riding the Tweetsie Twister (a.k.a. the scrambler!)
Will in the gondola in front of Sues & Sis, riding the ski lift solo for the first time:
Will driving the country fair cars:
Will driving the train for a 2nd time:
Will getting to help drive and also blow Tweetsie's whistle:
Very end of the day - Will, Engineer Scott, & Annelise:
Exhausted, dirty with soot, & a bit sun-kissed; but so satisfied that I can still fainty smell Tweetsie, and I have a double-dipped caramel chocolate candy apple in the fridge...