One of the things on our Bucket List was to take a train ride to the top of Pike’s Peak. We also wanted to visit the Royal Gorge Bridge. I have been running into problems getting a reservation on the Pike’s Peak Cog Train so I looked into the Royal Gorge train instead. This was much easier to get a reservation and since it’s December, it was Santa themed. Check and check.
We had 6 seats and originally were going to have to share 2 of the 4 seats but the people who had those seats didn’t use them. The little 4 chair area was easy to squish people into so we were able to have 2 4 seat areas to ourselves which was awesome. By the window, there was a letter and pencil for the kids to write a letter to Santa. Piglet asked for Rusty Rivets. Blueberry wanted everything. (eye roll)
The train also sells food and drinks. Hubs got a custom Rouge beer that apparently is only available on the train. The kids got juice and just before we left the station, we all got cookies and hot chocolate. The people working on the train played some games with the kids while we pulled into the gorge. Once there, we took a walk around the train. We were lucky enough to be right next to the outdoor train so we went out there to see the sights.
We also saw the Royal Gorge Bridge and decided not to do it. It is so high. No thanks. I am not a fan of heights and we figured the kid would not go on the bridge so that is being scrapped from the list. After we hung out outside for a little while, the kids had to go to the bathroom. We went to the bathroom car and saw Santa at the North Pole just as we exited the bathroom. Perfect timing!
Santa gets on the train and gave all the kids a silver bell which I guess is from The Polar Express? I don’t know, I’ve never read that book. We took another trip outside on the return ride and tried to take a group photo by ourselves. Another passenger offered to take a picture because we failed miserably. Somehow, she got us all to look at the camera. A Christmas miracle!
Have you ever gone on a Santa train ride? Have you read The Polar Express? Is the movie too much uncanny valley to stand?