A young life filled with jour­neys

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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.

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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.

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