My mother looks for every opportunity to have fun with, but educate, her grandchildren. She has decided that a train ride would be a fantastic adventure for them. I think it's a stupendous idea.

Did you know you can take a ride on an Amtrak train back and forth from Lafayette to Lake Charles in an afternoon for about $30 per person?

What an adventure!

I remember when I was a little girl, we took that very route as a field trip for school. I still remember sitting and staring out the window as the landscape whisked by.

Also, if you're planning a trip this summer and don't want to drive, consider train travel. Sure, it will take longer to get there than if you fly. However, the price will be significantly cheaper, you can sleep while you get to your destination, and you can see parts of the country you may not have the opportunity to see otherwise.

Remember, it's not about what or how much we buy our children that they will remember. It's about the memories we give them.

Make memories that will last a lifetime! All aboard!