As many of you know, Morgan’s Cloud is laid up and we have spent most of the last year at our Base Camp in Nova Scotia. However, nice as it is, The Hovel, as we affectionately call our cabin, is not insulated…not even slightly. So, faced with a Nova Scotia winter, we did what any sensible people would do and bailed.
I say “sensible people” but, now I think about it, that might be an unrealistic claim for us to make since, instead of doing what a couple aspiring to that designation would do and heading for a warm place, we are heading west toward Canada’s Rocky Mountains on the theory that if you are going to do winter, you might as well do it full-on and cross country ski like crazy. There’s also the added attraction of a rented condo with insulation and heat that does not require splitting and lugging wood—a novel concept, don’t you think?
Wait, it gets better…or maybe worse. Sensible people would fly. But Phyllis and John, oh no, only the train will do. So as I write we are somewhere north of Lake Superior in the middle of…well, nowhere. And I do mean nowhere. Lots of trees though. Lakes too. It’s the Great Canadian Shield, all covered in snow, and quite beautiful.
But no cell phone coverage, which means no internet. So this post is really just a long lead-in to explain our absence from the comments. We will be back. When we get somewhere. Rather than where we are now, which is, as I said, nowhere. Actually, it’s rather nice, and a good reminder that being without the internet sometimes is a good idea.
As to the title of this post. One of the interesting things about traveling by train, particularly a train that moves at, shall we say, a leisurely pace, is that it reconnects us to the real dimensions of our planet. Kind of like offshore voyaging in that way, only without the puking. But unlike flying, which compresses everything in unnatural ways.
We have now been traveling for some 48 hours and we are not even halfway across Phyllis’ native land and my adopted country. Canada is a really big country. Beautiful too.