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27 May, Day 5 ROCKY MOUNTAINEER TO KAMLOOPS

Gold Leaf Rocky Mountaineer

Today It's Memorial Day, a public holiday in the United States and Canada. Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday which occurs every year on the final Monday of May. Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service. It typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.

Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.

This morning we were taken to the station to catch the Rocky Mountaineer. The train has its own station.
Rocky Mountaineer Station Vancouver

Rocky Mountaineer Station Vancouver

Rocky Mountaineer  Vancouver

Rocky Mountaineer Vancouver

We had booked GoldLeaf Service. Their brochure said: " Our custom-designed, bi-level, glass-domed GoldLeaf coach puts you right in the middle of the awe-inspiring scenery of the Canadian Rockies. Take in the dazzling vistas upstairs, and enjoy delicious meals downstairs. From the attentive service provided by your Rocky Mountaineer Hosts, to the gourmet meals prepared from regional cuisine by our award-winning chefs. GoldLeaf Service is quite simply, as good as it gets." And it lived up to its boast!

BREAKFAST MENU
The Rocky Mountaineer
Omelette filled with mozzarella, asparagus, freshly roasted country potatoes and Canadian smoked ham.
GoldLeaf Breakfast
Scrambled eggs, smoked steelhead salmon topped with kelp caviar and lemon chive crème fraiche
Sir Sanford Fleming Benedict
Poached egg served over Montreal Smoked meat on a fluffy crumpet, accented with tarragon Hollandaise.
Buttermilk Pancakes
Traditional buttermilk pancakes, candied orange zest and Aldergrove berry preserve.
Granola Parfait
Vanilla-scented island yogurt and granola with fresh field berries

LUNCH MENU

Our lunch service begins with your choice of our featured soup or freshly prepared salad, created by our team of chefs.
Alberta Short Ribs
Slow cooked Alberta beef short ribs, served with garlic whipped potatoes and local seasonal vegetables.
Black Tiger Prawns
Simmered in a west coast bouillabaisse broth, over a sticky rice cake topped with sauteed vegetables julienne.
Fraser Valley Chicken Breast
Encrusted with wild BC mushrooms, pan-seared, and served with garlic mashed potatoes and a blueberry relish.
Vegetarian Appeal
Traditional farfalle pasta tossed in cream, sweet Chilliwack corn, green peas and parmesan.
Light Choice
Fresh local vegetables layered with wonton crisps, balsamic vinegar molasses, garlic and herb coulis.
Dessert
Freshly baked brownie with French Vanilla ice cream, warm chocolate sauce and crisp ginger snap.

Throughout the day, wait staff bring complimentary wine, beer, spirits etc etc.

The scenery matched the menus and the attention of the staff.

We rolled through quite different scenery staring with the green flats of the Fraser Valley through Hell's Gate, the aridity of Avalanche Alley through to the clear waters of the Thompson River.
Fraser River -big logging district

Fraser River -big logging district


Fraser River

Fraser River

Fraser Valley

Fraser Valley

Fraser Valley

Fraser Valley

Colleen surveys the countryside

Colleen surveys the countryside

Approaching Hell's Gate

Approaching Hell's Gate

Approaching Hell's Gate

Approaching Hell's Gate

Hell's Gate

Hell's Gate

Cisco Crossings built 1912

Cisco Crossings built 1912

Cisco Crossings built 1912

Cisco Crossings built 1912

Avalanche Alley

Avalanche Alley

Heading into Kamloops

Heading into Kamloops

Thompson River widens into 40km long Kamloops

Thompson River widens into 40km long Kamloops

And more big horn sheep

And more big horn sheep

Kamloops is a city in south central British Columbia, at the confluence of the two branches of the Thompson River and near Kamloops Lake. It is the largest community in the Thompson-Nicola Regional District and the location of the regional district's offices. The surrounding region is more commonly referred to as the Thompson Country. It is ranked 37th on the list of the 100 largest metropolitan areas in Canada and represents the 44th largest census agglomeration nationwide, with 85,678 residents in 2011.
Heading into Kamloops

Heading into Kamloops

Posted by Kangatraveller 20:23

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