Rails Trails and Other Tales

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Xlibris Corporation, Jun 30, 2012 - Fiction - 316 pages
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Rails Trails and Other Tales weaves the reader through the romance and adventure of hopping freight trains and being out in the wilderness. Along with others, there are stories of dogs, ducks and commentaries on the misunderstood mule. Stories lived and stories handed down, kept alive with the telling and given longevity with the pen. Adventure and experiences through which the reader can get an idea of how life in the open and on the move can get into ones psyche to the point that wondering becomes solace to a wayward spirit. Some experiences in life we pursue and acquire, others just come along and happen to us when we put ourselves in their paths. Either way experiences and adventures are elements in life that give substance to our memories. We may not be able to experience all we wish, but we can, visit some experiences lived by others. You, reader may not be able to wander in the first person but here you can sit back and do some arm-chair wandering and have a look at some other tid-bits of life. Also you may get a little look into what can happen sometimes when one just casts his way into the winds of chance. Meynardie
 

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Contents

Introduction
9
The Runaway and the Billiard Den
13
First Ride on the Rails
21
A HeyHey in a Young Mans Day
26
BC Canada
31
British Columbia Revisited
42
The Bird The Bear
56
On a Train    Going   Where I Do Not Want to Go
61
Seattle Yards
156
A ColdCold Winter Ride
163
Wind Playing Tunes
167
Zen and Riding in a Box Car
169
An Enchanting Moment
170
A Remembrance
176
What a Dog
178
Railroad Loneliness
183

Highlights from Seven Weeks on the Western Side of the Bitterroot Divide Rocky Mountains Idaho
66
Dark Night with a Mad Moose
71
BearnBerries
79
Moose Creek Ranger Station
81
Rolling in Box Cars from Missoula Montana to Northern California and on Down to San Antonio Texas
84
Now for the Story
90
Rolling Steel Songs
113
Remembrances
127
Riding The Units
136
A Reminder
139
Micol Marmots
141
Misery Ride
144
A Failed Fateful Moment
149
EnterLewd
151
My Fire My Friend
187
Mister Black and an Outlaw Mule
191
On Mules
204
Old Hank and His Four Letter Mule
210
Adolph and His Pelican
213
Ospreys and Blue Balls
221
Ellie
228
The Old Family and Meg
244
New Zealand
251
Oscar the Duck
262
A Saskatchewan Bush Indian
267
Amtrak and New York City
272
The Last Wander
292
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