Two days to go....
If this trip was a musical, this would be the part where the orchestra plays the overture, weaving the musical themes together that outlines the story, while the crowd settles down and finds their seats.
Unfortunately I can't write music and I don't know what exactly to expect on this trip. I am sure there will be highs and lows, missed connections, beautiful scenery, dancing and music, good food and perhaps some indigestion too... but at this point this story has yet to be written.
I hope to share the story as it develops in this blog and welcome you to join us on our adventure.
Regarding the image above, a few hints of what we have in our archive. The passport belonged to Robyn's dad who came to California to join his father when he was nineteen years old. A few other images are of Robyn's Grandfather Bill Rigg who was born in Kilsyth and worked as a coal miner and served in the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders during World War 1. We have a number of original birth certificates that gave regions and professions for Robyn's family. On her Dad's side they lived just outside of Glasgow and the jobs were industrial, like Sewing Machine Factory Worker or Power Loom Weaver. On her Mom's side they lived closer to Stirling Castle in coal mining towns like Kilsyth and Twechar. It is unlikely that the two sides of the family knew each other in Scotland, more likely they met up as immigrants in Canada and the United States with a common history to share.
Two days to go.....hold onto your hats..... it only gets more interesting from here!