Monday, December 12, 2011
Our family went on the Polar Express on the Hood River Railroad in Hood River Oregon. We were seated in the Domed car with hot chocolate served in a Polar Express mug to take home as a memento. The book version of the Polar Express was read aloud as "Chief" served us cookies. The conductor came along and punched the tickets. All were dressed like characters from the book. Finally we came upon what we were told was Santa's home, workshop and stable for the reindeer. All of a sudden, Santa came into view. He and his elves waived as we came to a stop. Then an announcement came that Santa wanted to board the train and speak with every child. He worked his way through the train and gave a special gift. A bell from his sleigh....Magic. He waived goodbye promising to see us soon :) Our train headed back to the station and we were delighted to see that it had begun to snow. Happy Holidays!