Every year Steve's parents, his sisters and their families meet up in Northern Indiana to spend a week together. We've made it, or at least some of us have made it, most years since we got married. It is a 12 hour drive, which, with 5 children including a toddler and a nursing 4 month old, translates into a 18-20 hour drive when you include numerous stops. I decided, to save our sanity, we would break up the drive into smaller more managable chunks and see some sights on the way there. The first stop was the Tennessee Valley Railroad. We drove the 2 1/2 hours to Chattanooga without stopping and arrived just in time for the 45 minute Missionary Ridge train ride.
Waiting for the train to arrive...
Benjamin was apparently scared and so he came over and squeezed behind me while I nursed Samuel, clinging desperately to my neck. It was rather cute!
The boys got to see how the train turns around on a turntable. It was pretty neat!
We also got to see the shop where they repair and restore the old trains. So cool! They said that you can come and help them work in the shop. They even have a place for you to sleep and you can stay a weekend. Isaac was very interested but upon inquiring, you have to be at least 18 years old and make very good grades. He needs to grow in both areas :)