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Friday, 21 March 2014


Liking the way Random 5 Friday works so well with 
today’s Friday Five from Rev Gal Blog Pal, janintx, who asks us to tell about five different trips we have made in our life due to different reasons, modes of travel, or whatever category you choose!
Here goes . . .
1- A train journey coming to mind which I made as a teenager returning from
Canada's West coast city of Vancouver through the Rocky Mountains,
and the many miles / kilometres across the prairies to my home.
Made with a friend and fellow long distance telephone operator following
a strike that we decided wasn't the way we wanted to spend our summer holidays!
Stunning beauty.   Enthusiastic approach to the trip as adventure.  Joy of friendship.
Great memories!

2- Another train journey heading the opposite direction, East across the
Canadian shield of rock walls and evergreen forests to the Capital city of Ottawa.
This time with another teenage friend on our way as bridesmaids of a mutual friend
and former classmate's 
The festivities and rehearsal were great first time events, as was the rail journey,
that resulted in another first - our return home as standby flight passengers!

3- Yes, we both got on a plane for the return trip lasting 2 hours 
rather than the 2 days it took to arrive by train!


4- Several coach journeys from our prairie home to our home on Prince Edward Island,
come to mind.  Gorgeous routes along the Great Lake shores, well timed for daylight
viewing and no travel time lost as the driver changes kept us moving through the nights.
Over 50 hours later we had reached Fredericton, capital of New Brunswick.
I think it was another 14 hours before we finally crossed the amazing
Confederation Bridge over the Atlantic 
to Anne's Island and home for that year.  

An incredible first time sight of the red soil of the Island never ceased to amaze me.
And wondering what injury had happened to my son
the first time I saw 
the red on his socks !


5- Ahh!  now here's a fav trip coming to mind.
I was gifted a trip to England just following the loss of my father one autumn.


I didn't know a soul there, but made a connection via email with a host family 
from a Christian network of hospitality homes.  She responded with a warm welcome to
their garden guest house.  I was intimidated by the enormity of travelling on my own
in a foreign country filled with unknowns.
Expressing my fears to my son one evening, I said the only saving grace was
that the country was the same language as ours!
He replied that 'sometimes you just have to do the hard things, mom!'
Which was exactly what I had to hear.  
The blessing was to hear it from my own child's mouth!

Very much a part of #Lent pilgrim journeying.  The unknown.  Unexpected.
The requisite?  Being open.  Being willing.  To venture.  To discover...
On pilgrimage knowing Emmanuel [God with us] is with us!


So, there are a few of many life travels.
Great prompt today, Jan.  A topic filled with memories and more trips 
to describe than you've requested. 
Thanks for #6- the 'trip down memory lane'!
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A Rural Journal 
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Beautiful trip photos!! I'm not sure I'd enjoy the one crossing that water tho. ;-)

Linda@Creekside said...

Those train shots are mesmerizing! We spent a day traveling on one when we visited Alaska some years back. So much FUN! What a way to travel ...

Simply Suzannes at Home said...

Suzanne of Simply Suzannes at Home

So happy to have travelled with you today. I love the 5th story you shared. Thank you :0)
Have a beautiful weekend,

Terri said...

Lovely reflection and photos on your travels. Thank you for sharing!

altar ego said...

I love traveling by rail (wish it were easier to do in the states!), and enjoyed the recollections you shared. I once feared traveling alone, too, but when I did it it turned out to be an amazing time for all kinds of reasons. Glad you found the courage for that trip! Thanks for your memories!

Louis la Vache said...

«Louis» has his Lenten Devotion posted and invites you to link to it. :-)

He also invites you to link this post with his Sunday Bridges meme which will publish at 22h00m central Europe time Saturday night.

Lorrie said...

We live in a land blessed with such beauty. Although I've traveled a fair bit, I have yet to cross Canada - someday we hope to do that.
The Confederation Bridge looks so very long!

Tanya Breese said...

beautiful photos!

Sarah Huizenga said...

Trains are wonderful as long as you don't need to get somewhere fast.

Anonymous said...

trying to catch up before I run out for a Saturday morning class. I love what your son said to you. How great is that :). Beautiful photos! I love this Lent Journey.

Louis la Vache said...

«Louis'» Saturday Lenten Devotion is HERE with a Linky.

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

We plant to take a train trip someday after retirement. Beautiful country!

Paula Miller said...

Wow, looks at the Confederation Bridge over the ocean!! I think I'd be scared to cross over there!

Louis la Vache said...

«Louis» is delighted that you linked this with Sunday Bridges.

Linnea said...

Thanks for sharing your journeys - what great memories! I'd love to see those bridges in person.

RNSANE said...

Such a spectacular journey. I haven't done nearly enough train travel, sad to say. I so much enjoyed this one, vicariously, and the incredibly beautiful photography.

My bridge is in Mumbai where I recently spent six months, far from my San Francisco home.

RNSANE said...

Such a spectacular journey. I haven't done nearly enough train travel, sad to say. I so much enjoyed this one, vicariously, and the incredibly beautiful photography.

My bridge is in Mumbai where I recently spent six months, far from my San Francisco home.

nature ramblings said...

What great memories!! I have been on one train trip from Oregon to Colorado. The scenery was beautiful but your photos are gorgeous!!! Thanks for sharing!

anastasia anezinis said...

What a awesome photos!!!Thanks for sharing!
Happy G'day!!!

Natasha In Oz said...

I would love to travel by train as I'm sure the pace is relaxed and the scenery amazing. One day I want to do that train ride in Canada that has the glass topped ceiling!

Thanks so much for saying g'day. Blessings to you this Good Friday.

Best wishes,
Natasha in Oz

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