“It’s not the load that weighs you down, it’s the way you carry it.” —C.S. LEWIS
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beautiful scenery, accompanied by wonderful food and all we could drink along the way.
The Rocky Mountaineer staff was amazing, and we were surprised to learn that the lead train manager — John Garner — was onboard. I complimented him on the warmth and friendliness of his team, and he said it was one of the best he’s ever worked with.
As he shared that his 82-year- old mother was traveling to Thailand alone the following week, I had to introduce him to Mom, and her southern charm won him over (as she did with everyone else on the train!)
At the end of the first day, we had a relaxing evening in picturesque Glenwood Springs, which is famous for the world’s largest hot springs pool. Doug and I had to try it, and enjoyed soaking in the naturally heated mineral water, which was a perfect way to end our day! Our overnight stay was at The Hotel Denver, famous for the celebrities who have stayed there since 1913. Among the most prominent was Theodore Roosevelt, who loved this area for its great fishing and hunting. In fact, he spent so much time there it was dubbed “The Little White House.” The hotel is filled with memorabilia of its past — from beautiful antiques gracing the hallways to a rosewood baby grand piano from 1885. We each had a lovely, renovated stateroom and fully enjoyed walking around the quaint town the next morning before boarding our train to Denver. Another day commenced with being surrounded by beautiful scenery, regaled with wonderful stories and excellent food and service. We were truly sad to see this magical journey come to an end.
Years ago, I stopped by Mom’s house after work, and she offered me some lemonade. It hit the spot, and I asked for the recipe. Years later, I was at a restaurant where they served strawberry lemonade. With that inspiration, I modified Mom’s original recipe to duplicate this perfect summer beverage that is simple and refreshing. Greet your guests at the door with a festive glass of this cheery drink, and it’s sure to make them feel special! Lemonade & Strawberry Lemonade
Ingredients Lemonade • 7 cups warm water • 1 cup sugar • 1 cup lemon juice • Lemon slices for garnish
Strawberry Lemonade • 2 cups chilled lemonade • 2 cups frozen strawberries • 1/4 cup sugar (optional, depends on the sweetness of the berries) • Fresh strawberries for garnish
However, there’s always the Canadian Rockies rail route to look forward to, so more excitement to come!
If you haven’t yet had a chance to experience this wonderful alternative to Viking cruising, we can now
book this for you! I encourage you to give it a try – then throw in a surprise or two and you’ve got a memory worth savoring in every respect! —Carol Shaddix
Directions Lemonade Use water to dissolve sugar; add juice and stir until blended. Chill, then serve over ice with lemon slices. Strawberry Lemonade Blend lemonade, sugar and frozen strawberries together until smooth. Garnish with fresh strawberries.
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