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For those new to Cabinspiration, I was raised by a duo of non-traditional thinkers. 

My parents are open to trying something new, attempting the unchartered, living in the moment – all while focusing on fun no matter what. So, naturally, they were up for trying out a new Thanksgiving tradition: riding the rails!


Here in NW Wisconsin, there's this cool little thing called the Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad. Being relatively new to the area – and soaking in all the local hotspots – Daniel and I had tried out a dinner cruise on our wedding anniversary last August.

Our review? The staff was super fun, the view was awesome and, with the ability to bring our favorite bottle of wine for a small corkage fee, the train-food was pretty decent in the grand scheme of things. 

So, when we learned they offered a Thanksgiving cruise – ding, ding, ding! We had a Gjertson family winner. 

The result? With our now-couple-bottles-of-wine add-on to this trip, the turkey dinner (while not my father's famous recipe) was warm and familiar, the conversation bobbed easily along with our gently swaying train car and a great time was had by all.  

The best part? The train-cruise passes by quite-possibly the COOLEST sculpture garden – uh, I mean salvage yard I've ever seen. The 40-acre Kessler Salvage Yard is an antique-lovers dream chock-full of old cars, vans, buses, RVs and more. It's an amazing highlight of the journey that's quite memorable!

So there you have it. A cabinspired take on Thanksgiving ... a new memory, an adventure-filled day and, at the end of it all, a great story to take home. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

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