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Thankful for Travel

Adapted from http://www.maryo.co/giving-thanks-day-7-october-24-2017/

Today I’m thankful for Travel.

We’ve been fortunate to be able to travel to several interesting places.

Some, like Iceland, we just lucked in to. We’d wanted to go to Ireland but the travel agent couldn’t get us in at any time over that summer. She did get us a deal where, if we flew Iceland Air, they’d give us a free week in a hotel in Iceland before flying us to London. Duh! Wonderful trip.

A couple years ago we were in Costa Rica and took a day trip to Nicaragua where we stood at the rim of Masaya, a live volcano.

 

Masaya Volcano, Nicaragua

 

And a neat train in Alaska (more about this trip here: http://www.cushingsonline.com/Alaska/alaska.htm)

 

Our bus driver was a very good driver who told us all about the history of Skagway and the surrounding areas. Our first stop was Liarsville (http://www.klondiketours.com/goldcampshow.html), a tent village for gold miners. It was called Liarsville because many newspaper reporters were there publishing tales of how “easy” it was to find gold and become rich. No Way! The locals did a show for us and let us pan for gold. Of course, most everyone found some little gold flakes. A very hard way to make a living!

We made our way up the White Pass on the Klondike Highway to a 3,000 ft waterfall, Dead Horse Gulch (a lot of pack horses couldn’t make it the whole way), the Moore Bridge, Yukon Suspension Bridge at Tutshi Canyon and up over the West White Pass into Fraser British Columbia Canda, the same way that the miners had to walk or go with pack animal and 2,000 pounds of supplies. Much easier by heated bus! It was very scenic and we took lots of pictures. 

At the summit of that, in Fraser, British Columbia, we got on the White Pass & Yukon Route (WP&YR) Railroad train.

The WP&YR was originally built to help those miners who were hauling the ton of supplies up the pass but they finished building the railroad a year after the gold rush had ended. There’s more info about this railroad at http://www.wpyr.com We went over trestle bridges, through tunnels, over glaciers. Definitely a worthwhile trip.

WP&YR webcam: http://www.whitepassrailroad.com/multimedia/webcam.html

Here’s a bit of our train trip. Tom took this from the platform between the cars:

 

 

A very scary road between Stirling and Kinlochard, Scotland:

 

 

A helicopter around Barbados (more about this trip at http://beautiful-barbados.blogspot.com/2008/08/wednesday-week-one-helicopter-day.html)

Helicopter

 

Edinburgh Tattoo – twice!

 

 

Panama Canal.  In the volcano image above, I’m wearing the tshirt for the Panama Canal Railway that runs through the jungle.

 

 

 

Costa Rica and the Oh My God bridge.  They took this down while we were there – thank goodness!

 

 

 

And the not so good: Fire ants in Hilton Head, Thunderstorm in the Everglades, Africanized Killer Bee in Costa Rica, …

 

Scotland ~ Loch Morlich: Day 4, August 29, 2017

 

Tuesday, I woke up about 9.  Amazingly, I was able to get to sleep after last long night’s nap.  I read about 1 page in my book.

Last night I got 8:37 sleep time

The forecast for today 47°-56°.  Rain, Overcast, Mostly Cloudy, Clear, Partly Cloudy…

For work at home I answered a request for a room for the Cub Scouts (no, already booked) and tried uploading sermons again.  Still not working.  Maybe I’ll reboot the computer to see if that helps….later.

I took a shower and ran out of hot water.  I need to remember – Chalet in Scottish Highlands not at home with seemingly limitless hot water.  Maybe a cold water rinse will do wonders for hair.

After some time deciding where to go, we decided on a path through Rothiemurchus, partly around Loch Morlich.  Very nice trail, muddy in some spots, a few swales and bridges.  Lots of people biked by going the other direction.  We went by a beach with ducks and folks canoeing and a tributary with more ducks.

It was raining off and on, so we turned back after a little over a mile.

 

Of course, we stopped at Tesco on the way back and got some supplies.

Someone wanted to move a meeting on the church calendar.  It wasn’t even on the calendar so there was a bit of discussion about that.

The HDMI cable didn’t work – I got it plugged in just fine but there was no way that I could see to select that port on the TV

We climbed 4 floors and walked 3 miles

 

 

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