This Sunday my wish has finally come true. I wanted to go on this train ride for a while, but I am glad that we first tried out steam engine travel on another railroad – Niles Canyon a few months ago. Anna was terrified then, but she had some time to digest the experience, and she did much better this time. She still didn’t like the steam whistle at first, but then got used to it and enjoyed the scenic ride. And, believe me, the ride is truly scenic. This narrow gauge railroad goes up the Santa Cruz mountains and travels through the ancient redwood groves. We have seen the trees that were more than a thousand years old. The weather couldn’t be better – a very warm fall day and just a little mist on the ground. I like this picture that my husband took – the light was filtering through the steam and mist creating beautiful effects. We had a short stop up on the mountain, and Anna had a chance to take a closer look at those giant trees. She was more interested in the train though – she couldn’t wait to get back on board. I think we might make this train ride a yearly event, since it’s only about 45 minutes drive from where we live.