Steaming Into History (2015)

Steaming Into History is a non-profit organization that runs a replica Cival War era steam locomotive in New Freedom, Pennysylvania. Learn more about them here.

The short of it is that you ride on this super cool old train for an hour trip to a Christmas tree farm. Once you arrive at the destination there’s horse drawn carraiges waiting to take you from the train stop to the Christmas tree farm. You cut your tree down, pay, grab a hot chocolate and head back to the train.

It’s a really nice day for the family and it’s looking like it’s going to become a tradition for us. We were even able to take my mom this year! Here’s photos from last years trip, and photos from todays trip are below.

Great way to cap off a fantastic Thanksgiving wekeend. 🙂

Morning Walk

I’ve been eating better and exercising regularly for about 4 months now. Nothing too crazy, mostly just walks of about 3 miles and watching what I eat. It’s really been paying off as I’ve lost about 20 pounds so far.

One of the things I’ve been missing with this nasty Maryland winter has been walking out doors. One of the benefits of being self employed is that I can take off for a walk pretty much whenever I want to. The weather is starting to get warmer and this morning I was able to take off for a walk to a nearby park where I was able to enjoy the cool weather and the morning fog.

These images, taken with an iPhone 4s and processed in Lightroom, really don’t do the scene justice. It’s been a really nice morning. Now it’s time for some lunch, and then back to work.

🙂

Tight shot of train

Steaming Into History

Yesterday Jen, Simon and I tripped up to New Freedom, Pennsylvania, for the Steam Into History train ride. Together with a large portion of Jen’s family, we rode a replica Civil War era steam locomotive from New Freedom, PA to a Christmas tree farm in Glenrock, PA.

The train ride was a little over an hour each way, with about an hour being spent at the tree farm. Horse drawn carriages, from the Victorian Carriage Company, pulled us from the train stop to the tree farm where delicious hot chocolate and cookies awaited us. Simon was even able to sit with the driver on our trip down the hill!

 

Having spent my whole life in the city it’s difficult for me to imagine what life would be like in a rural area like this, but I can’t deny that I was more than a little envious as I stood in this picturesque landscape. If you’re in the area I definitely recommend checking Steam Into History out.