Jimmy Carter and the SAM Team

Sara's Birthday and a Visit from Jimmy Carter

Our last day on the SAM Shortline was also Sara's birthday. And so we started the day with all the volunteers on the train singing "Happy Birthday" to Sara. Then later in the day, all the passengers were told it was Sara's birthday, so the entire train sang "Happy Birthday." The Baptist choir in our car sang the best, the young students on a 5th grade school trip sang with the most enthusiasm, and the spirit of all the volunteers and all the other passengers carried the day!

On the train with us were also a large group of families from the Warner Robbins Air Force. All of these families had loved ones serving in Iraq, and we wanted to make it a very special day for them. And so in honor of these families (and because it was Sara's birthday), Georgia state troopers were out in front of the depot when we loaded the train, yellow ribbones were tied on all the fences between the depot and the train, and a special visit by Jimmy Carter was arranged for when the train stopped in Plains.

Jimmy Carter
Sara and Jimmy Carter
Needless to say, everyone was excited! Jimmy Carter slowly walked around and among all the families, allowed photo opportunities, and wished us well. We didn't get him to sing "Happy Birthday" to Sara, but maybe she had heard that enough that day.

Part of Lake Blackshear which we passed every day on the train, and in which there was a bald eagle's nest!

Bruce and Sara 2008---Opening Page

Jan to April 2008---The SAM Shortline in Cordele, GA

April 1st to April 13, 2008---Driving from GA to Big Bend NP, TX

April 14st to April 23, 2008---Driving from Big Bend NP,TX to Mesa Verde NP

April 24 to May 4, 2008---Snow in Yellowstone, a Change in Plans, and a Detour to Zion NP

May 4 to May 11, 2008---From Zion NP to Salt Lake City and Glacier, and then to Canada

May 12 to May 16, 2008---Kootenay, Banff, Yoho and Jasper National Parks Yoho)

May 16 to May 25, 2008---The Alaskan Highway---From Dawson Creek, British Columbia to Skagway, Alaska

May 25 to June 7, 2008---Southeast Alaska--Skagway, Sitka, Juneau, and Haines

June 8 to June 21, 2008---Haines Junction, Fairbanks, and Denali

June 22 to July 4, 2008---The Kenai Peninsula: Portgage, Seward, and Homer

July 5 to July 22, 2008---Whittier, Anchorage, Palmer, Valdez Prince William Sound and Wrangell-St. Elias NP

July 23 to July 28, 2008---Driving Down the Cassier Highay: Steward and Hyder

July 29 to August 14, 2008---Driving Home after 13,600 Miles

If you want to write to or contact Bruce and Sara, their email addresses are: bruce@schundler.net and/or sara@schundler.net

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