The Chesapeake and Alleghany Live Steam Miniature Railroad Club has maintained a track and roundhouse in the park for almost 20 years. On the second Sunday of each month, weather permitting, the public can ride the trains for free. (Donations accepted.)
I used to enjoy the trains as a child, but around age 10 or 12 I stopped going. Last year, during my graduation party, I found out that the trains were running and hiked up the hill with a friend and her kids to show them where the trains were. I was planning to hike back down the hill after this. Instead, I stayed and rode the trains. And rode the trains. And rode the trains again.
They are even more fun as an adult. As a child, it is like an amusement park ride, albeit a slow one without any gravity defying curves. As an adult, I can appreciate the craftsmanship and the skill that goes in to making these miniatures. I can gawk at the hunched over engineer feeding dime sized pieces of coal into the boiler of his pufferbelly. *toot* *toot*
Because I am going to be going away to China, and I will have no more opportunities to ride the trains before I left, I scheduled a party. Not a party party. RSVPs not required. We aren't providing any food, tables, chairs, or napkins. Just show up and ride the trains with me.
As I said to one friend, I plan to enjoy myself with the trains. If my friends show up I will enjoy myself with my friends and the trains. If my friends don't show up, then gosh darn it, I will -still- enjoy myself.
And enjoy myself, I did.
Having friends around did make it better, of course. I would wish that the day had been sunnier, and that more of my friends had come, but the weather was cool and on a day like this one did not have to compete with dozens of children for places in line. I think I preferred it this way.