Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Train to Vancouver! (Tiny Hands and Grain Elevators) 6


The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance,
the wise man grows it under his feet.
             James Oppenheim


As we were leaving Winnipeg I glance out the back window of the dome car and wished I had a little more time. There were a lot of people that boarded the train in Winnipeg I watch as they enter the dome car. The lady in front of me is from Winnipeg and heading to Saskatoon. I ask her if there are any old Grain Elevators to see on this trip. She replied that she has not done the trip for a very long time and thinks they were all torn down. My heart sunk, this was to be one of the highlights of my trip. Every time I would watch a farm show on the TV or read a farm paper I had always wanted to see one of these. I do hope she is wrong.

I stare out the window at the endless open fields of brown and grey, some of the fields have been worked up exposing the rich dark soil below but it is a little early to work the ground and there are big ruts in the fields where tractors have been sinking. I think I would love to do this trip in the summer or in the fall; the colours of fields of grain would be amazing.


Someone calls to me to look ahead I see a shiny grain elevator. Everyone knows how much I have been looking forward to seeing them and they join in my excitement. I now keep watch and am not disappointed. I chat to the woman from Winnipeg and I find out that her son works for one of the big farms and she explains the different uses for the buildings I am seeing. She also lets me know that the names on the sides of those Grain Elevators are the names of the company or the town that owns them. I see an old one and practically jump with joy.


I love meeting all the new people that boarded the train. Three year old Marshall is so sweet he asks Paul if he can play his guitar. Paul being a great guy says yes. To our delight Marshall who has never played before started strumming Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and singing. The dome car goes wild, he then stands up and takes a bow. The Berth sleepers walking by and hearing the excitement can’t help but join in the festivities as their cars I am sure do not have a Marshal. I love train people. There were a couple from England and a couple from Australia both very young and happily sharing tales of their travels. Seat sleepers like M and I, and all  the visiting berth sleepers all sharing the joy of train travel. Oh I love this.


After visiting with the new people I then head back to my seat/bed to see who I shall be sleeping beside tonight, selfishly hoping it is not another snorer. To my delight I meet the nicest woman from Vancouver who had boarded in Sudbury. I missed her as she had been sleeping most of the trip a little farther up. She was wonderful and helped me out with information on how to get where I wanted to go cheaply and easily in Vancouver and how to get to Victoria. This proved to be very valuable information for M and I.


 It seems my four seater/bed is still empty; I am not sure where all the people went. Maybe most of them were berth sleepers. I thought I would offer this comfy bed, to Joseph tonight as he has been complaining a little about comfort. I will try a two seater a few seats back that is empty for tonight. M and I had figured out very quickly how very uncomfortable sleeping side by side in just two seats could be. It is amazing to me how you can befriend and care about people so easily on a train. I walk by the young couple with the always smiling, only cried once, red haired boy. He would always giggle and let me hold his tiny hands.


I head back to the dome car and watch for those Grain Elevators, I am not sure where Manitoba ended and Saskatchewan began they are very similar. I see what looks like The Great Pyramids at least to me, I am excited yet dumbfounded as to what it is. The lady heading to Saskatoon clears my question up by explaining that it is a Potash mine a very valuable product used for fertilizer and other things. It is in great demand (this I knew being current with the news) I just had no idea how large a production it was. I can’t believe the size and it is probably Kilometers away.


 I listen to everyone around me sharing tales of travel and asking questions just like a family. I think to myself M has incredible ideas for travel, I am so very happy. Thanks M.

Later

17 comments:

  1. I'm so happy you got to see the grain elevators! It seems you make friends where ever you go. :)

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  2. Enjoyed reading about your train journey!

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  3. this sounds like an amazing journey. so glad you got the grain elevator photos you were hoping for. take care..dusty

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  4. Thanks for taking us along. I've wanted to do this train trip and I'm enjoying the ride.

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  5. I'm glad you got to see your grain elevators! What a neat bunch of people, to get so excited with you!! I'm sure they're at home now, telling their friends about the lady they met on the train. :)

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  6. You will never forget this fabulous trip. Dramatic, beautiful photos.

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  7. glad you got to see the elevators! and as much as you love the bush, you are such a people person, too!

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  8. That did it. I'm putting a long train ride on my bucket list.

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  9. The mine is very interesting. I agree, looks like modern pyramids :)

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  10. I love reading about your train journey. There seem to be so many friendly and helpful fellow travellers. The guitar playing 3 year old sounds wonderful.

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  11. I feel like I'm traveling with you - Thank you VERY much for sharing this adventure!

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  12. I love how you're loving your trip B. You've created a real community within your train people world!
    M must be so thrilled she's been able to give you this gift ... and also, seeing how you are enjoying every single minute of it.
    Enjoying your photos and commentary so much!!

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  13. oh yay, fun, great shots!!! fun to meet new people too!!

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  14. Love those elevators and the flat of the prairie...

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  15. i too would love to take a long train ride someday, and hoping to take it from here to Canada. beautiful photos.

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  16. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and commenting on Flowers for Leontien! This post is amazing! I enjoyed it so much. I just felt like I was traveling there with you.

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  17. what a fun group! i've never ridden a train long-term. the folks on the 2 hour trip from the illinois border to chicago, aren't nearly as friendly. ha!

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