While we've been comfortably relaxing here in Southern Maryland, we've been neglecting the blog a bit. (Translation: Jonathan is way behind in his recap posts.) So, we'll try to make sure you all get back up to speed with our travels over the next few days.
After Montreal, we headed east to Quebec City. QC looked even more European than Montreal, but felt a bit more touristy. And, none of those fantastic rental bikes to be had. And, we failed to use personal recommendations or Yelp to locate a restaurant for dinner. You'd think that it would be difficult to make bad nachos and pizza, but Le Cafe Buade succeeded. Lesson learned.
One interesting bit of history about QC is that the old part of town is a walled city.
After departing QC, we took the Route du President Kennedy on back to Maine. Other than the agent having a fantastic northeastern accent and him actually looking around inside the van, there was nothing too spectacular about our last (for the near future)…
I was looking for directions on Google Maps today when I realized that Google had just added "birds-eye" views for Fort Collins. So, of course, I went to see what our home looks like. Much to my surprise, I found that Google just happened to catch us on the morning of March 29, 2012. Our moving day!
So, you better think twice before deciding to run around naked in your back yard. You never know when the aerial photography plane is going to fly by!
Last time I was at Bryce National Park was during an "out West" family road trip when I was eight years old. During that vacation, the Boeke family also used a Ford Econoline van for transportation (but not to sleep in). Unlike the last time at Bryce, we are now visiting when there is snow on the ground, and that element makes for a really beautiful contrast of color and texture in the park.
Also, I remember only hiking down the trail just a little bit when I was eight. This time, we took a three mile loop hike that got us down into the canyon. It was the only open trail that did not require snow shoes or crampons.
Next stop was Las Vegas, Nevada. Not too much to do in that two horse town except throw money away; which we did. Seriously, though, we had a good time playing some video blackjack at the bar in the Tropicana while listening to a great cover band play some classic hits. Before we knew it, it was 3 AM and we found our way back to the Excalibur park…