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Jun 15, 2022
xnine : On our way to Vancouver to get on the Rocky Mountaineer train to Calgary. Five days of get away fun. All packed and ready to go.
Jun 15, 2022
HenryM : Have a great time!
Jun 15, 2022
Mayoman : Fantastic !! Go have some fun !!?????
Jun 15, 2022
Axl : I have friends from Oz holidaying in vancouver right now, don't know where they're headed though ..
Jun 15, 2022
SallyK : Have fun!
Jun 15, 2022
darrenc26 : Have a good time! Sounds great.
Jun 15, 2022
Angelicamarie : Hey X, enjoy and be safe!
Jun 15, 2022
ron in mich : Hi X have fun and enjoy the sites.
Jun 15, 2022
Caz67 : Enjoy the time xx
Jun 15, 2022
SallyK : I want a full report on the Rocky Mountaineer train when you get back.
Jun 15, 2022
delgrl525 : That should be a fantastic trip! Have a great time, and tell us all about it when you get back. Have you been to Vancouver before? I hope you are taking some time here to see some sights. I'm a bit partial, of course, but it is a beautiful city. I've driven from Vancouver to Calgary before and the trip through the Rockies is stunning. I'm sure it will be just as impressive by train, probably better. Enjoy!

Jun 15, 2022
lovely : Have fun and stay safe
Jun 19, 2022
Casper9 : I love travelling by train! Have a great time!
Jun 22, 2022
xnine : Rocky Mountaineer
June 15
Our son Will picked us up just before 10:00 for the drive to the airport. We had lots of time. Our flight was at 1:30. Did self-check-in dropped off our bag and went to security. Only about 20 people in front of us. Asked if I needed to take my suspenders off. First person said no. Went through the screen and it beeped. So she asks the guy over to check me out. Would not let me go through again without suspenders. Wands me and pokes around, did not find or ask about my bag. Then up against the wall to check my feet. I lift one then the other and ask him if I stepped in any dog shit. He says no and we both have a little laugh. On to our gate. Went into section A, we were supposed to go to section C. So after a long walk and raising a little sweat we found our way. After little sit down, we looked for food. Had a spicy sausage dog and Wendy had a chicken burger. Ok for airport food. Wait a little while and our plane was ready to board. Mostly full, all wearing masks on the plane and in the airport. I had let some gas out earlier but now was time to change. Went to the WC and I mean C it was like a closet. My Coloplast clip came in handy. During the change I noticed that the bottom of my flange was lifting. I had to take action. Did not want a leak on the plane. Back to my seat for a Brava strip. Back to the WC got the strip on for safety. Must have been the sweat from the extra walking that did it. Vancouver airport was a breeze. Got on the Sky train to DT and hotel. Did not have good map to hotel and went a few blocks the wrong direction. A little tired and wary we found our way. At the desk they could not find our reservation. The hotel has two towers so north tower sent us to south tower to see the manager. We had all paper work but the reservation number. In the end he found it and gave us a nice king room. Got settled in, now time to eat, still a little full from lunch. Too tired to look anywhere else, went to the hotel bar for drinks and appys. Back to the room to sleep.
June 16
Slept pretty good only got up once in the night. Up early organized stuff and showered to start the day. Lunch with a friend at the hotel. Change bag and a little exploring of Grandville Island in the rain. Couple of drinks and the little ferry back to DT and hotel. All up hill. Next to register for our train ride tomorrow. We have to be ready before 6:00 AM.
Went to a Greek place for supper. They serve trucker size meals. It was good but not like our favorite in Calgary. Back to our room for an early start.
June 17
Ok, get up, shower and get ready. Get on the bus to the train and away we go. Took over an hour to get away from Vancouver. Past farms, trees, forest, rivers, rocks and animals. Saw deer, osprey, picas and bald eagles. The train was stop and go as we had to yield to freight trains. Had a two course breakfast, fruit salad and waffle or yogurt parfait, then drinks, a two course lunch, salad and salmon or chicken. Afternoon snack of chocolate covered nuts or granola, and more drinks. Very full. Had to use the WC. I put my jacket on the hook and sat down. The movement of the train and my jacket waving in front of the flush sensor kept setting it off.
Arrived in Kamloops and transfer to hotel. Had appies and drinks at the brew pub next door. It was the best bruschetta, they used a balsamic vinegar reduction, so delicious. Again need to get up before 6:00 AM.
June 18
On the road again or tracks. The train split with a number going to Jasper, and the rest of us to Banff. There was still about 700 passengers. More forest, rocks, rivers, snow-capped mountains and the spiral tunnels. Saw elk, bear, chipmunk, and big horn sheep. More to eat and drink. I skipped the salad and afternoon snack. Bus to hotel and Italian supper. Did not have a time for pick-up to Calgary.
June 19
Asked about bus pick up time at the front desk again. They said 10:15 but no. Next bus no also. We got the number of the bus company and called, we were supposed to be picked up @ 2pm but they said they would try to get us on the 12:00 one. We sat outside all morning instead of enjoying Banff (if we had only known the correct pickup time). Finally Calgary bound. Our daughter picked us up and finally home. I gained 5 lbs, and no signs of Covid.

Jun 22, 2022
SallyK : A good time was had by all!
Jun 22, 2022
lovely : Glad you are home and had a good time.