It seems early to be writing this, but the way the holidays go, you have to get some things penciled on your calendar.
One I don’t want you to miss is the Santa Train at the Camp Six Logging Museum at Pt. Defiance. This picture is of my guys on the train a few years ago. Don’t you love how the little one is pretending he doesn’t know me? Once he got that candy cane it was all over. Seriously, though, how great is Santa?
There are other Santa Trains, but this one is definitely the biggest bargain-just 1.00 for everyone ages 3-99. Anyone younger than 3 or older than 99 rides free. Love it!
It might also be the chilliest of the Santa trains, but the big guy and his crew are so jolly you almost won’t notice your toes going numb. Almost.
Here’s the scoop: The train runs on select Saturdays and Sundays during December. You’ll be riding on the old, open air logging train that goes in a little loop in the woods behind Camp Six. At some point during the trip, Santa himself will climb on board, and he will sit and talk with each child and pose for as many pictures as you want. Santa really makes a point of talking one on one with each of the children, which I love.
At the end of the ride, you’re invited to have cocoa around the pot bellied stove. I usually invite myself to sit in the car with the heat cranked up.
The train departs every 30 minutes and runs from 10AM-4PM (they won’t run it after dark for safety reasons). There aren’t any reservations, and this is a popular activity, so I suggest going early in the day. That way, if you show up at 10:00 and the 10:30 and 11:00 are both sold out, you can get tickets for the 11:30, go play at the zoo or the park and come back. If you take your chances and show up at 4:00 on the last Saturday of the season, you’re probably going to be out of luck.
And that would be sad!
Besides coming early and dressing warmly, the Camp Six website also suggests bringing extra batteries for your camera, as the cold can affect them.
The folks at Camp Six are truly passionate about preserving railroad history, and they want you to know that their operation is all volunteer. They also run trains during the spring and summer, and they would be glad to share their love of history and railways with your budding engineers.
I’ll be back with more in just a bit. I have to get the oldest off to school before we earn another talking-to from the Vice Principal (four tardies all year-I consider it a miracle-the school considers it a problem)!