ALL ABOARD! It’s the Great Smoky Mountain Train Ride

For Thomas’ birthday he received a gift from me to go on a train ride. So he finally decided that October 13th would be the day to go.
We booked a room, the last room available; in Bryson City, NC . The place? The Rosewood Inn. A very quaint old 50’s hotel…. VERY Old school place lol.. But it was very clean and the owner herself, Miss Pat was kind and sweet… But the location was within a block or two of the train depot and museum.
We went to the museum first. Wow. What a setup. Large layout took 15 men 1.5 years to build at a cost of 260 thousand dollars… The museum consists of one man’s private collection. And what a collection it is!
Off we went to board our train for the next 4 &1/2 hours… We traveled from downtown Bryson City thru the Nantahala Gorge.. It was absolutely beautiful.. Riding thru the gorge, I found my thoughts dreaming back in time about what it was like to travel by train in the 1920’s-1930’s….. I could see Thomas with his hair greased back and dressed out in a pin stripped suit all “dapper” 🙂 and myself in a full dress, lace up to my neck and gloves….
We met a new friend on our train ride, Ranger Buc. He was our Ranger or Sheriff of the train. A wonderful Christian man who has appeared in movies, commercials, and wild west shows…. He works here on the train and also works at Ghost Town in Maggie Valley which is due to reopen in 2013…. A former History teacher with great acting skills and a gentle spirit, with a heart for families…. Ranger Buc is a fine man!
Then the next morning we drove over to Cherokee for breakfast at Pete’s Pancake House… We were blessed with nice southern waitresses and great food. But the greatest blessing was when Jesus touched our hearts to bless a lady there. Thomas got to feel what it’s like to be used by Jesus to answer someone’s prayer of need! Awesome!
To finish up our travel for the weekend, we drove thru the Appalachian Mountains from North Carolina to Tennessee… The leaves changing, the fog rolling over the tops of the mountains, and the weather changing by 15 degrees certainly gave us some spectacular views!
Happy Birthday my sweet husband, I hope you enjoyed your gift!

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