Some one asked, “how did we get to Banff?” My husband planned our honeymoon. We got on the Canadian Pacific Railway Train – – – BEAUTIFUL – – – at 10pm Valentine’s night and we traveled all night and all the next day and arrived in Banff late evening on the 15th. The nights were very cold and that slowed the trains down and we arrived about 5 hours late. Loren had a car waiting for us when the train arrived.
We had the most beautiful time. Loren loved trains. (No. He never asked me where I wanted to go or how.) Why should I care!!! I was with him. And together any where was perfect. I had never seen real mountains up close if you want to say it that way. lol
The train was fabulous. Table d’Hote Table cloths. Waiters in uniforms with towel over their arm pouring our coffee via a silver coffee pot. Filets of Fresh Fish with lemon Wedges, or Griddle Cakes with Sausages, Maple syrup, or should I go on??????? didn’t think so! But as we rode along and enjoyed our breakfast we had a glass top car to enjoy from. And none of the breakfasts were even $3.00 each. THAT WAS over 50 years ago!!!!!! After breakfast and freshening up we went to an observation car and enjoyed the sights and me – – – – the mountains.
We arrived in Banff after dark and Loren had a huge surprise for me the next morning. When we awoke, he walked me over to the window and told me to shut my eyes and he would tell me when to open them. I heard a drape opening. Then he told me to open my eyes and what I saw next I shall never forget. He had booked our room at the Banff Timberline Hotel – – – – – – – – – at the foot of Cascade Mountain. And when he opened the drape, we were at the foot of this HUGE HUGE HUGE HUGE HUGE HUGE mountain. And deer were outside our room’s window. They were even outside the window of our table where we had our breakfast. I SHALL NEVER FORGET THAT MOMENT IN TIME. (And yes. I have receipts and pictures of Banff – never to be forgotten.)
Fast forward to 2005. Loren had a window of time and we took a 5,000 mile sentimental journey. Tempe, AZ –Oceanside, CA – up the coastline to Anacortes, spent the night at Anacortes Inn and took the Ferry over to Sidney, BC for the weekend.
Loren had led a golfer to the Lord. Mike was going to become a golf pro but instead he became a pastor. On this weekend we were invited to the church – they knew Loren was coming. As we entered the sanctuary, the congregation all stood to their feet and applauded Loren. So many told him, “Thank you for our pastor”. Loren and I knew it was not he. The Lord would have used another person had Loren not been in the Lord’s will. We took the return Ferry on Monday morning – on through the beautiful British Columbia country to Banff where we spent the night of June 19th. On June 20, 2005, on our way out of Banff at the entrance to Banff, I took a picture of Loren with Cascade Mountain in the background.
Fast forward to 2008. Exactly three years later to the day, he went Home to be with his Lord.
Til next time.
In the arms of my Savior. Marge
“You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the people but it is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.” (2 Cor. 9:11,12)