Monday, June 3, 2013

The Caboose 'Experience' Continues...

Yesterday I started telling you about our overnight stay in the caboose. If you missed that and have nothing better to do at the moment, you can read that by clicking here.

The inside of the caboose was almost totally original.
The sleeping berths were outfitted with thin mattresses.
The battery light fixture cast about a 12 watt glow.
The entire thing smelled of diesel.
In a very...ummm...train-y kind of way.
We put our overnight bag on the back bunk and headed out to explore the train yard.
Perhaps we were curious about the historic surroundings.
Perhaps we were just in denial.
Perhaps we were just afraid to try out the beds.

We walked and walked around the yard.
It was so neat.
Old cars, old equipment, amazing textures, cool metal.
We were having a great time until we realized it was getting really windy and the temperature was dropping.
One of our big plans for the caboose was to read up in the cupolas, so we decided to retreat to our luxury accomodations and make that happen before it got dark.

We each climbed the metal rungs carefully.
It doesn't seem very high in the pictures, but it seemed like were on top of the world.
The train tracks stretched into the distance.
We played with the manual windshield wipers and looked out the windows.
We read a little bit.
We marvelled that we were actually spending the night in a caboose.
It started to get darker outside.
The wind picked up and seemed to moan and draft through the caboose.
We realized we should head over to the bunkhouse to use the facilities before it got any darker and colder.
Getting down was not as easy as getting up.
Mr. Jenny accomplished it quickl,y but I ended up with the giggles.
Everytime I tried turning around to go down the short ladder I cracked up.
Mr. Jenny waited patiently.
I giggled some more.
And tried turning around to get down.
And giggled some more.
Mr. Jenny's patience started wearing thin.
" need to get down.   We need to go to the bunkhouse," he told me in his most serious voice.
That just made me giggle more.
It took quite a while for me to get down, but I finally did.
The wind was really howling by then.
And it was getting darker.
And colder.
We gathered our toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap and washcloths.

And opened the caboose door.
We gasped at how cold it had gotten outside.
Dust was blowing down the tracks.
The sun had dropped down below the mountains.
Uh. Oh.
Walking across the tracks we realized how difficult it would be get to the bathroom in the dark.
Railroad tracks.   Big gravel.   Railroad ties. 
Whose idea was this anyway?
To be continued tomorrow.
Still Aboooooarddddd?!?
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Terra said...

Oh oh, I hope you made it safely to the caboose in the dark!

Splendid Little Stars said...

uh oh!!
Your photos are wonderfu1!

Unknown said...

What a cool adventure! I can't wait to hear if you made it to the bathroom without stumbling over railroad spikes.

pasqueflower said...

I'm still aboard -- waiting for the "It was a dark and stormy night..." installment of this saga!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

The train yard is very cool, the caboose is so much fun, cold and dark,,,hmmmmmm not so much.

Ames said...

What great memories you are making! ~Ames

Jo said...

omg, you make it sound so funny ... i would have been terrified!

Ms. A said...

Yep, definitely a no for me, you brave woman.

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Pat Tillett said...

Wow! Your great photos make want to go to this place! Seriously! This is my kind of place. Where the heck is it?

Monica said...

I love your pictures! You guys are so much fun - Can't wait to read more!

Melinda said...

I knew this was going to
be a funny one!
Your pics are great! Especially
the ones of you and Mr. Jenny!


Melinda said...

I knew this was going to
be a funny one!
Your pics are great! Especially
the ones of you and Mr. Jenny!


Melinda said...

I knew this was going to
be a funny one!
Your pics are great! Especially
the ones of you and Mr. Jenny!


Anonymous said...

Yes, yes, of course, and please continue. I didn't notice, did you have a flashlight?

This sounds like a good adventure.

Eden House News and views said...

whoor whoor ( train noise) looks like youre having fab time

Theresa said...

Oh what fun! Can't wait to read more:) Have a blessed day dear Jenny! HUGS!

Viki said...

This is the time it would be good to be a man regarding the bathroom facilities. If you know what I mean, ha!

H said...

I'm hoping you'd packed a torch???

Janie Junebug said...

If I got the giggles while climbing down, it would be too late to get to the facilities. You are so adventurous.


The Quintessential Magpie said...

Can't wait to hear more!!!



Rita said...

Well, at least it was obviously warmer in the caboose than outside. I hope you had a flashlight to use during the night and sleeping bags! I'll have to wait for part three. :) said...

It sounded like great fun until the end. Toileting needs can ruin a good thing.

Thanks for coming by, Jenny.
Be well.

Nancy/BLissed-Out Grandma said...

What an unusual place to spend a night! Can't wait to read more about it.

Amy said...

I love the pictures! Seriously, train yards are one of the best places to take great pictures. Although I can't believe you stopped right there! I want to hear the rest of the story!

Sue said...

Look at all these comments about how neat this is...nope, cold, dark, no bathroom....nope, not for me.

Susan Anderson said...

You guys are far more adventurous than I. Which means I can live vicariously through your exploits.

And I do!


Anita said...

Hmmm... You've got a mystery going now. I must come back for the rest.

Good story!

(Obviously, you and Mr. Jenny survived the experience.)