Sunday, October 9, 2011


The weather here in Arizona is finally turning nice, and we decided to have fun this weekend!  We joined our blogging friends, Brenda and Eugene, from Brenda's Arizona and headed over to McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park to enjoy Railfair 2011!

Since it has been a while since he has had an adventure, I took Sam along.  Monty stayed at home with Aaron - after seeing some of the train displays, I think it might have been the better decision.  Monty has been known to be a little, ummm... destructive..., in his happy-puppy-go-lucky kind of way!

Sam's excited to go!
The park is beautiful.  There is a carousel, several engines and cars on display, a museum, and a building housing train layouts from four separate clubs!  There is also a narrow gauge train that takes you for rides around the park.

Sam was a little startled at first to meet Sophie - she is a very happy and exuberant pup!  After the first few minutes though, they were good friends and willing to explore the park together.

Sam, Me, Brenda and Sophie!

Unfortunately, dogs aren't allowed in the museum and on the train, so we had to take turns to look at some of the displays - it worked out well though!

Eugene, Sam and Sophie - waiting for the girls!

I'd like to be able to create a model train layout one day.  Some of the detail we saw was just amazing!


Miles of scenery...

I really love these tiny sheep.  If you look at the top left of the green area, you will see a tiny speck - that's the sheep dog!

This tiny guy is making sure the trains are running smoothly!

I did manage to take Sam into this little museum.  He was getting so much attention that he wanted it from everyone, including this guy...

Maybe he reminds Sam of Dad?

Of course, he was also getting a little tired.  Sam has never liked sitting on hard surfaces, so when he gets a chance he sits in my lap!

I'm not heavy, am I Mom?

We had a great day and look forward to meeting Sophie, Brenda and Eugene for more adventures!



  1. wow Sam – what a great adventure! You're so lucky to have such great humans who will take you out on these interesting expeditions. Some doggies just always end up going on the same walk every day– and miss out on new experiences. And I love that last picture of you with the train – just gorgeous!

    Honey the Great Dane

  2. Man oh man Sam you are much bigger than I thought. Just seeing you in front of that old train is the proof. I bet you could have stopped it if it was moving.

    Fun times Dude


  3. What a fun place to visit for both you and Sam. Mom would have loved seeing the train displays. She loves all that detail stuff.

    Great pics of you and Sam together.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

  4. That really looks like so much fun! Sam, you remind me of someone here who loves to sit in my lap although she is way too big! I have always loved train sets and the details are remarkable! Love, Debbie & Holly

  5. It was so fun today, Sam and Christine! Thanks for sharing the day with us. Sophie is in love... watch out, Sam! (Though Monty seems to be more of Sophie's type...)

    Thanks again!

  6. What a wonderful time you had!!

    Licks from Olive

  7. Yay! How fun! We would have loved the museum too, and going with bloggy pals, always the bestest!
    Thanks for stopping by today. Don't know what is going on with not being able to post!? Hrumph.
    Keep in touch!

    Sweet hugs,
    Sierra Rose

  8. Wow, Sam, it's nice to hear that your still doing great on your trainings, with your Mom!

    It's all About Pet Fences | Dog Fence

  9. This post was almost as much fun as being with you guys! Great pictures and you can see what a good time you all had. I love it when you can click on the pics and get an enlargement, I am just a detail girl is what I am.

    Cheers and hugs to all,

    Stella (and Jo)

  10. That's FUNtastic trip. Maybe one day Monty gets a chance to see the place.

  11. They let you into the museum?! WOW what fun you must of had! :D


  12. What a terrific train adventure!! Looks like a good time was had by all!! We saw a train exhibit similar to that in CT!
    xoxo Chloe and LadyBug

  13. You're just the perfect lapdog, Sam!
    That train show is just amazing!

    Love ya lots
    Maggie and Mitch

  14. You fit so nicely on Momma's lap, I am sure she doesn't mind! You made a new friend on that museum too!

  15. What a fun time! I love looking at model traines, really gets your imagination going.

  16. I think us cultured dogs should be allowed everywhere


  17. What a wonderful adventure with Sam and friends! That place looks like a lots of fun!

    Thor and Jack

  18. What a cool adventure, Sam! Our mom sometimes takes just me or just Zimmie places. Then she has to take whoever was left at home on an adventure... ha woo.
    You look the perfect size to be a lap dog to me. In fact... you're about my size, aren't you? Perfect!

  19. That looks like a cool place to visit!!! Awesome, dawg!!

    Boondocks & The Love Shack Pack

  20. That is an awesome adventure, my friend!

  21. That looks like fun! How sad that dogs aren't allowed in the museum, maybe they're afraid we'd drive the trains away?

  22. What a great adventure! Looks like a very fun place to pack a picnic and spend the day! My dad was a model builder (architectural) in college and he loves trains...this would be a perfect weekend trip. Thanks for sharing.

  23. Woof! Woof! How FUN!!! Trip and meet up. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

    Lots of Golden Thanks for your blogversary wishes. Delighted to be bloggie friends. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

  24. What a GReat trip and treat!

    Thanks fur sharing it with us!


  25. What a cool outing! Luv the wee trains! :) Sam, if you hear a choo-choo, move out from in front of that train engine k? ;)

    Waggin at ya,

  26. That looked like it rated high on the fun-o-meter!

  27. Glad you had such a great time!

  28. Sam! Watch out for the train!!!!!
    Sounds like a fun park and adventure. Too bad Monty missed out. Maybe next time?

  29. Pamela does the same, she always sits in my lap, but in her case, she thinks that is a cat hahaha.
    Well Sam! You had a really amazing adventure there,
    I hope you can make back your expeditions in the museum soon.
    Thanks for join in the facebook page :)


  30. What a fun day! It's too funny that Sam tried to make friends with the statue!!!! :)

  31. My Grandpa actually worked on the railroad. He always loved trains. Looks like you and your family had a great day out. :)

  32. What a wonderful time you had!! Licks from Olive

  33. Pamela does the same, she always sits in my lap, but in her case, she thinks that is a cat hahaha. Well Sam! You had a really amazing adventure there, I hope you can make back your expeditions in the museum soon. Thanks for join in the facebook page :) Kisses Pamela.