Day 2 on the Rocky Mountaineer. The Coach is due to pick us up at 7:20 and the train leaves at 8:00
Kamloops is a strange town, all concrete and not very salubrious. But the bed was comfy and we had a good night’s sleep. Got on the coach at 7:20 and now on the train again waiting for the off. Still haven’t eaten anything since we left the train yesterday evening.
All our Rocky Mountaineer souvenirs were on our seat and we will be keeping them all. Set off at 7:50. 9:15 and breakfast is over and we are back in our seats. Saw bald eagles while eating and an osprey. One of the group said she saw a bear but we didn’t. D had the Mountaineer’s omelette (see yesterday) and J had buttermilk pancakes with maple syrup and fruit compote – more like big crumpets than pancakes. Now watching the stunning scenery and hoping to see some wildlife.
Eagle in Tree
Eagle taking off
Very different but still stunning scenery today. Much fewer trees and more like a desert. The train went alongside Kamloops Lake then along the Thompson River and up to the Thompson Canyon.
Not going to repeat yesterday’s diary, meals followed much the same timetable but we are first sitting. Have seen several ospreys and bald eagles and even a baby bear scrambling up the hillside. J missed it as she was in the toilet but heard the shout “baby bear” – no photo as it was all over in flash. Stunning scenery, saw the confluence of the Thomson and Fraser rivers, where the two rivers meet and are completely different colours. (See D’s photo).
Confluence of the Thomson and Fraser rivers
Crossed the Cisco Crossing where the Canadian Pacific Railway and the Canadian National Railway cross over each other (see D’s photos).
G&T before lunch, red wine with lunch – J salad and chicken, D salad and beef, delicious chocolate brownies for dessert. Scotch and Baileys in our seats watching Canada go by… … lucky us, couldn’t be better.
15:30 coming to the end of our two days on the Rocky Mountaineer. Has been the perfect luxury scenic tour and I don’t think it could be improved.
Final drink of cranberry juice before we “detrain”. Lots of goodbyes and handshakes from our “hosts” before we left the train in Vancouver – we were even waved into the Vancouver station by the ground staff and the flags were out again. A truly memorable train journey, done in in style with amazing service and stunning scenery.
Waved in by RM staff
As we were early, we had to wait for the coach to take us to the Downtown Best Western where we will stay for 2 nights before joining our cruise ship on Wednesday morning. Tomorrow we have an all day excursion to Vancouver Island and will be picked up at 7:20.