Sunday, October 16, 2022

Fall Wonderland

I took an amazing trip with my daughter during the weekend of Canadian Thanksgiving. I wanted to celebrate my up-coming retirement with a trip. Taking the Agawa Canyon train has been on my bucket list since I heard about it many, many moons ago. 

A memorable train ride

The train to Agawa Canyon departs from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. I've been a few times, usually driving through to get to Lake Superior or to head to the Mid-West. This time we stayed two nights, had an amazing meal and a delightful trip to the Agawa Canyon. 

As we were going around bends, I wanted to take a picture of the front of the very long train. You can see from this image that the train compartments are in great shape. Since it was the last weekend of the fall season, my daughter and I were very luck to be able to sit by ourselves and had lots of leg room 😊.

Spotting the front of the train through the window

Here are a couple of photos that I took from the train. I'm not sure why, but the photos are so much more vibrant on my phone. It seems that as soon as I send them elsewhere, they loose their vibrancy. 😒

The view from the train

I love the shadows cast by the train


That's me - proof that I was there enjoying myself 

When we got to Agawa Canyon, we had an hour and a half to walk around. The day was sunny with some clouds. It was perfect!

Jeannine managed to take this picture without including all of the tourists!

My favourite photo framed by the red maple leaves

I love this one of Bridal Veil Falls in the background


Swaying pine trees, like in the Group of 7 paintings

A little bit of red to liven up the falls

I think that I love rocky streams as much as water falls!

Water cascading behind the foliage

Fall stream

Here are some of Jeannine's lovely photos.

Sun peaking out of the clouds

What an amazing reflection

One of the locomotives that pull the train

Translating this into textile

I took some fabric scraps with me but didn't do much on the trip except take photos and sketched out some ideas for a meditation stitching project. There isn't much to see at this time, but here are some fabrics and one of my journals that I used to sketch in and write ideas.

Fabric stitched together for the base. The fun starts after that! 😊

Some very rough sketches and words to remember

Book with a woven binding - now a sketch book!


What I learned
  • As I mentioned, I realised how much more vibrant my pictures are on my phone. I've tried all kinds of things but without success. 
  • I've looked at programs but although they say that they are free, they are not. If I'm going to invest, I guess that I'll have to do some research.
  • The train trip was wonderful. I'm very glad that I did it, although I have to admit that I thought that it would follow Lake Superior for a while - but it didn't. The train goes much more into the interior of that area. I guess I'll just have to go back!
  • I didn't bring my stitching on the train - it was too full, but I did make a few sketches. I started a meditation stitching project that will be partly based on my photos and sketches.

Related links

Linking parties

I'll be linking up to many linking parties such as: Slow Sunday Stitching, My Corner of the World, My Sunday Snapshot, My Sunday BestOff The Wall FridayPatchwork & QuiltsPeacock Party,


19 comments:

  1. That train trip is on my bucket list too. Lovely views! Great pictures and lots of inspiration for a creative project afterwards. Perfect. Gail at the cozy quilter.

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  2. Thanks for the beautiful pictures! I grew up in Michigan's UP, and miss the vibrant fall colors. Ruth in VA

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    1. Thanks Ruth, I'm glad that you enjoyed the fall colours. I can't imagine living where there aren't 4 seasons (although a week of winter would be enough for me :-) )

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  3. What gorgeous photos. Most of the "blog programs" reduce photos so not to take up space... I am sure there is a way to retain it, but it may be when you put it in. To keep the integrity you might want to link to an outside storage for the slideshow....like embed a you tube video. Just a thought and I may be totally wrong...

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    1. Thanks Kathleen, I played around with the lighting. It turns out that Windows can fix those pictures. I was also told that it depends on your light settings on your phone and computer. I did play with that and the pictures are a little better. Technology....

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  4. I love train trips and this one looks wonderful, such gorgeous scenery.

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    1. Thanks Jenny, aren't train rides the best? This one really was gorgeous.

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  5. What a beautiful trip!! those colors are amazing!!!

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    1. Thanks Alycia. Fall is such a colourful season - and it seems to be lingering here....love it!

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  6. Gorgeous scenery and photos... it's hard to believe we get to enjoy such amazing views!

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    1. Thanks Kathy. Every place has its views but I sure love these amazing fall colours!

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  7. So beautiful! I am so glad you were able to take the trip and have a wonderful time.

    -Soma

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    1. Thanks so much Soma. I'm really glad that we made the trip. It was well worth it.

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  8. Such stunning shots taken on the train - they are indeed vibrant! Thanks so much for sharing and for linking up with #MySundaySnapshot.

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    1. Hi Rachel, thanks for the link up. I will try to participate when I have something cool, other than quilting, to share! Take care.

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  9. How lovely the Autumn colours are! Thank you for taking part in the "My Sunday Best" meme.

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    1. Thanks for the linking party. I love seeing places around the world. I will link up when I have have something other than quilting to share :-)

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  10. Magnifique voyage, et trÚs belle interprétation textile. Tu as l'air heureuse !

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    1. Merci beaucoup Frédérique. Ce fut un vraiment bon voyage que j'ai pu partagé avec ma fille. C'est bien spéciale :-)

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