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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The Art of Slow Travel

Throughout my life, I have been drawn to far away destinations. My first taste of wanderlust started in high school when I requested a free copy of the Mexico destination guide from AAA. I read that thing front to back then back to front. I folded down the corners of so many pages that described in fascinating detail all the interesting parts of a country I was yet to explore.

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Team Dixie Chickens!

High Adventure Early Retirement – Part 1

Hesitating in the doorway of my mother’s hospital room, I’m distracted by the usual thoughts in such situations, like hoping she’s getting over the pneumonia (she is, and is discharged the following day) and wishing that hospitals didn’t smell so weird, so I was unprepared for the white-coated person standing idly in the room chatting with Mom. Ever proud of our travels, Mom immediately announces to the Physician’s Assistant that this is her daughter who is traveling around the world in a school bus.

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