"Magic Mix Kids" is a charity linked to a local radio station that takes terminally ill kids to Disney World. This year, in partnership with Northern Iowa Railway, they put together a "Snowflake Express" fundraiser using the Hawkeye Express passenger cars. There were five hour-long train trips from the Rotary Reserve to Shell Rock and back. During the trip Santa & Mrs. Claus visited the train cars, The Polar Express was read aloud and each child received a beautiful gold sleigh bell. Tickets were a hot item and sold out in a week. We kept it a secret from the kids until we were pulling into the parking lot.
Both of them were pretty excited for their first ever train ride. I hadn't been on a real train since my college days. The kids had a great time. I got pretty woozy. It was foggy, and our window was dirty with really scratched up tinting. The cookies and hot chocolate afterwards were nice, though. :o)