SJC to SEA §
Rocky Mountaineer, Day 1 §
Rocky Mountaineer, Day 2 §
Mountain Goats §
Nova Scotia §
CN Tower §
Family Pics §
The goal of the trip was to experience Canada by train.
The timing of the trip was to do it while the folks were fit enough to travel.
Flying to Seattle
The weather was wonderful for flying. We had clear views of
Mt. St. Helens?, and
Pim & Megan.
Tim lives in Seattle. He introduced us to his friend,
twins ? rent a car.
We chartered a salmon fishing
boat and left
the pier at Everett.
equipment was rather elaborate.
There was also sonar depth and fish-finding hardware.
See the salmon! No? We didn't either; alas.
What are the
tall poles? No, there it is not a double decker
pier. The pier slides up and down on them.
Waiting for train to Vancouver.
Amtrak from Seattle to Vancouver was nice; when we got there, we were
fenced in (customs).
GrayLine took us to a historic park, the significance of which I forget.
Rick & Grandaddy.
Oh yeah, something about the
Capilano Suspension Bridge that we all
Political correctness says these are not totem poles, but
eagle had better luck salmon fishing!
Rocky Mountaineer, Day 1
(Vancouver to Kamloops)
turbulent green water,
Going around a bend, you could sometimes see the
front of the train or
car like ours (seating on top; dining below).
Dinner theater in Kamloops.
Rocky Mountaineer, Day 2
(Kamloops to Jasper, very much in the Rockies)
mountain rarely shows its peak, but we all
Avalanches knock down trees (not ski runs).
Arriving at Jasper.
Birdhouse at the lodge where we stayed.
From Jasper we took a side trip to the Athabasca Glacier.
The Rockies (and the weather) were spectacular.
ice field as seen from back side, looking up.
glacier has receded. The dirt near the bottom was covered not many years ago.
One can go out onto the glacier on specially made
(They have been doing it for a number of years; this
old one had no springs and no opening window--you roasted in the sun while rattling your teeth.)
Water trickles across the glacier with a bluish tint.
Mounds of dirt are pushed up by strange forces from below.
three specks? Those are other SnowCoaches on the glacier.
In the foreground (sort of) is the "tire wash" which is a deliberate ford for removing the dust from the tires before going onto the glacier.
Checking it out.
thistle near the lodge.
Tangle Falls (on the road back to Jasper).
Hot springs in mud.
Islands in river.
Glacial runoff is
green! (Leech Lake)
On the way back to Jasper, we encountered some mountain goats
beside the road.
Rest in shade.
Shedding winter coat.
Jasper we took
whose rolling stock is refurbished
stainless steel cars from the '50s.
Even a few
steam engine was merely on display.
(Details for train buffs.)
We had adjoining rooms and during the day they would open up the wall between them so we could
We were a little rusty, so sometimes it was a
to decide what to play.
Daddy usually got every trick possible.
The dining car was always had
We rapidly left the
mountains behind for
marshlands and prairies, sometimes even a
We took a bus tour to
Can one person play
Bridges over St. Lawrence river.
The city was teeming with tourists, partially because they were
There were two murals (more?) painted on building walls.
[larger] has many significant people from the past.
Another (not yet on display).
What does he see?.
Montmorency waterfall, outside Quebec City.
There are 32 connected miles of underground shopping and food courts. (Rivals the COEX in Seoul.)
Beware of the
MadVac with its sucker on the front!
Olympic Stadium, with it its novel
This hotel was nicknamed the
Saint Joseph's Basilica on top of Mont Royal.
View from it.
house had an interesting story; too bad I forget.
Cathedrale of Notre Dame in downtown Montreal
What's a good
caption for this hockey pose?
Bird near the
rapids on the St. Lawrence that
kept boat traffic from getting by for many centuries.
The rapids are now bypassed by the St. Lawrence Seaway.
Flowers & ducks.
Right off the train station ("gare") are many miles of
underground shops and food courts.
We had quite a bit of trouble getting to the train station because of the beginning of a
funeral for a VIP.
Along the docks.
On right is island with
Why is the water cascading like
this? Don't know, but
birds liked it.
Marina and skyline.
Would you rent one of
The St. Lawrence needed
locks, now frequented by
pleasure craft, to avoid the rapids
Getting around the wharf... by
A bit of
tall dogs. (Alas, I did not get a shot of the one for Sandy's dogs.)
Peggy's Cove had a rugged coast.
Memorial to crash of Swissair Flight 111 in 1998
"Warp Drive" chasing the red gumball.
don't know what's up ahead, how should we?
And all I had as a kid was a cowboy
The old magestic
Toronto train station.
The cafe at the Royal Oak had strange
guests. (The food was fine.)
Mary Anne and the Hockey players.
Birds in a mall (not live).
You build it,
I'll poke holes in it.
Now, to climb
The construction workers weren't sure
which way to build it.
long way up.
Long wait for the elevator --
Grand view (North) from 1000+ feet!
South (Lake Ontario).
Airport on an island -- No bridge to it!
Some other stadium (west).
Royal York used to be the tallest building in Toronto.
Grammy and Granddaddy rested in their room,
see them waving?
Train station and Hockey stadium.
Shortcut for getting down. Yes, that is my foot (on glass).
Near the falls is a
huge analog clock.
When going on the Maid of the Mist, plan to get
stroller got a raincoat.
Ready to get wet.
Ready to get wet.
American Falls with rocks that fell a few years ago.
Cave of the Winds walkway in lower right.
American Falls and
Over the top -- Canadian.
Canadian top, plus balloon.
Old ship & dam spillway.
Whirlpool in a bend downriver from the falls.
Ride over it.
Family Pics at Various Sites
Tim & Rick.
Rick and waterfall.
Rock 'n Rick.
Just off the
GonG (Grammy on Glacier).
On bridge at waterfall
Grandaddy at waterfall
Both at waterfall
We rarely saw
3 of us
(Note Tim Horton's -- on every block.)
(Bridge behind is train station right at Molsen Hockey stadium, Montreal.)
Sometimes we even got a
Camera at ready.
Found Tim's print in the Royal York's
Waiting for the bus.
[I got carried away trying out pictures of water. Here are some of them.]
This was a trip of water.
Even in the underground malls there were
Fall and rainbow (Near Jasper).
The water here had carved a small