The sun rose in a clear sky on Saturday morning. The plan was to spend the day traveling north to a few places I had seen on the map. There are times when it is a good idea to put more distance between myself and my to-do list than the running shoes can provide.
In the morning, I took care of a few necessary chores and put together the traveling bags. It was early afternoon by the time I left. The sky had clouded over. There were a few sprinkles on the windshield as I drove out of town. It would have been a short trip if the sprinkles had turned into rain. The purpose of Saturday’s expedition was to find the entrances to the parks I had seen on the map. It was late enough in the day that I didn’t expect to spend any time walking around. I found the entrance to a restored prairie I would like to visit. I passed a couple of other parks. On the way home, I decided to try to find the Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad Depot and Museum. I followed the signs from the highway through the town and down a side street. I was surprised to see cars in the parking lot. It was around 5 pm. The “Open” sign was showing in the window of the museum. I went in to pick up a pamphlet with the hours and to ask whether it was alright to take photos. I learned that the museum was open outside of normal hours because the Dinner Train was scheduled to depart at 5:30 pm. I went around to the track side of the Depot to watch for the train.
I walked around and took photos of the other engines and railroad cars and then sat on a bench to wait for the train to depart. The train whistle woke me out of a day dream and I stood up to watch the train leave the station.
It was a chance encounter meeting the Dinner Train late on a cloudy Saturday afternoon. I was glad I found myself there at the right time.
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