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I think I can!

A steam powered narrow gauge mountain train. If you look closely, you will see it doesn't have the big wheels with the long arm on it. This one works by turning a huge crank shaft which drives the wheels all at the same time. This configuration allows it to climb steep grades. This IS "The little engine that could"!


This is at Roaring Camp in Felton, California. It's tracks run through the mighty redwood forest to the beach in Santa Cruz. The trees are gigantic reaching 300 feet in height (100 meters). Riding this train will take you through Henry Cowell State Park, through Felton, Scotts Valley, and Santa Cruz right to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and the Santa Cruz Pier.


While you are waiting for the next train, take a small walk through Henry Cowell State Park. There you will walk among the tallest trees on this planet. The giant redwoods are struck by lightning all the time. Their insides burn out leaving them hollow. This doesn't usually kill the tree and the trees have a marvelous healing mechanism called burl. One such tree was used as a home for early pioneers. You can still walk inside and check out the fireplace and windows. Be sure to bring your flashlight and batteries so you can walk around inside as the windows have all healed over. If you have more than twenty people in your party, you may need to take turns touring the tree. Twenty years ago, I could walk in without stooping, but due to the healing, I cannot fit in anymore. In a few more years, nobody will be able to walk inside.


One more thing, can you see how this train is celebrating Easter Sunday?


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Taken on April 11, 2004