Trans-Canada Rail Trek

    Day 1

    Day 1 - October 7, 2007 – Sunday – Denver, CO to Vancouver, BC, Canada

    It was cool and crisp in Monument when we left the house at 7:45 am. We stopped at Castle Rock for gas and then had open highways all the way to DIA!

    This was the...

    Day 2

    Day 2 - October 8, 2007 – Monday – Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

    We woke up at 6:00 and went down to our buffet breakfast at the hotel at 7:00. Rosalie gave us an information-orientation briefing at 8:00 and by 8:45 we had just enough time to go back up...

    Day 3

    Day 3 - October 9, 2007 – Tuesday – Hell’s Gate & Kamloops

    Our alarm went off at 5 AM and our luggage had to be out at 5:30. We met our group in the lobby at 6:15 to go to the train station and saw Rosalie checking the luggage....

    Day 4

    Day 4 - October 10, 2007 – Wednesday – Kamloops, BC to Banff, Alberta

    It was so dark in Kamloops when we woke up at 5:40 am! By 6:30 we had met our fellow travelers at the lobby and we were on our way to the train station.

    The logistics...

    Day 5

    Day 5 - October 11, 2007 – Thursday – Banff, Alberta

    As we had breakfast this morning we watched the sun come up and illuminate the rugged peaks of the Canadian Rockies. After breakfast we met our driver and guide Mike with Gray Line who gave us a bus tour...

    Day 6

    Day 6 - October 12, 2007 – Friday – Banff, Alberta to Jasper, Alberta

    The sky was a bit cloudy so the sunrise was not quite as spectacular this morning. However, as we left the hotel at 9:00 the skies cleared and the snow white peaks glistened in the morning...

    Day 7

    Day 7 - October 13, 2007 – Saturday – Jasper, Alberta board The Canadian

    We woke up to very cold day with a heavy frost – at first we thought it was snow!

    Because we have a tiny space on the sleeper cars on our train for the next few...

    Day 8

    Day 8 - October 14, 2007 – Sunday – On Board The Canadian

    After a clickity-clack night crossing the western Canadian plains we woke up before the sun. We had a restful night sleep and in spite of our small quarters, the beds were relatively comfortable.

    We were the first...

    Day 9

    Day 9 - October 15, 2007 – Monday – On board The Canadian to Toronto, Ontario

    With the time change to Eastern Daylight Time during the night and the dark morning we slept in a little later today. We took our time showering and getting ready for the day. We...

    Day 10

    Day 10 - October 16, 2007 – Tuesday – Toronto, Ontario

    We woke up to pink skies as the sun was coming up between the skyscrapers of Toronto. We had a nice buffet breakfast in the hotel and then came back to our room to catch up on a few...

    Day 11

    Day 11 - October 17, 2007 - Wednesday - Flight to Denver and Home

    Our wake up call came at 5:20 and we quickly took our showers and finished packing the few items remaining. Most things we had organized and packed last night after our Farewell Dinner.

    We took our...

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Day 2: Goat Cave Karst Nature Preserve


The Preserve was set aside to buffer some of the ecologically sensitive karsts in the area from encroaching neighborhoods. Karsts are caves that feed directly into the Edwards Aquifer below ground.

Because the three caves can be dangerous to hikers and nonprofessional spelunkers, they are...

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