A young life filled with journeys
EDITOR’S NOTE: Jenna Parsons of Victoria recently returned from a trip to Chile. A Chief Warrant Officer with 2615 Victoria Lions Army Cadets, Parsons has travelled a lot in her young life.
Rather than do up a typical story about her most recent adventure, we thought it might be neat to have the Carbonear Collegiate student share some. She offers some thoughts about her experiences in the captions that accompany each picture.
Mirador Las Torres in the Torres Del Paine National Park was the most breathtaking place that I have visited. I had the unique opportunity of travelling to Chile with 18 cadets across Canada. This was such a humbling experience as there were 5,000 applicants. We spent 6 days hiking “the W” in the Torres Del Paine National Park. This was the highlight of the hiking portion. The hike to this peak was definitely the most challenging of the hike portion but the view made every step worthwhile.
This picture was taken in Ottawa at the National War Memorial. I was a participant at Encounters with Canada’s Canada Remembers Week. I was one of two army cadets chosen to represent our province. It was a phenomenal week of learning and commemoration to the fallen. We also had the unique opportunity to share a meal with veterans, one of whom I still keep in contact with today; it was the highlight of my trip.
Jenna Parsons is a Chief Warrant Officer with 2615 Victoria Lions Army Cadets.
Here I am pictured trekking during the 2015 Regional Sub Zero expedition that was held in Goose Bay, Labrador. We spent a week training in the cold conditions. We hiked up Dome Mountain while pulling sleds as a team of four. It was certainly a character-building experience. The mornings were tough, your laces would be frozen to your boots, and it would be very difficult to take down our all season tents. The expedition was incredible. The highlight being a view of the Northern Lights.
This is a picture of our first moments hiking in the Torres Del Paine National Park in Chile at Porteria Sarmiento. I remember the rush of pure excitement that was felt by all and the look of astonishment on everyone’s face. It was really cool to walk by the lamas, I remember that was quite the conversation when our two teams met up at our campsite that night.
Following our hiking portion, we then completed a day of horseback riding. This was a really great day to learn about horses and to see the cultural differences in the way that ranches are ran in South America versus North America. It was quite a funny thing to hear 18 cadets who spoke either English or French to try and pronounce the Spanish names of our horses.