I've always wanted to go on a scenic train ride through the mountains like Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger in Harry Potter. The opportunity was presented to me by a beautiful friend of mine who had moved to Grand Junction, CO. Melanie and her fiancé Tim were expecting their first child and of course I had to document this special time in their lives! We planned a breathtaking maternity session in the mountains of Ouray, CO. I was fortunate enough to be flown out to Denver and opted to take the Amtrak the rest of the way into Grand Junction, CO.
My train ride took about 8 hours, but it was the most therapeutic 8 hours of my life. I had ample legroom in the upper deck and my car wasn't filled to capacity. This made for a more relaxing ride. The California Zephyr runs through Colorado, Utah and into California. I took some photos of my journey along the way and was seated in the last car. It was such a breathtaking experience to watch the entire train wrap around the mountains and cruise along the Colorado river. For lunch the staff came around to each car and took reservations to be seated in the lounge car for dining, which was made of large windows that wrapped around both sides of the car. I enjoyed a burger with chips and sat with other passengers in booth style seating. We all chatted away while taking in the amazing views. If you have been debating on taking a train ride like this, I say do it! It was such a memorable experience and a fun tour of the Colorado River.