Friday, October 18, 2013

Fleeting Fall

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

Last weekend, Mr. L and I went on a magical mystery tour.  Well, we knew where we were going, but not with whom, or how the day would end up.

I don't fly, but I love riding the rails and we took a scenic train ride up the side of Lake Champlain with a bunch of like-minded people.  The best part?  We rode in three vintage rail cars.  The diner car was from the old Santa Fe line and had been lovingly restored.  Amtrak uses plastic dishes -- not this little rail line.  They had reproduction china with American Indian motifs. The breakfast was great (albeit slow. Although the diner car opened at 9, some of the other riders didn't get their breakfast until almost noon.  I think they'll hire more than one cook on their next excursion). The food was worth waiting for, however, and I certainly wasn't expecting a cooked breakfast on this little day trip.  (It had been billed as a continental breakfast.)

The center car had seats along the side so that everyone had a great view of the ever changing scenery, and this is where we spent the bulk of the day.  But the observation car was the most fun.  It had windows on all sides.  Again, it had been lovingly restored and members of the crew got out at one point and washed the windows (that didn't really need it). Since there was limited seating, we all took turns spending an hour or two in this car.

The scenery was fantastic.  It was a terrific way to spend the day.

How have you celebrated this fleeting fall?


Sally R said...

In Houston there does not appear to be a fall this year. The current "cold front" is only less warm, not cool

Diane said...

This sounds like so much fun. I take it, it was on the NY side of the lake. Is it only a Fall thing? I would love to do that.

Anonymous said...

This was a charter we went on. The train cars belong to a NJ non-profit group that restores rail cars and then rent them out to groups in order to pay for their upkeep. (Don't know their name, but they were VERY generous with the wine and beer. A good time was had by all.) And yes, this was on the NY side of the lake.

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Dru said...

Sounds like a fun trip. I love seeing the trees change colors.

SueAnn said...

We use to have dishes like this when we were kids!!! Holy cow! If they are vinetage...then...does that mean, I am......!!!!

Aurian said...

This sure sounds like a lovely trip! I love seeing the trees change in their fall colors, which is only starting now in Holland. It is still too warm for the time of year.

Kat said...

Today my family and I are headed to the Fall festival in Hood River, OR. We'll also drive the "Fruit Loop" to buy apples and pears.
We haven't had a drop of rain all month and none in sight to the end of the month.
Mornings are a little foggy but the sun breaks out to reveal gorgeous fall colors. This is my favorite time of year and mother nature has presented the Pacific Northwest with the most beautiful fall we've experienced in years.