The Great Manca Train Trip West

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The Ottawa Mancas embarked on a great journey on the old Canadian National railway to return to the West coast.

Click each photo to read our journal across this amazing trip

A long-term decision, we knew we would move back West at some point but didn't quite know the trigger. 2011 has been a very complicated year full of ups and downs with new endeavors, finding our personal limits and awakening to what our heart desires.

I think sometimes life is filled with cross roads of opportunity. I know that moving West is an opportunity for our family to be more balanced, live simple and also be near family. Ottawa made sense when we moved there because of Mark's long-term career with Adobe. When Mark left Adobe, and coincidentally, I went back to work after maternity leave with Milo, it took us a few months to realize that it might be time to consider moving back, especially before Milo enters school.

We planned a family vacation in April to test out if this was the time to move back, not necessarily to test out Vancouver. We really liked what we saw, how we felt, how the air smelled, and the outstanding visuals of mountains when you are just walking to the grocery store. It gave us a lot to think about. A few more months later, we put our house on the market, sold it in 5 weeks and moved.

We never really considered flying or driving West. The train was the perfect way to mentally transition and settle into our decision. We had time to think, dream and enjoy the beautiful countryside in some of the most amazing places we didn't even know existed!

Total miles traveled: 4,352 km (2,704 miles)
Days: 5
Night: 4

We have a lot of great experiences, amazing friends and life-long individuals that have forever changed us from Ottawa. Mark and I have no regrets for our 7+ years living on Frank Street downtown - in walking distance to the canal and Parliament. 80 Frank, well most of you know that story. But at the end of the day, even 80 Frank is just a building. People, friends and family are more important in addition to listening to your inner voice telling you it's time to make a change.

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