First stop, a newly-opened railroad museum with hats and photo-ops galore! Bug and Bitty Girl shared some rare brother-sister-bonding time on the train station platform. I could almost picture them in 1920’s garb waiting for a train to stop with a swoosh and a puff of steam to sweep them away on a grand summer adventure!

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My smiling oldest daughter is already on a grand adventure aboard the vintage train car. The just-her-size piano was a big hit.

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The dining car still boasted original stained glass, hardwood furnishings, and opulent wallpaper. The museum official in charge of refurbishing this jewel let us peek into all the nooks and crannies of the compact rooms beyond the dining car. They were all mid-renovation but still with plenty of historical charm. The entire train car was on a concrete foundation, which surprisingly resulted in a smoother ride than modern trains according to the renovation conductor. There was even a control panel for the AIR-CONDITIONING UNIT from early 1920’s! I had no idea they HAD AC that long ago! The tiny bedroom had a baseboard heater that was somehow connected to the steam engine, and there was even a fold-out sink and toilet in one corner. No privacy, obviously, but I’m sure it was a luxurious amenity when compared to previous train toilets ; ) I wish now that I’d taken more pictures of the rest of the car!

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The best conductor of all ; ) But make sure you pay for your ticket because he doesn’t look like he’d be very sympathetic to stowaways!

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Every boy needs a chance to play with an original Morse Code machine, right? There was even a code sheet next to the “clicker” so he got to practice some real messages.

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Second stop, the fogbound bay to dine in our traditional harbor-side restaurant with the rest of our extended family.

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While we waited for dinner, we got to watch this big guy beg the “leftovers” from a local fisherman who was gutting small sharks and other fish. His dinner was less than appetizing to look at, but it was pretty awesome to watch the giant sea creature toss and fling and smack his food against the water to break it apart into “bite” sized pieces, then dive for each pieces individually. A picture really doesn’t do the performance justice, but being new to blogging, I haven’t taught myself how to upload a video yet. That’ll be one of my future projects, I promise!

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After dinner my Bitty Girl took on some angelic qualities… *snort* Anyone who knows her knows she’s not the most angelic kiddo at times! I guess she’ll take all the help she can get ; ) These are REAL shells, by the way. Can you IMAGINE a clam that size?!

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My favorite green bug hamming it up for the camera while we tried to walk off some dinner calories!

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We ended our dinner-and-a-walk with a truffle run on the local chocolate shop. NOTHING beats a homemade truffle on a foggy evening while strolling the boardwalk… Yep, definitely ranks up there at the top of my list of perfect days : )

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