Hi, friends and readers:
If you are wondering why I have not posted here lately, there’s a reason. Last night, my partner and I returned to our island home after spending ten days on the road, first in Quebec and then in wilds of Maine. This was my third major excursion of the summer, and our last, as my partner starts law school in two weeks, and he’ll be tied down with his studies until Christmas break. It’s okay, as much as I enjoyed all of my excursions, it’s time for me to get busy on writing. I have a novel in progress that is already 60,000 words long and nowhere near to getting finished. I have a finished novel going into final edits next month, and then into publication, so I’ll be busy myself.
A few words about our most recent journey ….
We flew to Burlington, VT, where we rented a car. Then we drove to Montreal, where we stayed in a B & B for three nights while we explored the city. Montreal’s very cosmopolitan and culturally diverse, and it’s by far the friendliest major city I have ever visited. French Canadians welcome visitors and they are quite proud of their province. Public transportation is excellent, and the architecture, both old and new, is interesting. We saw buildings dating back to the 1700′s, and also brand new high-rises that dazzled the eye. The cuisine we sampled was varied and excellent.
We spent one night in Quebec City, a beautiful locale with much historic architecture and a breathtaking view of the St. Laurence Seaway. We stayed in a wonderful B & B operated by a friendly staff; they couldn’t do enough for us. The building dated back to the late 1800′s but was quite clean and comfortable, and our breakfast was great. I wished we could have stayed longer, but we had to leave for Maine, where we stayed in a friend’s cabin on a large lake, or “pond”, as they call them up there.
In Maine, we spent five days hiking, exploring, and boating. We even played nine holes of golf at Mount Kineo on Moosehead Lake. The weather was perfect for outdoor activities: sunny, dry and cool. The time flew by, and yesterday we returned to Florida and our island home. All was well when we arrived, and now it’s time to get back into the daily routines we follow here.
I’ve said this many times on this site: I think travel is the most enriching experience you can treat yourself to. You expose yourself to different ways of living and thinking, and different terrains. What’s better than that? You quickly realize there are different ways of living life, and differing social attitudes. I’ll say this, we did not encounter any angry or hostile people on our trip, only folks who were willing to help us in any way possible. I find that somewhat amazing, really. So I’m feeling very fortunate about the past ten days.