The boys and I took a trip on Amtrak to visit my aunt, uncle, and cousins in Rhode Island during their spring break. Train travel is easier for me than car or air because I have more leg room and can get up and move around, which is key to minimizing pain in my radiation damaged left hip/thigh. I’ve traveled a few times to Virginia for work on Amtrak. My sister and I also used to visit my dad in Maryland on Amtrak’s fast train the Acela when we were teenagers.
I wanted to have something to keep the kids busy on their time off and give Mike a break. They were really well behaved and we had a great time. I made the mistake of asking Mike to carry the luggage on for us and he got stuck on the train! He had to get off at Newark airport and ride another train back to Metropark to pickup the car before it got towed from the temporary parking area. It worked out OK in the end, but that was definitely not part of the plan. It was also a bit tricky finding 3 seats together in coach, especially before we got to NYC, but a kind gentleman must have seen my look of despair and offered his two seats since he was getting off at the next stop. A few minutes after that I was able to get Ethan a seat across the aisle from me and Ryan and we were set. The boys enjoyed looking out the window, reading, and working on the activity sheets I printed out before we left. On the way home we also went on an adventure to the cafe car (about 3 cars up) to get lunch.
We had lots of fun with my aunt, uncle, and cousins in Rhode Island. One of my cousins has a 3 yr old daughter and 2 yr old son, so the boys had kids to play with. There was a birthday party for the 2 yr old while we were there. We also went duckpin bowling, to a marine center with lots of touch tanks, and a children’s museum.
Overall it was a great trip. I didn’t get too tired, the kids had a blast, and Mike got a nice break. I’m hoping to take a slightly longer trip this summer when the kids are off from school to visit my dad and friends in Virginia.