The next morning after breakfast we noticed several cowboys walking around, suddenly a bell rang and all the tourists were herded towards a small coral with stadium seating. We were then presented with a cute skit that included a real life honest to goodness shoot out(Hollywood style), an attempted horse theft, illicit gambling, and cowboy shenanigans. It was actually a cute family friendly show and great for the kids. Afterwards it was all aboard and on the train. One tried to kidnap Rodney and hold him for ransom. Took a look at Chris and realized we didn’t have any money.
Chris had booked the luxury parlor car and it was wonderful, we were booked in the last car on the train and were greeted by a friendly attendant named Virginia. The inside of the car had built in couches and tables that allowed you to sit comfortable and either look out the window or converse with the other passengers. Since we were in the last car we were able to stand out on the back observation platform as we traveled to the Grand Canyon. We could also go up two cars and look out through the Observation Dome in the Vista car. There was cheese, fresh fruit, and drinks available. There was also a bar in the car and Virginia served as our bartender.Chris had water, I had a Bloody Mary which was very good, and Rodney had a drink called “The Slim Fast” Virginia informed us that there were no calories allowed in the luxery car so we could enjoy as many of them as we wanted. The drink was delicious and the Grand Canyon Railway tours was nice enough to share the recipe with me.
- ½ oz Amaretto
- ½ oz Coffee liqueur
- Fill class with half and half, top with whipped cream and a cherry.
I can’t stand coffee and I swear that Virginia said Kahlua when she told me about the drink. But I emailed this is what their email said, either way it was delicious and I highly recommend it. I also found a similar version at TheKitchn called “The Almond Joy” that I am anxious to try.
Spiked Almond Joy Milkshakes
Makes 6-8 mini milkshakes
For the milkshake
- 3 cups packed French vanilla ice cream
- 1/2 cup stirred coconut milk
- 1/4 cup almond liqueur (I used Amaretto)
- 1/4 cup chocolate liqueur (I used Godiva)
- Chocolate syrup
- Whipped cream
- Shredded sweetened coconut
- Whole almonds
Combine the ice cream, coconut milk, almond liqueur, and chocolate liqueur in a blender and mix until smooth. Adjust ingredients if desired (I like a creamy milkshake, if you want it thicker, add more ice cream. If you like more almond flavor, add more Amaretto, etc).
Place the jar containing the milkshake back in the freezer for about 30 minutes to an hour to let it thicken up a bit. Puddle chocolate syrup in the bottom of serving glass (I used shot glasses) and pour the milkshake over the syrup. Top each shake with a pile of whipped cream, a generous sprinkle of shredded coconut, and a whole almond.
The train ride took 2 hours but the scenery was beautiful, Virginia kept us entertained with interesting facts and sites along the way. About halfway through the trip we were joined by a singing cowboy who serenaded Rodney and me with “Country Roads” by John Denver. One of my favorite songs from child hood. I just cannot describe the experience in this blog. We met some great people on the train, laughed, sang, drank, ate, and had so much fun. It is just something you have to experience for yourself! Below are several pictures of the scenery and the great people we met along the way.