Saturday, September 11, 2010

Day 4 Redwood Train

This was our last day in California. We headed over to the Roaring Camp Train in Santa Cruz with Nathan, Holly, and Aunt Les. This was by far the best way to see the Redwood forest! It was such a beautiful day and really fun for all! Well, after Alex got used to the whistle blowing and the steam. He was quite scared at first. Ellie also wanted to nap but the whistle was so loud. She finally fell asleep near the end.
choo choo

ticket please!

We made it to the top of Bear Mountain!
I actually got to change diapers up there! Fun stuff! :)
After the train ride we went to the beach for lunch! A great view and yummy food! We were all worn out from the fun day!
One of my favorite things from this trip was Alex the Ultimate Backseat Driver. He would say "Drive careful Steve!" "Car coming! Watch out!" "Stop!" Cracking me up!! He has since continued this and "helps" me out on a daily basis.

We stopped by Travis' grandparents house on the way home. We had a nice visit and I so enjoyed getting to see their lovely home!

That night we hung out with the family and took some pictures for record.

4 generations

the kids are so blessed to have great grandparents!

Ended the day with a "bath" in the hot tub.

We had a fabulous time!! Thanks again Jim, Les, Nathan, and Holly!!

The plane ride home was pretty uneventful. Alex fussed more this time because he knew what the airplane was all about. He was also very tired and ready for a nap. Both kids were OUT pretty fast.

Alex has been talking about the trip ever since. He misses Nathan and Holly and talks about them often. He also plays "choo choo up bear mountain". :) He also loves airplanes even more and seems to have memory loss that he wasn't actually a fan.


Kristen said...

what a fun trip!! i've never been to the redwood forest and i'm dying to go.

Shelby said...

Bahahah! I love the hot tub pic! And OH MY THAT TRAIN!! Madison would lOVE it!

Rob and Leah said...

Looks like a fun day and a beautiful train ride. Love the ellie bird post, too. What a cutie!

rebekah l. louis said...

Looks like you guys had such a great trip- your "date day" was fantastic and i'm not surprised that alex hasn't stopped talking about the train and airplane experiences- a 2 year old boy's dream come true!! and how special to get some good family time in! glad the trip was a success!

Solomon Clan said...

I totally want to go check out that train ride. What a great way to see the sights. Glad you all had a fabulous family trip.

Kristen said...

That train ride looks so cool! I am so jealous of your amazing trip...kuddos to you for doing it with such a little baby.