Cinders and Ashes! Day out with Thomas!

Jase loves Thomas the train and can name every single character on the show. I think it’s funny how he can easily say “Sir Topham Hat,” but has trouble say things like “please,” or “sorry,” but what can you do?


This year we decided to participate in Day out with Thomas at the Tennessee Central Railway Museum. This included various kid activities, a meet and greet with Sir Topham Hat himself, and an actual train ride pulled by the one and only blue engine himself, Thomas.  When we arrived, we were greeted by volunteers taking tickets and handing out “passports” of activites where the kids could get stamps when the visited each one. After all stamps were completed, the kids with filled passports would receive a prize on the way out.


The event was really cool, and the activities were geared to kids of various age groups. Jase went directly to the play tent, where he played with some other kids and a Thomas set, something that he could do at home whenever, but, you know, when in Rome I guess.



After that, I was the lucky one picked to escort him on a mini-train ride, while we waited for our ride with the big guy himself. As we circled around the parking lot a few times, gladly accepting the slight breeze that came with it as it was definitely a warm day outside.



Once the mini-train ride was completed, we went to some of the other booths to get Jase’s stamps and then it was time to get in line to meet Sir Topham Hat who, might I add, was much bigger than I imagined considering his stature on the show (granted it’s a cartoon, but whatevs).


Then, ladies and gentlemen, it was time to get inline for our ride with Thomas! We lined up in for our designated cart, Cart 1 to be exact, and got ready for our 15 minute train ride. This was the real deal, you guys.



After a short 7 minute ride away from the station, and a short 7 minute ride back to the station, it was time to get our picture with Thomas!!!!!! Guess what? Jase didn’t really get it. He saw Thomas, but when it was time for the picture, he seemed to be a little confused and didn’t actually want to face the camera for the picture. Two year olds, am I right? However, it was still very cool to see a life-size version of the really useful engine.


Last but not least, there was a petting zoo. Let me tell you, Jase LOVES animals. All kinds. Dogs, birds, cats, cows, sheep, goats, elephants, lions, all of them. This is where we spent the majority of our time at the event.

At one point, he nearly got knocked over by a goat, but he didn’t care. He thought it was awesome.


All in all, Day out with Thomas was a fun event. I think Jase was still a little too young for it, but that’s alright. Will we go again sometime? I think so. It happens every year and hits various cities throughout the country. It costs $20 for 2 year olds and up, which is a little on the expensive side if your child might be too young to truly enjoy it.


If you’re interested in going, check out the website here for more information:

Day out with Thomas

Adventure Awaits: Mammoth Cave

On one of our weekend adventures we decided to head to Kentucky for a day trip. Who knew that could be possible but given our current location living just outside of Nashville it was doable. Our destination was Mammoth Cave National Park. The cave system is a part of the Green River valley and hilly country of south central Kentucky. This is the world’s longest known cave system, with more than 400 miles explored. We happen to visit on a weekend that was extremely busy and not doing any research we were left with the only option of a self guided tour. Now having some experience in tours from my stint at Gatorland I figured it was something we could handle. So we paid for the tour, which wasn’t expensive at all, and headed off down the trail where we were met by a park guide that informed us on the do’s and don’ts of cave etiquette. As we made our way into the cave you could immediately feel the temperature drop.


As we made our way into the cave we traveled down a small corridor that at times was just above my head in height but we soon came into a very large room it was at this point it was obvious were the name Mammoth Cave came from.On the self guided tour you are limited on exploration of the cave system, but it is still very informative with signs and displays along the trek.


The self guided tour had no time limit, but limits your ability to explore this immense cave system. After exploring in the cave we made our way back to the surface and into the light.IMG_4203


From there we continued exploring the area by taking a trail down to the creek. Jase lead the way as we enjoyed the sights and sounds of being outside.


The trip down wasn’t so bad but by that time Jason was tired of walking and we had a .8 mile hike back up to reach the car.


Well we started the trek back to the car and I am here to tell you toting an extra 32 pounds uphill for .8 miles is not my idea of a good time. It turned out not to be so bad and thanks to Dominique’s keen hawk-eye type habits, we actually got to see a doe and its spotted fawn on the hike back.

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There is also an on site hotel and restaurant as well as a camping area. All in all it was a good outing. We recommend going when it’s not so crowded and taking one of the guided tours. I think they even do some at night. Check out their website for more information:

Mammoth Cave