It was a lovely morning! The rising sun complemented the flowers and shrubs surrounding our small country home. The laundry on the nearby clothesline waved gently in the morning breeze, already beginning to dry. I felt a sense of satisfaction as I made my way to my large vegetable garden pausing only briefly to glance at the jet stream high above.
My imagination was vivid that morning and I wondered at the destination of that jet airplane. Were the passengers aboard on a business trip, visiting relatives in some far away land, perhaps searching for a long lost lover or were they like myself, simply eager to experience and learn of new countries and people?
The year was 1956. It had been one year since I had chosen to relinquish my position and lifestyle in a nearby city and marry a handsome and ambitious young farmer. Our realistic dreams at this time did not include travel or faraway places.
Many essentials were needed to make the farm prosper and our hope was to make that happen. Of course we would face setbacks but the harvest this year was near and with it the promise of a bountiful yield.
The years since my honeymoon days have gone by quickly. With our children now in their teenage years and our mixed farming operation well established we did find some time to relax and enjoy the beauty of our Saskatchewan lakes in the summer months and hours of cross-country skiing in the winter.
Miles of well groomed trails drew us to our northern forests and on occasion to the majestic Canadian Rockies to find the serene trails nestled in the valleys near Banff and Lake Louise.
There would be days to travel in the future, many of our trips to visit family. However there were others as well but all of them promised excitement and adventure. Now in my retirement years I do enjoy the opportunities I have to travel but I like to reminisce and remember the wonderful people and friends that I have met along the way.
Travel Tales of Life has taken me on many incredible arm chair travels and when Sue and Dave invited me to share some of my own travel tales with you I was pleased and honoured. I hope to share my experiences with you in future posts. Perhaps I can take you back to 1983 to fly away with me on my first transatlantic flight.
Shirley has been sharing her enthusiastic story telling ability all of her life. Proud to call Saskatchewan, Canada home for more than 80 years, her love of new experiences, challenges and adventures reach far beyond her prairie roots. Once retired from farming and working as an administrative assistant, Shirley studied and received her high school diploma at the age of 70. At 77 she published her first book and now in her 80’s has agreed to be a monthly contributor at Travel Tales of Life.