On our recent trip to the Smokey Mountains, my hubby booked us a train ride on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad! What a great experience! We were led to our table in the MacNeill Dining Car complete with a huge window for viewing. As I sat down I was reminded of one of my favorite Christmas movies, White Christmas, when Bing, Danny, Rosemary and Vera were singing, "Snow, snow, snow, snow" in the dining car on the train to Vermont! I kept looking around for them to appear!
However, a gentleman with a banjo did stroll through singing various tunes and the one most familiar to me was "You Are My Sunshine"....so fun!
We were given a lovely lunch on our 90 minute ride from Bryson City to the small town of
Dillsboro where we were given about 90 minutes to roam through the unique shoppes and then back on the train to enjoy apple pie and coffee on our return trip to Bryson City.
The scenery was incredible as we rode alongside the Nantahala River, crossed the Appalachian Trail and took in lovely fall foliage that draped both sides of the train. I couldn't help but ponder those days of old when passengers used this mode of transportation on a regular basis. Sitting and talking with other travelers, dining together and sleeping in the various berths must have been quite the adventure!
I find myself being very thankful for quicker ways to travel to see loved ones, but also longing for those experiences that seem to slow life down and allow us to meet and mingle with others. May we enhance opportunities to bring others into our lives, our homes and our busy time schedules. Who knows that someone is waiting for you to share your faith in Jesus Christ and it will all begin with "Hello, my name is ________, what's yours?"