Over the weekend we had the pleasure of meeting the engineers that drive the Grinder Train that was going through Chappell, Nebraska and then to Julesburg, Colorado (and beyond). This train grinds the rails from one end of the country to the other. The guys were very nice, they said that they get LOTS of questions and lots of people wanting to take pictures. So because they were waiting for less traffic on the rails, they let us look at the train up close and take pictures. Each of the guys were from a different state. The one I mostly talked with was from Florida, but he had a southern accent. :) Very nice! We asked about the fire danger because of the sparks and they have quite a few ways to keep the fire danger down. They have 2 large water tank cars at the end of the grinder cars that shoot water out about 10 feet from the rails, soaking everything it passes. Then there is a water truck that drives on the rails about a mile or two behind the train that looks for any hot spots that may have been carried by the wind. Here are some pics and the full video I shot.
Mrs. GrumpyPants was totally me this morning! I woke up tired, irritated, snappy, and all around pathetic. As soon as my hubby got up and came down stairs I told him the great news. Poor guy! I told him that it was probably best that he go out, have fun, and enjoy the beautiful day without me because all I wanted to do was crawl into a hole, cry, and throw myself a pity party with an extra large chocolate brownie until I passed out from exhaustion. What he did next is why I love that man with all my heart. He came over, gave me a hug, and said "let's go to the lake, take Pete for a walk, and we can even take the van. That way if you get tired or want to hideout you can hangout in the van and take a nap (actually one of my favorite places to nap) while Pete and I walk around the lake." Yep! That is why I love that man! So, begrudgingly, I agreed to go. When we got there, got out of the van, and started walking, the weight lifted off my shoulders. I looked around at the beauty around me and just sighed a sigh of content.
The leaves - gorgeous; the company - understanding; the fresh air - soothing. It was exactly what I needed.
Here are some of the pictures from our walk. I pray that they take you to a place of peace and relaxation. Because for me - it was a great reminder of how Amazing our God is and how creative and magnificent his creations are. And on a bad day where all I want to do is hide, he is there - as a huge ray of soothing sunlight!
Fireworks from our towns 4th of July show. My hubby and I were in our kayaks as the fireworks exploded above us. It was incredible!!!