Have you ever been stuck at the train tracks? I get stuck all the time on my way to work. My commute from work is 7 1/2 minutes. My commute to work while waiting for a train to cross the tracks, is about 15 minutes. And I get irritated. It’s always when I’m in a hurry, running late, and our landscape crews are waiting for me to arrive to start their day.

I think waiting for trains and nature have a lot in common, they’re both powerful. When a train shows up on the railroad crossing or a volcano releases her fury there’s not a darn thing you can do about it but sit back and… well, sit back. Now I understand nature and its effect on us humans when we realize we have no control, nor can we tame nature’s power. With the trains, unless you want to be severely altered for the rest of your life, there’s nothing you can do about it but just sit back and wait. The silver lining to waiting for a train is that for most of us it brings out our inner child. When was the last time you saw a train and completely ignored it? Kind of hard to. I find myself falling into a semi-conscious state as I watch the behemoth of steel rolling by seemingly unstoppable, same as a volcano.

What does this have to do with Maple Rock this Saturday? A lot.

Join us for Planes, Trains, & Nature

What do airplanes have to do with this Saturday at Maple Rock?

Absolutely nothing. I’m just trying to see if you’re paying attention. But there’s probably an image of John Candy and Steve Martin running through your head. If you’re under thirty you might not know John Candy and Steve Martin in the movie Planes, Trains & Automobiles. If you don’t know the movie – Google it.

Let’s be clear, I do not have freight trains at Maple Rock, I do have trains however. Our Garden Train will be running this Saturday as it meanders its way through the garden. The good news for you is if you try to beat the train at the crossing, chances are you’re going to win. I’ll be upset however, as the carnage left behind will look like Godzilla smashing through Tokyo.

Maple Rock is located approximately ten minutes from High-Hand Nursery. It’s a private park nestled up on the hill overlooking the valley. Join us this Saturday from 9am until 3pm. Take some time with your favorite beverage, stroll the gardens, and let the trains take you back to your childhood. The Sacramento Railroad Society will be there with their steam engines – it will be a lot of fun. We will be offering lunch for purchase provided by High-Hand Cafe. Bartender Chris will be serving up mimosas, draft beer, as well as a few signature High-Hand cocktails.

Greg will be playing guitar up by the house. When you arrive, grab a drink and stroll the garden. When you find Greg you know you’ve arrived at the house.

Tickets can be purchased online by clicking here. You can also purchase tickets on Saturday at the gate of Maple Rock. If you’re looking for directions to Maple Rock they can be found by clicking here.

I love Fall in the gardens. I get to watch Mother Nature put herself to sleep in preparation of new beginnings in Spring.

See you at Maple Rock this Saturday,


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