Today's Youth Perspective ~ Cailin McCool
This morning we all met at Rachel's and caught a bus to Keighley. We went through the train station that transported us back to the 1920's. We boarded a steam train who's engine was built in 1920 and took a 25 minute ride up the valley to Howarth. Walking up the hill from the station we arrived at the small village. With cobblestone streets, it felt like we were time traveling. After about an hour of exploring the shops along the main street, we walked 10 minutes out into the countryside and had lunch in one of the many fields. The day was beautiful and the views were too. In the village we toured the Parsonage, which was home to the Bronte Sisters and the parish church where most of the family rest. This is also the link parish to Christ Church, Blacksburg. Once we finished we walked to the station and caught the 3:00pm train back to Keighley, and a bus back to Shipley, where we had "afternoon tea" consisting of tea, coffee, or milk shakes and scones with cream and jam.Then after a time of rest and a delicious 'british-mex' dinner prepared by Rachel, we drove out to the Whyches Camp. They were hosting a group of Girl Guides from Ireland who had been stranded in Yorkshire after their jamboree was cancelled due to rain in the area. We all gathered around a bonfire and sang camp songs until the fire was down enough to have s'mores the British style, with digestives (a cracker with chocolate on one side) and marshmallows. We all had a great time and made some new friends.