We are packed up and headed back to Orlando. (Boooo). I am working through my photos from Comic Con (I did take over 1,200) and will have a recap of all my favorite moments next week. Until then I wanted to share some of the highlights of the adventures we had this past week.
Then we got to serious business, we did a couple searches on the library computer database to add more details to the family tree. Afterwards Dad showed me a couple books with family shields. I personally like the Castros’ de Aragon y Valencia because it looks like Thor’s armor. (He He He).
Our final search was in some public directories. This particular one was from 1910 (I think) but what I found interesting were the advertisements on the sides and tops of the pages, some things never change.
Midweek we headed to Perris, California to visit the Orange Empire Railway Museum. It is the largest railway museum west of the Mississippi River. To tour the museum is free. On the weekends they run some of the trains and street cars, there is a fee for a riding pass. Because we visited during the week we did not get to ride any trains but we had a fantastic tour.
Many of the interiors were also very stylish, this particular car had wicker seats. I also enjoyed looking at the advertisements through each street car. All the advertisements were authentic to the time but many were copies of the original.
Our docent, Gary, explaining this street car with its ‘new’ aerodynamic design. Gary was fantastic, he has been with the Railway Museum giving tours for 9 years. Because we came during the middle of the week, in the middle of the summer, it was the four of us and Gary … a private tour! We felt very special.
This is a US Postal Train which up until the 1950s was how most of the mail was transported. When passing through towns the mail train would rarely make a complete stop to pick up the mail, the local post office would hang the mail bag, when the train would roll through they would stick out a special metal bar to catch and retrieve the mail bag.
Inside the mail train they had a team to sort and process the mail. Our docent, Gary, also shared that they had gun carrying marshals on-board the mail trains. If you did not work on the US Postal Train you were not permitted on.
During our tour we visit 4 sheds filled with trains. The last shed was named Grizzly Flats in honor of Ward Kimball. All the trains in this shed were donated by Ward Kimball, a train enthusiast and one of Walt’s original “9 Old Men” Disney Animators. This particular train was named after his daughter, Chloe.
After 10 innings Padres beat the Braves 4-3. It was an excitingly close game, just what the crowd looks forward to.
I saved the best picture for last. Meet Bing (as in Bing Crosby). Because the Padres play at Petco Park, Petco brings a few cats and dogs to each game looking for a forever home. We stopped by to say hello to the doggies and Bing and I became buddies. If we were living in San Diego he would be coming home with me. Aren’t we cute!