Today my armchair isn’t a beige leather seat rather it’s my silverleaf seat aboard the Rocky Mountaineer. I would probably have just finished lunch. I would have drooled and savoured every mouthful of the hot, gourmet breakfast and lunches and gourmet snacks and sipped the complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
Yesterday, leaving from Banff, I would have marveled at the spectacular scenery across ranchlands, along rocky lakeshores, over high mountain passes and through the remarkable tunnels that form part of the rich rail history of the Canadian Rockies. My camera would hold a photo of Craigellachie, where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven, the climb over Rogers Pass, Kicking Horse Canyon, the Spiral Tunnels and the glaciers and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies. I would have been that annoying passenger expressing my amazement verbally.
Today I would be leaving Kamloops experiencing the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon and the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River. Leaving the desert-like environment of the BC Interior I’d be heading to the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley, through forests and winding river canyons surrounded by the peaks of the Coast and Cascade Mountains. The night would see us arrive in Vancouver.
Instead I had a picnic lunch in my beachside locality yesterday and today I have a good book to finish ( and some housework 🤦♀️).
I also will look at the voucher I have and contemplate when I might do this trip at a later date.
It won’t happen overnight but it will happen. 😊
In my mind I can see those majestic mountains.
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