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Travelogue VIA Rail Canada
Aug 31 2011 (09:02)
News Entry# 36293 The Romance of the Rails - Exploring Western Canada With VIA Rail
Posted by: rdb*^ Added by: rdb*^ Aug 31 2011 (09:05)
Travel writer and novelist Paul Theroux once said that it was one thing to be happy, but to be aware of the happiness at that very minute is a unique experience. On March 20 I was happy. I had just awakened in my own personal sleeping car on a VIA Rail Canada train journey from Vancouver, BC enroute to Jasper, Alberta, after having been gently rocked to sleep by the sound of the wheels on the tracks. I opened the shades and before me was my own private viewing of the pristine beauty of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. As I pulled my comforter to my chin, I basked in a winter wonderland of snow clad mountains, frozen lakes, little farmhouses and elk feeding on grass. At that moment there was no place in the world that I'd rather be. I could have stayed in bed forever. If it were not for...