My parents went home today after a fun-filled four day visit. We saw some great shows and ate at plenty of restaurants (reviews on the way, of course), but the best thing we did was take a trip on the Hill Country Flyer! The Austin Steam Train Association is a volunteer group of folks who keep old trains running as a "rolling museum". We rode in a lounge car called the City of Chicago, built in 1950, but our train also included several coach cars built in the 1920s! During the two hour ride (at the amazing speed of 20 MPH), you can walk all through the train, including between cars, where you can hang your head out the vestibule. It was so exciting and historic! Our car attendant was a lovable old guy named Don, who told lots of jokes and stories. Our destination was Burnet, a really small town where you can get an ice cream cone for a buck, and after a big lunch we watched a goofy gun fight, complete with bad acting and plenty of loud shots. During the ride back we all sang Chattanooga Choo-Choo as it started to rain, which made the ride seem even more authentic to me. The whole experience was so cool - I will definitely do it again sometime!
View photos: Parents Visit 2005