Thunder Mountain Railroad

My youngest daughter’s school has a science club for the kids. It’s called Discovery Club, and it’s in partnership with NASA. The kids love it, lots of fun and hands on science experiments. Last month they each got to build a robot.
 
Saturday they all met at the train depot for a ride on the Thunder Mountain Railroad, with stops along the way to perform some experiments.
 
 The TMR is an older train that originally ran in New Orleans. She was sent here, and now they do special runs during the year, dinner cruises, who-done-it murder mystery trips, things like that. During the trip they usually have an employee tell about the history of this area as we are travelling through it. There’s even a place that’s a cave that was used by outlaws to hide horses they had stolen and were taking to go sell elsewhere. It’s called Picket’s Corral, (Picket was the name of the gang).
 
Parents and family got to go along too. This is our 3rd time riding. When Thomas the Tank Engine was here, I was a volunteer, reading to the kids while they waited for their turn to ride. As a thank you, the TMR later took the volunteers and their familys on a really nice dinner ride. They have closed regular cars and a few that are open air. I enjoy sitting in the open air ones… (I get motion sick).
 
This trip was wonderful, and, the weather was perfect.
We saw all kinds of wildlife, foxes, coyotes, ducks, geese, pheasants, deer, and lots of domesticated animals, cow, goats, horses, etc.
 
I really needed a 35mm and a telephoto lens. Between the lag of my digital and how fast the animals high-tailed it outta there.  I kinda got a shot of the deer, but that’s about it. On the way back my batteries died. lol
 
The Dam we go by is Black Canyon Dam. It’s very close to here and a popular spot for waterskiing and picnics. I hope you enjoy the pictures. It just kinda gives you an idea of what the area looks like. BIG HUGS, Steph

11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Nikki
    May 04, 2006 @ 01:13:23

    That sounds like so much fun!!  The pictures are gorgeous! 

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  2. Allissa
    May 04, 2006 @ 04:47:40

    Sounds like a fun time. I am really craving a vacation right now!
     
    aak

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  3. evencastles
    May 04, 2006 @ 07:26:26

    Greetings from Shanghai.

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  4. Bob
    May 04, 2006 @ 13:05:57

    Those lind of train trips are alot of fun.  Becky and i, and her entire family, took one a few years ago in Arizona.  We toured the lowest portion of the Grand Canyon and it looked alot like yours!! Hope you get to do it again, but bring a spare battery!!  LOL
     
    Hugs  xoxo,   Bob~

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  5. Greg
    May 04, 2006 @ 16:30:26

    I always liked that part of the country…Very beautiful!!!
     
    Nice pics!!!
     
    I remember when I considered moving to ‘Little Switzerland’…
     
     
     

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  6. Indigo-XX
    May 04, 2006 @ 19:33:11

    Beautiful scenery (the ones in the tunnel crack me up – looks like everyone\’s waiting for some sort of close encounter of the Steph kind)  ;)

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  7. Cheryl
    May 04, 2006 @ 20:56:38

    Great pictures and my grandkids go to Nassa duringthe summer since they have a science camp there…

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  8. KatSoup
    May 04, 2006 @ 22:04:19

    looks fun!
    You know ya gotta take a butt load of batteries with a digital!!
    at least I do.

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  9. Sherrie
    May 04, 2006 @ 22:42:45

    Amazing pictures, and sounds like a great time!  Great space you have here.  Uhm I do believe I popped over from Aak\’s space. 

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  10. gary
    May 05, 2006 @ 03:12:58

    hi steph..hmmmm  one of those blogs that you read & really..realllly.. want to go on…specially the open carriage trip..sat here in a windowless office..its blogs like this that catch the imagination.. & make me feel worse hehehe..
    btw as all you females took such a liking to the certain naughtie item left at my space,,all claiming ownership..i am putting it on e-bay..happy bidding lol..
    gary

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  11. bren
    May 06, 2006 @ 09:55:17

    nice photo show!

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