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    Canada Trip Part 2: New York City to Montreal, Canada

    Mrs. RootofGood and I have visited the Big Apple in the past, but our kids have not.  On our first day in NYC we had lunch plans with Mrs. RoG’s coworker around noon, and we wanted to visit her firm’s equities trading floor before the markets closed, so we decided to drive into midtown Manhattan and park somewhere close so we could ensure our timely arrival.  The tunnel toll from our hotel plus parking all day in Midtown was $30 – about the same as transit fares from the hotel into NYC and then MTA transit fares for the subway in NYC.  Parking in NYC is expensive, but so are transit fares for a family of five.

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    Canada Trip Part 1: Raleigh NC to Philadelphia

    We made it to Canada, but just barely. I’ll summarize by saying the first five and a half days of the trip to get to Canada were awesome and the last half of the sixth day required perseverance. A lot of it. Some might say the last half day of the journey to Montreal was horrible, but I’ll stick with “required perseverance”. But let’s take things in chronological order.

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    For those following along with my early retirement monthly updates, you’ll know the Root of Good family is heading north to Canada for the summer. At the end of June, we will pack our kids (age 2, 7, and 9) and a trunk full of gear into our trusty fourteen year old Honda Accord and set out on a 2,300 mile trek through the US and Canada for about a month.

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Canada Trip Part 2: New York City to Montreal, Canada

nyse-stock-exchange

Mrs. RootofGood and I have visited the Big Apple in the past, but our kids have not.  On our first day in NYC we had lunch plans with Mrs. RoG’s coworker around noon, and we wanted to visit her firm’s equities trading floor before the markets closed, so we decided to drive into midtown Manhattan and park somewhere close so we could ensure our timely arrival.  The tunnel toll from our hotel plus parking all day in Midtown was $30 – about the same as transit fares from the hotel into NYC and then MTA transit fares for the subway in NYC.  Parking in NYC is expensive, but so are transit fares for a family of five.

Read more

Canada Trip Part 1: Raleigh NC to Philadelphia

philadelphia-art-museum

We made it to Canada, but just barely. I’ll summarize by saying the first five and a half days of the trip to get to Canada were awesome and the last half of the sixth day required perseverance. A lot of it. Some might say the last half day of the journey to Montreal was horrible, but I’ll stick with “required perseverance”. But let’s take things in chronological order.

Read more