Santa Express

Last year I was assigned to the Santa Express, a ride on a historical train through Bellofonte to celebrate the holidays with a reading of the Polar Express, and a visit from Santa.  I hadn’t been on a train since I was a youngster and didn’t think about the motion aspect of the journey.  When I stepped off the train after the hour long adventure I felt terrible.  Walking the wrong direction of the train, kneeling and taking photos completely threw off my equilibrium.

The ride is a big success and tickets sell out faster and faster each year.  This year when I found out I had the same assignment I was prepared.  I made sure I had some food in my stomach, I had Dramamine on hand, a ginger ale in the car and tried my best to stay moving in the direction that the train was.  For my equilibrium the ride was a great success.  For my photos I have mixed feelings.  As I started weaving through the cars with Elf, and Santa himself I discovered my flash batteries were dead.  I figured it would be okay especially as we entered a car with all red and green lights.  Perfect for the holiday spirit, not for my white balance.  The effect didn’t turn out as I hoped and left me with a discolored Santa.

Next year I know I need prepare for the motion, and double check all batteries since the spares in my car do no good when I’m on a train.

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