No, not another supermodel for the household, but a Christmas tree. Our "family tradition" for several years was -- and I am not making this up -- to hike three blocks up Main Street to "City Liquidators" and buy a $15 douglas fir from their parking lot and carry it home. Great fun! But last year we accidentally discovered the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad and since we are going for a second year in a row, I guess that makes it our new family tradition. Which is much better and family-fun-ish than hauling home a half-dead ghetto ass tree from the City Liquidator store. Trust me on that one.
We're going here...
We'll be riding the restored antique steam engine from Yacolt to Lucia, with a stop at Moulton Falls, where we'll have a meet and greet with Santa, some hot cocoa and cookies, and select our Christmas tree.
It's cold out, but the sun is shining, and everyone is hopped up about the adventure. After yesterday's adventure as a chaperone on the LONGEST EFFING FIELD TRIP OF ALL TIME to the Festival of Trees, I am thinking things can only get better for me this time around.
Just FYI, yesterday's field trip included:
1. driving my car full of middle school girls (plus my nine year old) (and PS-middle school girls talk, a lot, all the time, without ever stopping, and especialy about Twilight)
2. hauling a cart of band equipment through the bowels of the Oregon Convention Center with the help of an 8th grade boy
3. being locked out on the loading dock of the Oregon Convention Center (by and with my 8th grade compaion) and then
4. hiking 128 miles around the outside of the freaking Oregon Convention Center, with said 8th grader, to get back in.
5. Oh, and then leaving Portland at 4:30'ish pm, JUST IN TIME FOR HELLACIOUS TRAFFIC, so it took 45 minutes to travel the less than 10 miles back to the school, with the car full of now rummy and hungry middle school girls, plus my fourth grader, who was now late for a sleepover and God help us all it was an IMPORTANT sleepover.
So, yeah, a train ride "THROUGH THE HISTORIC LOGGING COUNTRY OF BEAUTIFUL NORTH CLARK COUNTY, WASHINGTON. FROM YACOLT TO LUCIA STOPPING AT MOULTON FALLS PARK" which includes "A TRIP THROUGH A 330 FOOT LONG TUNNEL, A TRESTLE CROSSING THE LEWIS RIVER AND A HALF HOUR LAYOVER AT MOULTON FALLS" should definitely help erase the emotional scars inflicted by yesterday's Festival of Trees.