Dale waves to all his Primrose Fans
Dale & Engineer Sandra in the cab
The Primrose Gang
THE BEST PART of this amazing day was seeing 92 year old resident Dale Criger stride with an extra spring in his step alongside his son, Victor, climb unaided up the steps to Locomotive CRRX train car number C-20, wave to all of us from atop, and join Engineer Sandra for the cab ride up front and high up. Sandra told Dale, “You are the oldest railroader I ever met” as she gave him a smile and a hug. Dale said she was “quite a lady.” During the ride he was presented with a certificate naming him an official member of the Cab Riders Club. Dale worked as an agent telegrapher on the Denver Rio Grande Western Railroad from ’48-’78 and loved every minute of it on this “main line through the Rockies.”
What a day for Dale and the whole Primrose Gang. This adventurous group of 24 residents, staff and family members enjoyed the scenic ride through the Royal Gorge Canyon alongside the Arkansas River and below the suspension bridge. Along this historic and scenic route we saw rafters, fly fisherman and big horn sheep all while dining on a delicious lunch served by an attentive staff. Life Enrichment Coordinator Barbara Della Rossa said it was one of her best days with Primrose. Seeing Dale’s excitement and physical training leading up to the ride, witnessing his physical feat of walking without his walker and climbing some pretty steep steps, and the pure joy and pride during and after the ride, truly made this an unforgettable day. Dale is already planning his next train ride with the Minister of his Church and still has that extra pep in him from this special outing where at Primrose we say this is living!
by Barbara Della Rossa
Life Enrichment Coordinator
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