The Rocky Mountains
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Yesterday should have been a leisurely start to the day ie. a lie in, however the previous night we acquired a room mate, an elderly Japanese woman from San Francisco who was very eccentric and chatted a lot!! Mrs Japan woke up very early, let out a loud yawn and then proceeded to rustle plastic bags for no apparent reason!!! After many attempts to ignore and go back to sleep we finally gave in and got up. Our train wasn't untill 16.55 so we didn't do much for the rest of the day. We left the hostel at about 3pm and got the bus to the train station. At the bus stop got chatting with the strangest winnipegian woman in the world. She was quite amazed at us - called us tramps presumably because we had large amounts of baggage on us!! She couldn't get her head round the fact that we were leaving Winnipeg and not returning!!! She eventually got the idea when we told her we were from England.
We caught our train and for the rest of the day and night our scenery was the Prairies. Vast spaces of flat arable land stacked high and wide with bails of hay. There were many little houses on the Prairies too!! Night was soon upon us so we settled back for our meal of bread, hummous, salad and tomatoes. In the night some people got off the train leaving a free seat which Emma swiftly claimed and we both managed a few hours sleep.
We awoke as the sun started to light up the day, we were still in flat areas of land having left Manitoba and arrived in Alberta early morning. The first major stop was Edmonton, Alberta's capital. We got our first glimpses of the Rocky Mountains around lunchtime, they were far away in the distance. It didn't seem to take long to reach them and we were soon passing massive rock faces and these were just the start!
We arrived in Jasper at about 3pm, an hour later than scheduled, found our car hire place and saw our car.
Arrived at the youth hostel - looks a bit like the youth hostel at Glen Nevis. Inside we were impressed - good sized kitchen and lounge area. The dorm was a bit strange - very big and boarding school like. While we made tea we chatted briefly with a couple of people - Marty from Newfoundland, then a Scottish woman from Switzerland - who was some kind of scientist at CERN - the place in Dan Brown's Angels and Demons - and she said the stuff in the book is true!