The Sunday Traveler~Views And Thoughts Along The Way


The Sunday Traveler was awake early on the morning of the second day (It’s a 31 hour trip from California to Denver) in spite of having slept fitfully after the 3:00 A.M. stroll along the train platform at the Salt Lake City stop. Anxious to not miss one moment of the beautiful countryside rolling by, I grabbed a coffee and bagel from the Cafe Car and sat in the Lounge to take in the view through the panoramic windows of that train car. We were heading out of Utah and nearing the Colorado border.


We passed by towns that look long abandoned, followed by the first view of the Colorado River


Beautiful, winding along greenery, and low hills that are a prelude of bigger things to come.


The river widens and narrows, and the rails lead us through paths away from the river for short distances, as we head into canyons created eons ago





It’s breathtaking vistas that don’t stop. I wanted to nap, but was afraid to close my eyes and miss any of this. And then we got to the town of Glenwood Springs, where rafting begins in earnest down this stretch of the river. The tradition, for whatever reason, is for rafters to “moon” the train as it passes along the river. I had read about this custom, but didn’t know if I should quite believe it. Believe it. I was never ready with the camera to capture said custom. There were rafters galore, it being the 4th of July weekend, and it was hysterical. Everyone on the train was laughing; the conductor gave us a total count at the end of the stretch of river where the rafters are (63 was the number of times he counted the train being mooned). But people on the river also waved at the train…and pretty near everyone on the train waved back. The thought passed my mind that this was a wonderful, happy human connection; we acknowledge each other, one human to another.




And we move on down the river that changes again and again










Next week I”ll take you on the final leg of the journey, getting into the Denver area.

Until then.


About Angeline M

Love travel and photography. Living in Northern California. Photos of locations visited are personal file photos.
This entry was posted in Travel and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

15 Responses to The Sunday Traveler~Views And Thoughts Along The Way

  1. How exciting and what an adventure .. Mooning! Lol .. What about those canyons, aren’t they magnificent? One of the best ways to travel, with the eyes open of course πŸ˜ƒ


  2. What a perfect way to travel and see the scenery, Angeline. I really enjoyed your photos. πŸ™‚


  3. Very nice set of memories, especially drawn to your first image. What a marvelous trip…


  4. Sue says:

    Sounds like a great train journey…amazing scenery and great camaraderie!


  5. I think mooning the train is a wonderful custom. Anything that promotes laughter is a wonderful thing. What a journey you were on. I love train travel. Nothing to do but stare out the window. Bliss.


    • Angeline M says:

      I still cannot get over the relaxation! The rocking back and forth motion of the train only added to that, and really induced naps (like a kid, I fought that). And it was good to laugh along with fellow passengers.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. I love this journey – makes me proud to be living in the western USA!


  7. Pingback: The Sunday Traveler~Views And Thoughts Along The Way β€” AngelineM’s Blog | O LADO ESCURO DA LUA

  8. But, but, but … no mooning shots of the rafters?


Leave a comment with your thoughts

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s