by Lauren Gillon
Last year my mom surprised my brother and I with a train trip to the nation's capital. We departed at night and woke up the next morning somewhere in Virginia looking at beautiful sight of the mountains while enjoying breakfast.
I had my 15th birthday while on this vacation and the crew said "Happy Birthday" to me every time they saw me.
My grandmother often shared stories of how she rode the rails back in the 60's as this was the most common way to travel back then. This trip gave me the opportunity to share my story with her as well. We now have an even more common bond. This trip brought my family closer. I will never forget it.