Oh my...what a building of excitement! The train trip through the rockies has been on my wish list for many years. I have spent hours looking at brochures depicting amazing views of the mountains and the clear dome cars you ride in to look at the non-stop scenery.
So often your expectations are much higher than the real thing...but this time it is the reverse!!! Our experience on the train has far exceeded any expectations built up over the years.
Train awaiting our arrival.
Inside the Goldleaf seating car.
A toast to the trip...juice...it is only 8am!
What made it even better was the fact that we have been travelling with the same group of Aussies for 11 days now and we are all having a wonderful time together. Some great characters indeed...lots of belly laughs all around...surrounded by the magnificent rocky mountain range.
We are eager to see sightings of bears but they are proving to be elusive at this time of the year...but there is always tomorrow.
I have had fleeting thoughts today of those left back at school, preparing for the dreaded NAPLAN testing the government insists upon...but then I find myself smiling quietly as I look out on the scenery....
As I look out the window of the train, the mountains are getting smaller as we travel further down towards the west coast. We are still following the rivers all the way and finding waterfalls and small, isolated rail towns along the way. The scenery changes every hour from mountains to plains, from logging mills to farming...magic. The darker side is the massive remnants of a huge forest fire...started accidentally by a fire fighter and a cigarette butt not extinguished fully. It wiped out a massive area including homes and businesses.
Blue Lake...a railway town
Little Hell's Gate
Low cloud cover on our way down from Jasper
Devastated areas from forest fires
We have had to pull off to the sidings as we let the much longer freight trains pass by.
Tonight we stop in Kamloops for the night and then tomorrow the train doubles in length as we join up with the other train coming down from Calgary and Banff.
The mounted patrol welcomed us to Kamloops...are they the cousins of the Royal Canadian Mounties??
Tomorrow we get another day of luxury treatment, with great food, wonderful wine and fantastic company.