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The steam train came through last weekend.  I would be remiss if I did not mention it.  Anna even got to ride on it!  Mike and the children saw it several times and I got to see it once, at a crossing near our house.  There are so many crossings near our house, honestly, and you realize that when you hear the whistle blow.  The Train Man has always been a topic of conversation around here, even before we had Roan as our engineer.

We've met trains through early episodes of Petticoat Junction and everyday life, instead of that animated series which must not be named.  We read Laura Ingalls Wilder's description of riding on the rails in By the Shores of Silver Lake and it is easy to grasp her unease when standing at a crossing.  One can see how "modern" life truly is an unholy assault on the senses at times.  Still, the train going by was glorious and we really want to ride a passenger train sometime in the near future, probably next Spring.

Watching the train go by nearly made me cry.  I did have to wipe away a few tears.  I don't how it is that I get so filled with emotion at the funniest times, but that is me.  Trains and midwives and The Little House make me misty.


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Jul. 3rd, 2015 12:11 pm (UTC)
How things have changed since those times. It gives a person a lot to think about.
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A Blessed Wilderness

It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

~Adolph Murie, biologist, on Denali


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