We enjoyed our first ride on the Skunk train yesterday. I'm sort of a train buff and made a point of reserving a ride for the steam-powered excursion. We rode in an old parlor car as we meandered through the coastal redwoods from Ft. Bragg to the turn-around at Northspur. These are not the most dramatic redwoods I have seen, but they are dramatic enough. The stop at Northspur gave us the opportunity to enjoy our lunch at a picnic table amidst a beautiful grove of Redwoods. We packed our own picnic lunch which I recommend since the line for food at Northspur becomes quite long for those not fleet of foot. It was fun to watch our steam locomotive go through the process of using the turn around tracks to get into position for the return trip. During the trip we were fed snippets of history involving stops along the way. Some cabins can only be accessed by this train.
I didn't use the restoom on the train but my wife did. She said is was clean and about the same size as the restrooms on modern Amtrak cars (very small). However, it did not have a sink for washing hands. Fortunately we had hand sanitizer with us. Restrooms at the Ft. Bragg depot and at Northspur are spacious and full equipped.
If you enjoy history and can function at a relaxed pace for half a day you will enjoy this experience.
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