Although I’ve always felt that the Phoenix area is one of the biggest suburbs on the planet, it does have its charms. Take for example the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park in Scottsdale where I took my son, Seth, for the day while visiting my mom. What a hoot, I mean toot.
While mom and spouse shopped at the Biltmore Fashion Park for an upcoming family wedding, I took our 2-year-old son for two rides on a miniature train and for his first carousel ride. He was scared, but loved it. He talked about trains right up until he went to bed later in the night.
The Railroad Park was packed with children and made me long for something similar in Southern California. Most of the parks in the Inland Empire are pretty, but sterile. I consider a park busy if there are more than five families around.
The park, on the other hand, was packed with hundreds of families from all over the country. They even had a cool playground area with about 20 different kind of slides. For once, I was surrounded by parents happy to be on the mission of just being parents. What a nice feeling.