Tuesday

[travel] Vancouver to Kamloops

On Tuesday we boarded the Rocky Mountaineer for the first day of travel. It was an extra-special journey called the Train of Heroes with a special welcome ceremony for organ donors and recipients. The train was longer than normal- two engines and more than 20 cars. The train was going to split into two shorter lengths at Kamloops overnight, with half the group going up to Jasper and the other half (our half) going on to Banff the next day.

Our car was awesome- so spacious and since the car wasn't full, my mom, sister and I were able to have a whole row each. We had three hosts in our car that kept us fed, watered and informed on each area we went through.

Leaving Vancouver, the Frasier Valley was very fertile and great for agriculture:

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So, all those white UFOs in some of my pictures are a reflection of the overhead lights inside the train car. There was no way to really avoid them when taking pictures inside the car. There was an opening between the cars when you could go for better pictures.

Heading east-north-east through the Cascade Range:

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A view of the inside of our car:

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As we approached Kamloops, the terrain started to get a bit drier. We would often see other freight trains on the other side of rivers or we'd have to pull over and wait for other trains that used the same tracks as us to pass by. It's kind of scary to think of two trains on the same track, heading straight for one another (especially if you're riding inside one of those trains) but scheduling/timing seemed to work out well. I think the longest we had to wait, completely stopped, was 30 - 40 minutes.

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Looking back on our looooooong train:

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We arrived at Kamloops Lake as the sun was starting to set:

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It was a long day on the train but enjoyable and the time passed quickly. 

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