Friday, November 24, 2017

Reliving Childhood Memories


Holidays, like Thanksgiving, often cause us to reminisce.  But often Childhood memories cannot be  revisited without disappointment.  So I report to you here, to kick off the Holiday Season. a childhood revisit that DID NOT disappoint:  The Black Hills 1880 Train.



Of course the train that I had experienced in 1969 has been retired, but had a long and productive life in film and television, as well as taking my family on a fun ride that August afternoon in 1969.  That engine wasn't actually from 1880, but the founder of the line said upon his first ride, that it felt like the 1880's.


Still steam powered (above recharging the boiler between runs). but now by oil instead of coal.


A few times a day, they also check the oils levels for the gears.


Whenever I have the chance to ride a steam train I do.  My Father loved trains.  He started his career at the Post Office on mail trains in the 1950's.  And yes, there were still Steam Engines on line then.  
I always think of him when I ride a train......

I hope you and yours had a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Wrapping Up Thanksgiving......

My Thanksgiving actually started with baking the pumpkin pie on Wednesday night:


First time I ever made a pumpkin pie.  not easy finding a recipe that uses fresh pumpkin (except online of course).


And yesterday's Turkey all brown and yummy.....Now carved and safely in the Fridge.  Finally used my convection oven setting to roast with great success......

More Holiday thoughts later today......Hope you are taking it easy and not shopping til you drop.  I finished my Christmas shopping last week.......

Friday, November 17, 2017

The New Cabins

Views of the stockade interior and 'new' cabins:



 Through the door and through the window:


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Inside the Historic Cabins


Today we'll take a look inside:


Above full frame and below cropped.  
I think the cropped version will make the best print.