Riggins with little brother Charlie and little sister Sadie.


Saturday, June 25, 2011


Up early and had coffee with my bride, it was not raining and it actually looked like we might have some sun later in the day.

About 09:30AM Sam,Donna.,Karen&Linda jumped in the truck and headed north to Laona Wi. It is about a 1 1/2 hour drive north from Karen & Steve’s, What was there, Lumber Camp #5 and it’s logging railroad pulled by a steam engine.

We arrived just after the 11:00AM train had left so we waited for it to return. At noon we all boarded the train and Sam got to ride in the cab of the steam engine. What a thrill, Karen said it would take all day to wipe the grin of his face.


                Donna waiting for the train.


                 Donna,Karen&Linda in the Depot.


                               The train arrives.



                      Sam in the fireman’s seat.


              Sam’s view going down the tracks.


Karen taking a picture from the car behind us.


                    Tractor at the logging camp.


                         Logging Equipment.

After we toured the logging camp we waited for the train to take us back to Laona Station. We all decided to ride the caboose.



           Sam and the Conductor in the caboose.


             Linda, Donna & Karen in the caboose.

All to soon our train ride was over and we headed back to Steveo & Karen’s place.

We had a great BBQ’d chicken supper and talked for awhile before calling it a night.

Tomorrow we will be heading south and stopping at a campground for the night in Illinois, before heading to the Weeb Ranch in Dardenne Prairie MO. on Sunday. Donna has to be back at work Monday.

We have had an absolutely  wonderful stay at Karen & Steveo’s their hospitality was great and it was a great stay despite the weather.

Hope all is well and everyone had a good week out there in blogland, Before I forget here is a windmill for Mike McCall.


                                       Here ya go Mike.

Be safe out there. Sam & Donna…..


  1. What a great day, nice weather, great company and trains for Sam.

    I can still see the grin.

    Kevin and Ruth

  2. You do have a large grin that nobody will take away...Glad you got to take that ride...I do love the old steam engines...Safe travels..

  3. How cool that you got to ride in front! :)

  4. That looks like fun! We went to the train museum in PA which was outstanding. I'm so glad you got in the engineers seat.

  5. Wow! What a fabulous day you all had!! I think I can see that grin from here.

  6. I can see the grin from here too..looked like a great day for a train ride!!!

  7. What a perfect day for Sam! Hope he was shoveling some coal into that beast and not just watching and taking pictures!!

  8. And you be safe out there yourselves. Have fun!

  9. Rick, Sam doesn't seem to have any coal dust on him in that picture they took. Perhaps he was just joy riding and left the really work to the regular crew......

  10. Vacations get over just too soon, don't they? Looks like this one was a good one.

  11. What a nice visit you had with Karen and Stevio and it looks like the dogs all enjoyed each others company as well.

    Back to work, huh? That's always the worst part of a vacation.

    Take care.

  12. Thanks for the WINDMILL Sam, and the thoughts! You Lucky Dog you,,,,riding in the engine!! WOW, what a thrill that was. Gosh I never did get to do that and my Son Patrick was a Conductor and a Engineer for 25 years!!! I always wanted a ride..... Maybe I can do that some time....but it would be especially fun with the Son driving! Take care my friend and have a safe trip on home!!

  13. Sam wipe that grin off his face yet??? I think it will stay on for a few months at least!!!

    Just split the LAST PIECE of your yummy chocolate cake ... and oogling that wonderful bottle of wine you left for me! You shouldn't have, ya know---- that was not necessary!~ Steveio is enjoying his beer too, for sure.

    Just got home, time for a nap