I drove them up to Parrish, FL for a visit to the Florida Rail Road Museum see http://www.frrm.org - this was the surprise.
Bern is a train buff!
We had a train ride, and trundled along on a twelve mile section of track through rural Florida, seeing woods, marshes, vegetable fields and orange groves (and scarcely a building of any sort).
At the end of the ride the yard engine which was pulling us was decoupled, and then moved to the back of the train to pull us home to Parrish.
On the way out we sat in a "Gondola Car" (a converted cattle car!). On the way back we sat in air-conditioned comfort in a former privately owned carriage.
It all made for a pleasant little excursion - a nice way to relax, to see some undeveloped Florida, and while away a few hours on an unseasonably hot November day in South West Florida.
(And of course, in utterly English tradition, I took a flask of good hot tea!)
|Jean, John, Maureen, Bern|
|Bern and Maureen in the Gondola Car|
|Jean and John in the Gondola Car|
Richard, Nick, Louise, Emma, Anne - YOUR MOTHERS IN SHORTS!!!
|Gondola Car (not my photo')|
|Yard Engine (not my photo')|