Month: September 2015

Visiting Quebec.

A brief stay in Tadoussac, established as the first fur trading post in North America in anout 1600. First visited by Jaques Cartier in 1542.
A brief stay in Tadoussac, established as the first fur trading post in North America in anout 1600. First visited by Jaques Cartier in 1542.
24-person Zodiacs for whale watching.
24-person Zodiacs for whale watching.

A pod of Minke whales that surfaced dozens of times. Exciting!0

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A pod of Minke whales surfaced dozens of time very close to our boat. Also saw Belugas, but they kept their distance.
Another Minke, close to our boat.
Another Minke, close to our boat.
A replica of the first trading post in North America.
A replica of the first trading post in North America.

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The oldest wooden chapel in North America, with the newer church just above. They share the cemetary.
The oldest wooden chapel in North America, with the newer church just above. They share the cemetary.

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Brent, Phoebe and Daphne wading into the Atlantic in the Saint Lawrence Estuary.
Brent, Phoebe and Daphne wading into the Atlantic in the Saint Lawrence Estuary.

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On the back lawn of the Tadoussac Hotel, location for a movie called Hotel New Hampshire. Nice place.
On the back lawn of the Tadoussac Hotel, location for a movie called Hotel New Hampshire. Nice place to say au revoir to Quebec.
Basilica de Sainte Anne de Beaupre, about 35 km outside of Quebec City, on the way to the Charlevoix Region.
Basilica de Sainte Anne de Beaupre, about 35 km outside of Quebec City, on the way to the Charlevoix Region.
Interior of St.Anne's. Those are confessionals on the right side of the photo.
Interior of St.Anne’s. Those are confessionals on the right side of the photo.
The nave of St. Anne's.
The nave of St. Anne’s.

QC Hotel de Ville, aka City Hall.
QC Hotel de Ville, aka City Hall.
Street performers in QC.
Street performers in QC.
Brent and the girls with a bust of their old friend. Churchill and FDR met in Quebec City to discuss the resolution to WWII.
Brent and the girls with a bust of their old friend. Churchill and FDR met in Quebec City to discuss the resolution to WWII. His family bred Cavaliers, which is why so many are named Winston.
At the Citadel in Quebec City.
At the Citadel in Quebec City.
Artisans sell their work in the Old City.
Artisans sell their work in the Old City.
Public art in QC.
Public art in QC.
QC is Daphne's first encounter with these. Each time one passes she loses her little mind.
Quebec City is Daphne’s first encounter with these. Each time one passes she loses her little mind.
The exterior of our studio in Old QC.
The exterior of our studio in Old QC.
QC architecture.
QC architecture.
Monastery des Ursulines in Old QC.
Monastery des Ursulines in Old QC.
The cemetery inside the monastery.
The cemetery inside Monastery des Ursulines in QC.
The gate into Old Quebec City, the oldest walled city in North America.
The gate into Old Quebec City, the oldest walled city in North America.
Brent and the girls having espresso to say so long to our neighborhood and head toward Quebec City.
Brent and the girls having espresso to say so long to our neighborhood and head toward Quebec City.
A walking tour of the Village neighborhood of Montreal. Cool old homes and apartment buildings.
A walking tour of the Village neighborhood of Montreal. Cool old homes and apartment buildings.
Walking tour of the Village, continued.
Walking tour of the Village, continued.
More of the walking tour.
More of the walking tour.
Lovely parks like this are tucked into tiny comers throughout Montreal.
Lovely parks like this are tucked into tiny comers throughout Montreal.
A feeding frenzy at the Biodome.
A feeding frenzy at the Biodome in Montreal’s Olympic Park.
A poison frog at the Biodome.
A poison frog at the Biodome.
A beaver at the Biodome, swimming away from its observers.
A beaver at the Biodome, swimming away from its observers.
Penguins at the Biodome.
Penguins at the Biodome.
Piranha inside the Biodome.
Piranha inside the Biodome.
Brent using his head in an encounter with a cayman at the Biodome.
Brent using his head in an encounter with a cayman at the Biodome.
A visit to Montreal's Olympic Park from the 1976 games. Brent in the foreground with the Tower rising upward behind him.
A visit to Montreal’s Olympic Park from the 1976 games. Brent in the foreground with the Tower rising skyward behind him.
The Center of History of Montreal in the old city. Excellent exhibits.
The Center of History of Montreal in the old city. Excellent exhibits.
A carved 17th century powder horn, at the Center for History.
A carved 17th century powder horn, at the Center for History.
The pulpit.
The pulpit of the Basilique de Note Dame in Old Montreal.
Basilica de Note Dame in Old Montreal. Gorgeous Gothic Revival by 19th century architect James O'Donnell.
The altar of the Basilique de Note Dame in Old Montreal. Gorgeous Gothic Revival by 19th century architect James O’Donnell.
Stained glass window in the ceiling of the Basilica. Glows like a jewel.
Stained glass window in the ceiling of the Basilica. Glows like a jewel.
One of several chapels inside the basilica.
One of several chapels inside the Basilica.
Brent and Patty outside the basilica, in a light rain.
Brent and Patty outside the Basilica, in a light rain.
The organ.
The organ in the Basilica.
Petit dejuner sur la table de Chef Brent. Ooh lala!
Petit dejuner sur la table de Chef Brent. Ooh lala!
Exterioir of Montreal's old hospital of the Grey Nuns, in the old section of the City.
Exterioir of Montreal’s old hospital of the Grey Nuns, in the old section of the City.
Montreal's version of the little libraries a la Seattle and West Seaatle. Ou est la bibliotheque?
Montreal’s version of the little libraries a la Seattle and West Seaatle. Ou est la bibliotheque?
Across the street. Loved this architecture.
Across the street from our flat. Loved this architecture.
The girls with Patty at the bottom of the stairs leading to our flat in Montreal.
The girls with Patty at the bottom of the stairs leading to our flat in Montreal.
Our bedroom inside the flat.
Our bedroom inside the flat. Comfortable and basic.
The hallway between entry, bedroom and living space.
The hallway between entry, bedroom and living space.
Living room and kitchen.
Living room and kitchen.
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An interesting decorating idea, grouping three large spools of thread together on top of the picture rail and leaning them against the wall.

