Saturday, April 14, 2012

Roaring Camp Railroads


Over Easter weekend we stayed overnight in Monterey. On the way down, we stopped in Felton to take a train ride through the redwood forest. The train was pulled by a 19th century steam engine (and as Ethan was quick to point out, it had actual connecting rods on the wheels!)which brought us to the summit of Bear Mountain. Since we went on Easter, the train stopped at the top so we could meet the Easter bunny and hunt for eggs (the egg hunt was divided into two age groups, those above and under three years old). If you get there early enough you can watch them pour the water into the train and watch the steam bellow out before it leaves.

The base camp is a recreation of a old logging camp and contains a shops for souvenirs and food. The day we went they had Easter craft activities and a bounce house set up for the kids. Ethan had fun, and I thought it was nice to experience, although quite expensive. Tickets were $24 for adults, $17 for children older than 2, and there was a $8 parking fee on top of it all.  It was fun to do once, and if we go next time, I would definitely make some time to go hiking through the forest.

The entrance to the camp.

Running to catch the train.

Rare family photo!

The kids clowning around.


Finally aboard the train!

The pretty view of the redwood trees as we drove up the mountain.

We got to meet the Easter bunny!

And one of the train conductors (although E was much more interested in eating his chocolate egg)!

Excited to see the engine up close.

Scrunchies on the train.


A brief stroll on the tracks.

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