We always take along several relevant books when we take trips. I have fun choosing books with themes related to our travels. For our trip to stay in the Pioneer Cabin and to ride the Cass Scenic Railroad, I had quite a few good choices.
I also packed the book Freight Train for the twins, but somehow between packing it and arriving, it didn't actually make the trip. Funny how things like that happen.
Reading with Daddy.
And reading with Mommy. We're lucky enough to have 3 little boys who love to read.
As it turned out, the most fitting of the books we brought was When I Was Young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant. It's long been one of our favorites, but it was fun to experience so much of the book in real life.
Living life simpler, for a few days. No electricity. No running water.
Brushing teeth with a dipper in the "sink". Which led to a conversation about how we could conserve more water at home - you don't need much at all to do little things like teeth brushing.
Just like in the book, Pierce got to experience pumping icy cold water from the hand pump.
We also experienced what is called in When I Was Young in the Mountains the 'johnnyhouse' or outhouse - or as they call it now, the vault toilet. Not so much fun in the middle of a cold night!
Sadly, although we brought hot cocoa to drink like in the book, we couldn't get the wood cookstove to take correctly, so we opted for s'mores by the fire instead.
Not a bad consolation prize, huh?
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