Hit the road, Jack

Trip Start Sep 08, 2009
Trip End Jun 07, 2010

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Flag of Canada  , Alberta,
Wednesday, March 3, 2010

We hit the road with a vengeance on Tuesday. At 7:30am, we all trooped outside to our rental vans and said our goodbyes. For the next 7 days, we were breaking into two teams again, both going to Saskatchewan, with one team heading for Saskatoon, the other for Moose Jaw. The 18 hour drive would take two days, there and back, leaving us with 3 days at our destination. Seemed a little bit crazy to the Europeans who can drive through 10 different countries in that time, but apparently 'that's what Canadians do'. The great American road trip. 

From what I can remember, the journey was pretty uneventful. Long and arduous, but getting easier the more I do it. We stopped to stretch our legs every few hours and I used my new-found yoga stretches to crack and pop every bone in my body. We ate an abundance of monster cookies and enjoyed the still-spectacular drive through the rockies. We had, of course, taken a similar route last October for the GO Conference at Gull Lake, but this journey was finished with a drive through Banff National Park, and ended in Banff itself. The scenery was just amazing- towering mountains surrounding you on all sides, while the lakes are crystal blue mirrors reflecting the snow-capped peaks. 

We arrived in Banff about 6pm (having driven through the time line) and found our chalet. Yes, we were staying in a lovely chalet/cabin in Upper Banff- complete with 3 double beds, a log fire, and a hot tub, sauna and steam room right across the road. YWAM Oasis houses all it's DTS students- who had just arrived 2 days ago- in the cabins, so were able to give us the 'YWAM rate'. They also welcomed us to join them for dinner- Korean style. The DTS is Korean- so taught in both English and Korean, and with over half of the 35 or so students coming from Korea. I think it was probably the first time I'd had Korean food, and it was delicious! Kimchi was perhaps a little hot for me (hot pickled vegetables) but they were delighted to have us there, and I had a really good chat with one of the students over dinner. He told me how he was struggling with hearing from God, and didn't really feel like his heart was in the right place- or same place as other students- as he started the DTS. So I was able to encourage him, tell him to persevere, and let him know that I think of all of us felt the same way when we started too. 

As we sang worship songs after dinner in both Korean and English, I reflected on this amazing family that we have around the world through knowing God. Like a mutual friend, He connects people whose paths may never have otherwise have crossed, and puts you in situations you never expected to find yourself. Who knew I would be eating Korean food in Banff with fellow DTS students who had flown in from Korea just a few days ago?

We returned to our cabin after dinner, and took a much needed soak in the jacuzzi, easing away the stresses and strains of travelling, and walked back to our cabin under the star-studded sky for a good night's sleep.
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