Monday, December 21, 2009

I Believe

Pamela Tracy here. Okay, so it's dark outside and I'm sitting in front of my computer after a three day Internet absence. Christmas is sooooo fun. Friday night we loaded up Grandpa, Grandma, hubby, four-year-old, me, and headed for Williams, Arizona, and the Polar Express.
It's great fun. They take the Grand Canyon Railroad train, stick a wreath on the nose of the engine, and make magic for kids. We were on car J.Our train was supposed to leave at 8:00, but for some reason, there was delay. I overheard one of the elves (train employee dressed up) on his walkie talkie: Clean up on car M.
The mom in me thought, "Oh, no. Some kid drank too much hot chocolate." The worrier in me thought, "Oh, no. Someone is hurt." The suspense writer in me thought "There's been a murder!"
In real life, the engine broke. Nothing magical like Caribu on the track. After an hour wait (we spent it freezing, getting Mikey's picture taken with Santa, and freezing some more), we got on the train. It's about a fourty minute ride to the North Pole. The waiter and elve serve cookies and hot chocolate, and over the loud speaker they read the book (we brought ours so Mikey had the pictures). Then, it's the North Pole! It's about a block long and Santa is outside on his sleigh waving. The train then heads back to the station and Santa is on board. He gives all the kids a hug and a bell and asks them to believe.

13 comments:

ladies boots said...

yeah you are right. i like your story thanks for sharing this with us.

PamelaTracy said...

Nice to have you here Ladies Boots.

Vince said...

Hi Pamela:

We stayed in Williams a few years ago but didn’t get to take the train. Did they have a marching band come out to see you off? I know they do that sometimes on the trip to the Grand Canyon.

Also, someone at the hotel told me that Williams still had a colony of 1960’s hippies who never changed. Did you see any?

BTW your book "Clandestine Cover-Up" is on sale at eHarlequin right now. Big Christmas savings! I’m going to read it just as soon as I finish “Christmas Peril”.

Vince

Project Journal said...

Hey Pam!
This is such a cute idea! We do it in our town too! It started 3 or 4 years ago. The past 2 or 3 years, I've helped out and been an elf, but this year I had my piano recital and was in Boston for the David Archuleta concert. If my sis and I were kids our mom would've definitely done this with/for us : D We would've been thrilled! I'm sure Mikey LOVED it too! ; )
Hannah

Project Journal said...

Oh! By the way, Clandestine Cover-up is really good so far! I've read like 70 pages or so and it's keeping me turning the pages!
Hannah

PamelaTracy said...

Vince,
No Marching band, and I live within a few hundred miles of Williams and get there often, and alas, never have I seen the marching band. Hippies. Williams in tame! Jerome is where the hippies are.
Thanks so much for reading Clandestine Cover Up.

PamelaTracy said...

Hannah,
Sounds like fun (being an elf). Hope you enjoy all of Clandestine Cover-Up. I really enjoyed writing it.

Project Journal said...

Well, I'm enjoying it so far!
Hannah

PamelaTracy said...

You make me smile, Hannah

Project Journal said...

Same here(well about you, of course!)!

Oh my goodness, the whole "mystery part of me thought there was a murder"!! LOL! SO funny, just thought I'd tell you....

The book is getting even better, girl! You certainly know how to keep a reader in suspense ; ) I'm around page 150 and I really wanna know who the person that's targeting Tamara is!!
Hannah

Project Journal said...

PAM!!!
Oh. My. Goodness. That book was SO good! Seriously! I totally didn't see the whole body thing coming at all. Wow! I really enjoyed it : ) Pam, I am so proud to say I know you after reading a book like that(well, I was before too, but you know...) *grin* It was so satisfying by the end. Vince sounds like such a sweetheart! There was one page that gave me chills during the storm...I'll have to look it up and tell you....it was so good!

GREAT JOB, PAM!
Hannah

PamelaTracy said...

Thanks Hannah. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I pinch myself just about every day because I get to write what I love.

Project Journal said...

Awwww! That's SO cool! : )

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!
Hannah