Thursday, September 15, 2011

Vacation, Day 2

The next day we went to church in Baker at a Presbyterian church.  It was such a chipper congregation with  people that were happy and direct.  I love Eastern Oregon straightforwardness.  They sang loudly and whole-heartedly; not always on key, but like they meant it.
After church we enjoyed driving through some residential neighborhoods in downtown Baker City with beautiful old houses, each distinct.  Then we grabbed a quick lunch and headed off to the Sumpter Valley Railway.  We got to ride an old train with a steam engine!

At first T was really unsure abut this.  I think he was afraid the engine would be really loud like the scary airplane earlier this summer.

But as the train got moving, he enjoyed it more and more.  K looks really tired in the pictures, but she liked the ride a lot, too.  When we got back to the cabin she began pulling chairs into a line to make her own train.  And she was the conductor, of course. 

On the return trip we rode in one of the open outside cars.  It made for a beautiful view of the mountains, though bumpier, and we got a fair amount of ash blown on us from the engine smoke stack.  K was terrified her hat would blow away and kept at least one hand firmly planted on it during almost the entire half hour ride.

It was a fun ride and I'm grateful we had the opportunity to do it.

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