Riding a skunk to glory…

“DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME”—WITH A REGULAR SKUNK! THE POOR THING WILL GET SQUASHED AND YOU’LL BE SPATTERED—SMELLING WORSE THAN ANY TOURIST TRAIN EVER DID! 😀

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“All aboard for Rodgers, Summit, Crowley, Clare Mill, Burbeck, Shake City, Irmulco and Northspur.”

On a cold and rainy January morning, in Willits California, I boarded the Northspur Flyer, otherwise known as Skunk Train. Diesel locomotive #64 pulled out of the depot with 11 passengers, one engineer, one conductor and one hostess on board. The engine, a passenger car, an open-air observation car and the bar car set off gently rocking with several blasts of the train whistle.

In the days before roads and trucks could do the job, the 131-year old Skunk Train made it possible to move massive redwoods from the remote mountainous forest to lumber mills on the coast and inland. Today the train is classified as historic. Excursions vary from the 1-hour Pudding Creek Express, roundtrip from coastal Fort Bragg, to the magnificent 4.5-hour Northspur Flyer, roundtrip from inland Willits. The trains nickname, Skunk, came…

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About Jonathan Caswell

Poet, author, servant of God the Heavenly father and the Lord Jesus Christ...working out his salvation with fear and trembling. - Not trusting in his own deeds, but depending totally upon the finished sacrificial work of Jesus Christ to be, by God's reckoning, a new creature, clothed in Christ's righteousness...which mortal humankind can never attain by their own weak efforts, apart from faith in Christ's work on our behalf. - College-educated, yet wise enough to see that what a man does will not be his ultimate identity nor affect how God sees him or her. - Called by God to do a very difficult thing...apart from God's grace, mercy and strength...to love the sinner (which we all--by nature--are) but hate the sin, which is only paid through Christ, God's Son, - My own God-given gift is that of being a Poet..showing that in all parts of life...God has a loving part in it...as hard as that is to always understand or perceive...given life's realities! Come join me on my journey of discovery?.

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