I’ve got a bone to pick with the folks at the Rocky Mountaineer.
Earlier this year, I traveled on the first journey of the Rocky Mountaineer train’s 25th anniversary season and had an absolutely stellar time. Before departure, I explored Vancouver; en route we had a sweet little overnight stop in Kamloops, B.C.; and I’ll never forget the spa day I had at the Fairmont Banff Springs, our final destination. The two magnificent days I spent zipping through the Rocky Mountains on a plush train with a glass viewing dome, all-inclusive meals and drinks and outstanding service made for an unforgettable first trip to Canada. Sounds perfect, right?
A little too perfect! Since experiencing the Rocky Mountaineer’s luxurious Gold Leaf service, almost every subsequent journey has been, well… not quite as golden. No one told me I’d be a different traveler once I stepped off the train. Sure, all the media materials claim it’s a “life-changing journey,” but I thought that was just ad copy. Let this post serve as my request for a more intense disclaimer!
Here are the three things I miss most about being on the Rocky Mountaineer.
1. Gourmet Food. Since my Rocky Mountaineer adventure from Vancouver to Banff, no one has shown up at my apartment to cook gourmet, locally sourced meals. Would you believe I basically have to fend for myself day in and day out? God only knows where my food comes from – wherever Chef Boyardee lives, I guess. It’s safe to say my deli meat doesn’t hail from some idyllic Canadian farm.
Sadly, since I’m the chief cook for myself and I’ve been on a bride diet for the past few months, I’ve barely had a meal with a satisfactory carb in it since my train ride. I miss you, homemade scones & breakfast Bailey’s!
2. Luggage Service. On the Rocky Mountaineer, luggage is magically transported from hotel to hotel each day while you gaze at the wilderness from inside the cushy train and ingest thousands of calories of deliciousness. You just leave your packed bags in your hotel room when you depart in the morning and faster than you can say “Accio Luggage!” — they’re waiting for you in the next town 12 hours later.
What is this traveling sorcery?!
Nobody told me that two ultra-plush days of magical luggage service would turn me into a traveling goddess who gets really sad about carrying heavy bags. Who could’ve foreseen how quickly I’d become accustomed to living in the lap of luxury?
My fiancé & I really haven’t traveled much together since I returned from Canada… I hope he doesn’t mind porting my luggage around on our honeymoon. ‘Cause that’s definitely happening.
3. Chilling/Chilling Out. The only times I’m not connected to WiFi are when I’m scuba diving or really off the grid – and I take great pains to never be really off the grid. I was rather stressed to learn that there was no WiFi on the Rocky Mountaineer, and for the majority of the journey, there would be limited tower connectivity.
You know what? After the first day of forced disconnection, I felt so free!! I put my phone down for the first time since iPhones were invented and my hand began to unfold from the death-grip position it’s been locked in all these years. It was so pleasant to look around and enjoy the ride without having to document every thought on social media. I needed that. (Y’all probably did, too.)
I also needed the Rocky Mountain chill! I’ve been sweating my fool head off in Florida all summer all the while daydreaming about snow-covered Rocky Mountain peaks and a blast of fresh, brisk air.