Thursday morning we arose before the dawn of a new day. A new adventure awaited us after a five hour car ride, Tall Ships of Duluth.
If you are a friend or family member of mine on Facebook, I am positive you have probably seen quite a few photos my wife has posted. But for the rest of you, I do need to show you a few of my favorites. Truly, I returned to the excitement and wonder of my youth!
I have for many years been the age of an adult, and yet, when I see a favorite character walk by, I am so amazed I am almost moved to tears of joy like a boy on Christmas morning. Captain Jack Sparrow (the Minnesota version, which was actually spot on!) showed up shortly after we arrived at about noon on Thursday. You can’t tell, but I do have tears of joy in my eyes at this moment.
There were so many great memories made. This was my first trip to Duluth since boyhood. I was amazed like a boy once again when I saw him walk up into the crowd and stop for photos. Like a child, I would not be ignored and he was almost past me when I stopped him to ask for a photo.
Then, came every child’s dream for bath time!!
Then there was the camping we did. I have not gone camping since I can’t even remember when!! It has been far too long! And I say that because the first two mornings after waking up in a tent sleeping on the ground showed me that my 40-year old body is so out of shape!! I was hurtin’ those first two nights! This morning, I woke up totally fine, at 7:30 ready to hit the day!! I felt like a kid again when we got to The Depot in Duluth, after much searching for a decent parking spot and a three and a half block walk. Once again proving I am no longer a child.
We strolled into THIS ROOM
And I nearly started crying tears of joy!! This depot is so incredibly beautiful!! They had music from the 1940’s playing and you can just imagine this great room full of soldiers going off to World War II kissing their wives and girlfriends goodbye as they got ready to board a train which could lead to a one way trip with no return.
We approached the check-in desk and the pleasant lady behind the counter once again made the childish boy button in me come running out. She informed us that within 5 minutes President Licoln (an actor of course) would be giving a 15-minute presentation about The Civil War!! And you gotta see this!!
I have always been a fan of The American Civil War and World War II. And here, within five minutes of each other I get to experience feelings from both!!
Ask my wife, it’s safe to say I am definitely a child in a man’s body. I become easily over-emotional. I look at every day things, like trains, with awe and wonder. Yes, I will freely admit, I will never be able to fully lose my youth.