Last week was another staycation for us, and as with all our vacations, it involved a train ride. This time though, we took CC on a real Amtrak train and not just a kiddie train. We took the train from Berkeley to Sacramento (about an hour and fifty minute ride) to visit the train museum. Yes, it was quite a train filled day. CC was in train heaven.
We went with our friends Seng and Jess, their two year old son Ethan, and a college student from our small group. The boys could barely contain their excitement and pretty much narrated everything they saw out the window on the way there – water, bridges, ships, the Bart train, trucks – just to name a few. Luckily we snagged some seats in the dining car so we didn’t disturb any sleeping or working passengers. The boys also enjoyed roaming through the cars with their dads.
Once we got to Sacramento, it was a short walk to the train museum from the station. The museum has two floors, the first houses replicas of old steam trains from different eras and goes through the history of the railroad. The second floor has model train exhibits and Thomas the train tables for kids to play with, which of course was the boys’ favorite part of the museum.
We had lunch in Old Sac, also only a short walk from the museum. Tons of families were out and occasionally you’d see policemen riding around on horses or people walking around dressed like pioneers. After lunch we got some Gunther’s ice cream and headed back to the Amtrak station. Turner pretty much slept the whole way back and CC sacked out on the seat for about half an hour. All in all it was a great way to spend a Saturday. 🙂