Romance by Train. August 2012.
The hotel we often stay at in Canmore is a stone's throw from a relatively busy train track. Many times throughout the day and night, you can hear a freight train rocketing by. I absolutely love this as I find trains fascinating. One night, after eating our dinner at the senior citizen hour of 5PM, we were back at our hotel relaxing after putting Alice to bed. I heard the familiar sounds of an approaching train but this one seemed to be going at a much slower speed. Being the nerd that I am, I wanted to get a closer look at the train so I grabbed my camera and ran out the door. And just look at the beauty of a train that I found! I'd only ever seen graffiti-covered freight trains on those tracks but here was a passenger train and it was stopped right in front of me.
I snapped a bunch of photos as I walked toward the engine and, once I got there, the conductor had his window open so I waved. He waved back. And then the train started to slowly roll forward. Of course I gave him the universal honk-your-train-horn sign and he obliged with a big WOOOOO-WOOOO!
Also... so cool.
Would you ever take a train somewhere rather than flying? My husband and I took a train from Salt Lake City to my dad's house in Napa for Thanksgiving one year. It was totally fun. But touring the Canadian Rockies by train? How romantic!