Mission To Montreal

I found myself recently in extreme upstate New York on business with a few days left over before I had to return home, so I decided to take advantage of the opportunity to see Montreal. Being a relatively self-involved american, the sum total of my knowledge of Montreal was that it was in Canada. I did read a Nancy Drew book when I was 14 that was based there, but I had forgotten most of that. So why did I go, you ask?

Because it was there. And besides, I did have a friend there Id known for years over the internet that I hoped to meet. My friends in NY dropped me off on the American side of the border in Cornwall. They declined to cross over into Canada since apparently someone with a similar name did something very bad in Kentucky and well they didnt feel like going through the mill again and I didnt blame them. Unfortunately this left me hiking about 2 miles across two enormous bridges over the St. Lawrence river in 32 degree weather. But hey, part of what makes my kind of travel fun is being uncomfortable. It sounds strange but it works for me. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on January 7th, 2008 by Natnee and filed under Canada | 3 Comments »

Hiking Up The Cliff

It had been raining for 3 days. And it had been cold. And I dont like rain. And especially not cold. Thats why I went to Mexico and not Canada (well, that and the fact that Mexico is about 1500 miles closer). Fortunately the hostel had a nice community kitchen to hang out in, while I kept a watchful eye on the mountain waiting for a clear day. I was hoping to get a nice shot of the valley from the top of the mountain. This mountain:

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So I duly waited. Finally one day it showed some signs of letting up at around 3pm, so I decided to give it a go. I packed my backpack with more brain food and went up the mountain. My guide told me it took him 2 hours up and 1.5 hours down last time he went, so I figured I could match that. In retrospect maybe it wasnt the best idea, but thats beside the point :)

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Posted on January 4th, 2008 by Natnee and filed under Mexico | No Comments »

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