By Cacinda Maloney
7 Things You will NOT see on your trip across the Canadian Rockies with Rocky Mountaineer!
- Suburbs, nope, not a single one of them, those mini cities attached to the giant one. I looked and looked, but there wasn’t one in sight. Slowly over time after leaving the train station, you will leave those far behind.
Now the landscape is only dotted with farmhouses, until those too disappear.
For miles and miles all I saw were mountains, hills, rivers, lakes, trees, bushes, grass and waterfalls.
And maybe a few train bridges:
- The Sassquash was no where in sight either.
At one point, at this spot where million of chinook and sockeye salmon stream into the Fraser River every year, I thought for sure we might spot him there, but alas, nothing. Once, we heard loud rumblings and then gasps of something from the other passengers, but then later heard it only turned out to be a group of big horn sheep grazing on the plains.
- Another thing you will not see on your trip across the Canadian Rockies is sad, unhappy people on the train. Nope, you can look all around, but they are no where to be found! These people are on vacation and they are quite lively on this trip across Canada, as the atmosphere is jolly and bright. The hosts of Rocky Mountaineer will make sure of that.
Fellow travel writer/blogger Angie Orth of Angie Away looks so happy!
- A cactus, nope, I looked for those too, but alas I saw nothing. I saw juniper, firs, redwoods, cedars, pines and sequoia. But not a cactus in site.Just TreesJust More Trees!
- A photograph taken from inside the glass-domed train compartment without a reflection on it. Can you say glass-domed compartment? Well, you know what that means: reflection. With no effort you will see some of the most stunning scenery in the world, and you may try with all your might, but ultimately, you will get glass glare from the inside of the domed pod. To stop the glare, step outside on the vestibule and take all the non-glare photos you want!
- An empty glass. I even tried once to keep them from refilling it, but that is just the type of hospitality that they have at the Rocky Mountaineer. In the GoldLeaf service, every drink is included and we even enjoyed Baily’s Irish Crème as early as 11 am!
- And the same thing goes for the food, as you will not see a hungry person anywhere. I don’t think I saw even one of these the entire trip. From scones with coffee (or a Coke) to juicy veggies with salmon,
fantastic cheeseburgers, to all the other amazing things on the menu, we were eating like crazy: It went something like this: breakfast, snack, brunch, lunch, snack and then eat again! I loved their motto on the menu: Eat Well, Travel Often!
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Disclosure: My time spent on the Rocky Mountaineer was courtesy of them, but the great time I had crossing the Canadian Rockies was all my own!