Wednesday, September 2, 2009

The Journey (continued)

My husband, our youngest daughter and I took a cross-country journey to visit our son, his lovely wife, and our first grandchild. The transportation of choice was a slow train ride. We had taken such a trip many years ago with the three oldest kids. Since our youngest complained that "we did all the fun stuff before she was born" (oh, absolutely, and on purpose), we decided to treat her to the experience of traveling by train.

Last wisp of sunset from the sleeping car of the train...

Early morning breakfast at the Cafe du Monde, New Orleans...

Back on the train - heading west...

a back road find - old country church...Texas

I was told the church was no longer in use, but someone seems to care enough to decorate the doors...sad and sweet

Galveston (kept looking for that 5-cent Coke, but never found it)

Grampy and Granny...still in love

Creatures great and small

You're never too young for a little art appreciation, baby dear...

There were some wonderful moments I wanted to capture on camera but didn't: a man on the Mississippi River edge with a slide trombone breaking the morning silence with a heart-lifting rendition of Amazing Grace; watching through the train window pure white egrets flying over the Louisiana swamplands; walking along an empty beach on the Gulf of Mexico awed by the pelicans as they dive-bomb silver fish jumping through the surf. Still, the best part of the journey is the gift of seeing your children's children.

6 comments:

Zach said...

Very nice post.

Anonymous said...

Wow - I love that photo through the train window at night! Very very cool shot. The old church is cool as well! Wish you could have managed to snap a shot of the old man playing Amazing Grace, I can only imagine... :)

Rhys

Jodi said...

me too,thanks Rhys

imchosen4worship said...

I love your "art appreciation" shot. As well as agreeing with you that you're never too young to appreciate the arts, you look like you're sitting while suspended in mid-air!

Simmy said...

Sounds like a wonderful trip Jodi. I love travelling by train (we've just been to paris on the Eurostar ourselves).

Such a shame that the baby is so far away from you - I know you'd make great grandparents.

Anyway, I owe you an email so will write over the w/end or Monday at the latest. Love to all ......

Jodi said...

Paris on the Eurostar!!!!! can't wait to hear about it.

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