Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Our Travels to Tweetsie Railroad in Blowing Rock, North Carolina

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Engine No. 190 - Photo Courtesy of Tweetsie Railroad
After loading up the car, we went back to our Hotel lobby and purchased tickets for Tweetsie Railroad.  Nadia and I, then headed out.  Today was our last day of sightseeing on our Road Trip 2011.  The plan was to arrive home tomorrow, but that was another story.   

It did not take long to get to Tweetsie Railroad, which was located in Blowing Rock, North Carolina.  We parked the car and entered the park.  This was a really cute place.  My parents had taken my sister and I there when we were kids; and I wanted to share that experience with my daughter.  


Wild West Adventure with Engine No. 190 - Photo Courtesy of Tweetsie Railroad
Wild West Adventure with Engine No. 190 - Photo Courtesy of Tweetsie Railroad
The park is themed like the old west with cowboys and bank robbers.  The main attraction is the Wild West Train Ride.  Which is a trip back in time with train robbers and renegades.  There is a Marshall in each train car looking out for trouble.  It was a lot of fun.   We then headed over to the chairlift to Miner’s Mountain.  You cannot be afraid of heights for this ride.  From here, we mined for gems. It cost around $8.00 (as of 2011).  Afterward we panned for gold. – This was free.  


Panning for gold at Tweetsie Railroad
Panning for Gold
Mining for Gems at Tweetsie Railroad
Mining for Gems
Then it was onto Deer Park.  Here, you could feed deer, goats, potbellied pigs and miniature horses.  The animals were very cute.   Before we left, we hit the rides.  It was just small carnival rides, but fun!! The only down fall was that I had to come to terms with the fact that since my late 30’s, I can no longer handle rides that go round and round.  We rode the Roundup.  I use to LOVE that ride and could ride it over and over again.  Now, I was like, “Ok you can stop now, I am ready to get off” 😵 Apparently Nadia could not handle it either, she had a stomachache after.   
Deer Park at Tweetsie Railroad
Deer Park
We spent about 3 hours here.  The staff was very friendly and polite.  Nadia and I really enjoyed ourselves.