Borders, Bar Harbor, and Boston

We crossed the border with much less fanfare than the last time, and then had to pull over and manually unclench our buttcheeks. I’m pretty sure that border crossings are on that list of the most stressful events in life, like moving and living with a teenager. From ...continue reading

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Fall Colours, Surprised Mothers, and a Gigantic Fiddle

cape breton island fall coloursLet’s see… when my lovely wife left off we had just reached Halifax, or as I like to think of it, the East Coast’s Victoria. It really did feel a lot like our home town, even though we were on the opposite side of the country. I think the fact that it rained a whole bunch ...continue reading

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Ginger Gals and Pirate Pals

Yikes! I feel as though I am desperately overdue for an update, and so much has happened since Mark posted last.

I am writing this post from a cabin looking out onto ...continue reading

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Maritimes and Struggling Rhymes

New BrunswickSo, when Pia left off we were at the end of the Gaspé Peninsula in Percé, Quebec, home of the famous Percé rock. We took a boat tour from Percé which took us to see their namesake then around nearby Bonaventure Island, a provincial park which is home to the largest colony of northern gannets in the world, and neighbourhood hangout for young punk seals with nothing better to do but lie around in the ...continue reading

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Patient Spouses and Perfect Log Houses

I’ll just start with the bad news: On our first day in Québec City, I left our camera in a coffee shop downtown where it was stolen. It was our anniversary (although we didn’t realize that the camera was gone until the next day, which was kind of a blessing because it would have ruined the day for me), we were in a rush to get to the hotel, I am terribly absent-minded, etc. I do have to ...continue reading

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Hot Town, Hot Tub, and Hot Poutine

montreal skylineWe arrived in Montreal at about 1:00 in the afternoon and by dinner time we were thoroughly charmed and already labeling it a place we could happily live. We rented a little studio apartment on the plateau, which turned out to be a fantastic location (mostly by sheer luck, since availability was limited for vacation rentals when we went to book it) allowing us to walk basically everywhere we ...continue reading

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Parliament Hill and a Thrift Store Thrill

After leaving Toronto, we spent a night in Smiths Falls, a small-ish town between TO and Ottawa. On the way, we managed to catch this beautiful sunset:

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Back into Canada: Niagara Falls and T.O.

niagara falls and torontoAfter a chunk of time in the US, I have to say it feels good to be back in the Great White North basking in the warm glow of the metric system, multi-coloured money, and unnecessary apologies. We came back into Canada trough Detroit and into Windsor, Ontario, where we had lunch with my Uncle’s sister, her son ...continue reading

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Breaking the Windy City

Chicago! Windy! Oprah! Perfect Strangers!

The end.

…Just kidding. Believe it or not, there’s more to the windy city than what’s listed above. We spent an entire week there, which in and of itself was such a luxury. This is the first time since Calgary that we’ve stayed more than two nights in one location. As you might imagine, ...continue reading

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Milltown, Brewtown, and Charlie Brown

milltown, brewtown, and charlie brownAs Pia said in the last post, Saskatoon and North Dakota were not the most exciting places to drive through, and as nice as small farming communities are, they don’t offer a lot of sights for the visitor to see, but North Dakota did allow us to see the world’s largest pile of oil cans (believe it or not, this wasn’t a destination sight for ...continue reading

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