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The Rocky Mounteer train, its staff, and tourist travelers all stopped overnight at Kamloops, then continued on another day's journey. Day Two of the train trip took us out of prairie farmland and into the mountains.
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The day began with rain, making photography difficult, with automatic focus targeting raindrops on train windows.
Gradually the clouds began to lift, flirting with higher parts of a rolling landscape.
The train rose in elevation through the day.
The train still stopped in places along the route to allow freight trains to pass us, allowing us to enjoy plant life of the forested areas where we paused.
Weather warmed and clouds lifted.
By mid-afternoon mountains came into view and valleys at the track sides deepened. We were obviously climbing in in altitude, although the track still followed riverbeds.
Our trip was smooth.
Max, whose dad had worked for the Santa Fe Railroad in Kansas, had ridden many trains and was amazed at the smoothness of modern tracks and the lack of side-to-side sway in our car while in motion.
One interesting feature of our trip is that we were followed by a red helicopter much of the day. A film crew was aboard the 'copter, and it swooped close to the train and our car, near the engine, various times throughout the day.
We learned that a dome-car, added near the back end of the train, was being used as location to shoot a video episode of "The Bachelorette," a "reality" television series. Filming of the episode was occurring inside the car and the crew in the helicopter was filming additional footage of the train and terrain.
We enjoyed wonderful views of the highest mountain of the Canadian Rockies, Mt. Logan and saw the peak over a long period of travel time, and from about 180-degrees, as we passed.
Later we learned that it is very unusual to have weather cooperate by showing the top of the peak. Our view was spectacular. Fall color was glorious. The trip was lovely.
Everyone on our car was impressed with our hostess, Pandora. She kept us well-fed, informed and entertained.
At one point she invited Max to center aisle, where he entertained travelers with a made-up-on-the-spot story about an entrepreneur who decided to make his fortune dealing in moose antlers, only to discover than moose antlers were plentiful and no one seemed to want to pay him for more moose antlers.
Max also told a story of a gentleman with a very smart dog.
In late afternoon our train arrived in Jasper, Alberta, where we disembarked, thanking Pandora for her help in a delightful journey.
At the depot we met Jesse, our tour guide and driver, and transferred to his bus for transportation to the Lopstick Lodge, our overnight lodging.
Lacinda Heller, our KVSB group leader, sprang into action at the depot, herding us together for a group photo by the Rock Mountaineer and passing out room keys.
We had Wednesday evening to ourselves.