Travels in the Americas

A collection of trip reports, with photos. Mostly parts of Canada, but with some United States and a little bit of Central America. Images and titles link to details. Presented in reverse chronological order.

Woman with mask

Pandemic vacations

July 2020 to…(forever? One wonders.) (These ones link to blog posts.)

  • Goderich exceeds expectations – August 2022: Goderich and area (a very nice short trip, actually, featuring wineries, hikes, patios…)
  • Timmins again in June 2022! I don’t even think we have photos. But was good to see family. Also featured my first flight since 2019, Timmins to Toronto, which had a four-hour delay (relatively speaking, not so bad, though it made me very cranky at the time).
  • Wining and dining while trying to avoid cooties – March 2022: Niagara-on-the-Lake (too early for patios, too late for vaccine passports: welcome to the joys of luppering)
  • Timmins photos (no blog post for this) – January 2022: Post-Christmas visit with the parents, and a stop in Sudbury
  • Yet another Ontario vacation – November 2021: Niagara-on-the-Lake, Kingsville (vaccine passport-ing our way back inside)
  • Killarney Mountain Lodge – September 2021: Killarney (staying at a lodge while hiking the beautiful landscape)
  • Traveling to all the hotspots – June 2021: Sudbury, Timmins, Orillia (mostly about seeing family again for the first time in months! Since a lot of stuff was still shut down)
  • Second wave sojourn – October 2020: Ottawa, Kingston area (strategies to stay safe as we sneak in a trip just before everything shuts down again)
  • Pandemic vacation in Quebec – August 2020: Gananoque, Quebec City, Montreal (quite a lovely trip with almost all-patio dining and some newly reopened museums)
  • Moving through the stages – July 2020: Orillia, Timmins, Sudbury, Muskoka (featuring the thrill of the first restaurant meals in months…)
Autumn leaves

Fall driving vacations

Mostly Ontario, but with a bit of New York state thrown in…

The U.S. of A.

New York Skyline

The city that never sleeps and Quebec’s metropolis

October 2016

We added Montreal since it’s expensive to be in New York for a full week, but this was mostly about visiting New York City again. (We enjoyed Montreal, too, though!)

Space Needle, Seattle

Seattle, Mount Rainier, Olympic Park

October 11 to 19, 2014

The Mount Rainier and Olympic Park parts are mostly so fuzzy in memory, they might as well have happened to someone else. (And no, I wasn’t drunk.) Seattle I remember a little better. But still good I wrote it all down at the time!

Grand Canyon

Zion Sedona Grand Canyon Las Vegas

October 8 to 16, 2011

Overture, curtain, lights. This is it, we hit the heights. Scaling dizzying mountains and descending the grandest of canyons; staying in the fanciest ever hotel rooms, and encountering the biggest rock group of all time (in a sense). In Vegas and area.

Golden Gate Bridge

San Francisco, Yosemite, and Napa—All in one week! (Not in that order)

September 26 to October 4, 2009

Our first and, so far, only trip to California. We hiked in the heat in Yosemite, had too much wine in Napa and Sonoma, and took in the culture of San Francisco. Lovely state (at least back then).

Chicago

Chicago weekend

May 8 to 12, 2008

Getting to Chicago an unusual way: by train.

Recommended!

Statue of Liberty

New York City weekend, 2008

March 20 to 23, 2008

During the year when it was hard for Jean to take a whole week off, so we did a number of long weekends not as far away. My second time in New York (first was for work), and his first.

US visits in pre-blog times

  • In 2001, we went to Alaska. We rented a motorhome and drove around for one week, then took a Holland America Cruise (with Jean’s Mom and sister) the second. Alaska 2001 photo gallery
  • We also took at least one and possibly two trips to the Vermont area. The first I recall that we didn’t have the greatest weather, and were just a little too early for the best of fall colours. We did like the food and some of the shops.
  • We have also been to Cleveland(!), solely to visit the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame. I loved it, and Jean got a good rest in the video room.
  • For work, I once went to a conference in Orlando, Florida, staying at a Disney Hotel (!). I arrived early enough to visit one park (on my own; no one else much had arrived yet), and selected Universal Studios. Quite the operation, those parks. I was impressed. (Also, it’s really hot in Florida. And this was only May.)
  • For work, Jean once went to New Orleans, Louisiana—this was before Katrina. He went down early and I joined him, then flew back before he did. I believe we were there for Halloween. Bourbon Street, the French Quarter… Really pretty wild. Delicious food.
  • And, and also for work, I once went to Lake Charles, Louisiana, which is a pretty sleepy little place. And hot! I was very worried about driving there (I’m not much of a driver), but it was really fine.
  • Another work trip: Boston! Jean came with. Some good restaurants here, and we quite enjoyed the John Kennedy museum, and seriously considered buying a Matisse print. The conference hotel was gorgeous.

Eastern Canada

Anniversary

25th wedding anniversary party: An inside look

May 6, 2017

Let’s invite some people to dinner, then rent a hall to have a dance! How hard could it be?

Well…

Quebec flag

Quebec and Charlevoix region

Early June 2009

A better time of year to visit this area than on our first attempt. Quite a lovely getaway, with great weather and delicious food, despite my obsession with not overspending. Also notable: Our first time in PEC, and Gananoque did not impress us much.

Island

Iles-de-la-Madeleine 2006

September 2 to 9, 2006

A week in this picturesque part of Canada, between Quebec and Prince Edward Island.

Sea, sand, wind, and wildlife.

Quebec City

Visiting the Charlevoix region

October 22 to 30, 2005

Our first trip to this region, with some other stops on the way.

Main lesson: Not the best time of year to go. 

Ferry on water

2004 Trip to Eastern Canada

July 3 to 17, 2004

Planes, trains boats, and automobiles… Not the most cost-effective way to get to and around the East Coast of Canada, but did make for an interesting and varied trip. We visited Montreal, Nova Scotia, PEI, Iles-de-la-Madeleine, and Quebec City.

Central America

Toucan

Costa Rica via Caravan bus tour

February 4 to 13, 2007

The first and, so far, only time we’ve been to Central America.

Also the first and, so far, only time we’ve travelled by bus tour.