6a — Writing a Travel Blog

Using All Five Senses to Describe God’s World —

Write a travel blog with photos that include all of your five senses: sight, touch, smell, taste, and hearing. End it with a prayer of thanks to God for giving you the ability to experience his world in such an amazing, complete way.

Here is a sample travel blog from my trip to West Virginia. (Remember: Your trip does not need to be far away to be interesting. In fact, it can be right in your own neighborhood.)


West Virginia — Almost Heaven


The country roads and forests in the mountains of West Virginia are amazing! I had heard of them described as “almost heaven” in John Denver’s famous song, “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” but had never seen them for myself — until a few years ago.


And then I not only got to see them, but I got to experience them up close as a passenger on four different trains — each winding its way through the spectacular back woods of this beautiful state.


I learned a lot about steam engines and West Virginia. Things I had only heard or read about before, I was able to experience with my own senses.


I heard the blast of the train whistle as we approached road crossings.


I tasted the gritty soot from the smoke stack as it fell on my face, in my hair, and on my clothing.


I felt the intense heat of the coal fire as I visited with the engineer and marveled at the precise timing of the brakemen as they checked the wheels under the train.


I smelled the freshness of the mountain air as we stopped to walk across green meadows.


I saw the clouds resting on top of mountains as we came close enough to reach out and touch them.


In so many ways, our trip was “almost heaven” — reminding me that one day I will actually get to experience the hidden wonders of the real heaven with all of my senses.


My Prayer

Thank you, Father, that you give us little glimpses of what it will be like to be in heaven with you. I can hardly wait for the day when I will be able to see you face to face — and feel, and hear, and taste, and smell all that surrounds you. Amen.