Right after Thanksgiving, my family and I got to do something really special--ride the Polar Express! That's right! I am a native Washingtonian, and I grew up knowing of Mt. Hood in Oregon. I even saw it, but I had no idea there was a railroad in River, Oregon, just past Portland.
We began our journey at the train depot. Thankfully we had a break in the weather. It had been raining pretty hard, but it let up just for us!
As we waited to board, my daughter wrote a letter to Santa. (I had already ordered a North Pole letter, and thankfully, it arrived shortly after this! She figured it was her letter she wrote there that prompted this letter.)
My dad, my mom, and I also went on this fantastic trip. We loved the train, and the scenery was definitely Washingtonian!
We still live in a beautiful part of the country, right?
Everyone on the trip from the conductor to the chefs to the hobo were dressed and acted just like the film. And as you see, they read the story to us. We all received gingersnap cookies and hot chocolate. We loved the hobo. He actually tried to take something from our bag but said he would come back when we were asleep.
This was my daughter right before she saw Santa Claus.
Santa's Workshop looked wonderful from the train.
And the big guy actually visited us. You can see that my daughter was not too enthused. She is nine and declared after Santa left that she was too old for Santa. I guess she is at that age. But she is still glad she came.
This was probably her favorite thing since it makes noise! Remember the bell from the story? She has one!
This is an experience that was well worth the time, and it is truly a reasonable trip for a family when you realize everything you get to do. Although she has ridden "Thomas the Tank Engine" twice, she doesn't remember. But this is one trip she will remember.
Be sure to check out the website here as Mt. Hood Railroad offers all sorts of trips year round!
I was provided with four free tickets in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are 100 percent mine.