In which we go out to lunch with Grandma, check out her apartment, drop some off at the airport to head north, almost leave some at the train station and head east on the train.
We got up and re-packed our carry-ons by the ships and prepared to leave while Steph, Kendra, and Debbie went to wash the sheets and towels we'd used at a laundrymat. We also took a walk around the marina and looked at some of the other boats.
|The kids with their art work|
|a fun boat we saw at a nearby dock|
|A display of hats that the knitting group that Grandma is part of made.|
|Mom's big salad!|
|Caleb's big burger|
|walking with Grandpa and Mommy|
|Grandma and the Steve Maas grandkids|
|I think the kids were tired of camera by this point!|
|Debbie, Grandma, and Steve|
|we did get to see these cool dragons at some point though|
|These things are yummy - no wonder everyone was buying them!|
My kids cried and cried when they realized that Grandma and Grandpa and Aunt Steph and Brody might not make the train but I tried to explain the circumstances to them as best I could. I got the kids settled and found out that Steve & Steph had made it to the station and were headed our way. I went downstairs to talk to the train attendant and she told me to talk to the conductor. He told me that they were closing the doors and headed out in 5 minutes, if the rest of our group made it great but they were not holding the train for them! I kept looking down the way hoping to catch a glimpse of them. I finally saw them way down the way behind a couple of those cart thingies but knew I couldn't run to help them and risk the train leaving with my 4 minor children on board without me. When they were just 2 train cars away I decided to make a run to help them. When we got to our door we were told "1 minute, whatever's not on the train gets left." Thankfully all luggage and carryons and, most importantly, PEOPLE made it on huffing and puffing as we tried to find places for the luggage to go amazed at the wonder that God did it! He got them on our train!!
We ate crackers and peanut butter for snack then slept. My seat mate wanted the aisle seat and he was going all the way to Chicago which made this trip a bit more difficult as we'd have to crawl around him regularly. We most often sat 3 people in 2 seats anyway to play games. For a while Grandpa had 4 of the kids sitting with him playing golf that night.
|A pretty Southwestern train station we saw before falling asleep on the train.|