Canada’s largest province and the largest French-speaking territory in the world.



Touring Ontario.

Our campsite at White Lake Provincial Park. A lovely, warm evening.
Our campsite at White Lake Provincial Park. A lovely, warm evening.
CanadIan War Museum, as we bid adieu to Ottowa.
CanadIan War Museum, as we bid adieu to Ottowa.
Our last look at Ontario, a HUGE province, where the corn is as high as an elephant's eye.
Our last look at Ontario, a HUGE province.
Downtown Ottowa, Canada's capital city.
Downtown Ottowa, Canada’s capital city.
A large field of solar panels.
A large field of solar panels in the Ontario countryside.
A hint of fall color.
A hint of fall color.
Canadian humor, eh?
Canadian humor, eh?
Farewell to the Great Lakes. Heading to Montreal.
Farewell to the Great Lakes. Heading toward Montreal.
Brent surveying the bottom of the falls at Chutes.
Brent surveying the bottom of the falls at Chutes.
Public art in Wawa, Ontario.
Public art in Wawa, Ontario.
Lunch stop in Mattawa.
Lunch stop in Mattawa.
The falls near our campsite in Chutes Provincial Park.
The falls near our campsite in Chutes Provincial Park.
Refreshments on the beach at White Lake, just down the steps from our campsite. Followed soon thereafter by a full moon.
Refreshments on the beach at White Lake, just down the steps from our campsite. Followed soon thereafter by a full moon.

Crossed the border and camped at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park. 20150925_150159

A rock wall on the shore of Lake Superior.
A rock wall on the shore of Lake Superior.
An early morning visitor to our campaite.
An early morning visitor to our campsite.

Touring Minnesota.

Our cabin on the shore of Lake Burntside at Camp Van-Vac.
Our cabin on the shore of Lake Burntside at Camp Van-Vac.
Bill treated us to an early morning concert. Bach, mostly, and some folk tunes recorded by Sharon Isben.
Bill treated us to an early morning concert. Bach, mostly, and some folk tunes recorded by Sharon Isben.
Anne and Patty out at the point before sundown.
Anne and Patty out at the point before sundown.
Lake Burntside with the Boundary Waters in the distance. Gorgeous.
Lake Burntside with the Boundary Waters in the distance. Gorgeous.
On a trip into Ely with our generous hosts, Anne, Bill and Emma.
On a trip into Ely with our generous hosts, Anne, Bill and Emma. Anne fed us delicious treats all through our visit.

On our way to Ely to visit with beloved friends Anne and Bill at their cabin on Lake Burntside.

Paul Bunion and Babe the Blue Ox welcomed us to Bemidji.
Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox welcomed us to Bemidji.

Crossing North Dakota.

The girls are oblivious to the scenery. Naps are their priority.
The girls are oblivious to the scenery. Naps are their priority.
Teddy Roosevelt statue in Roosevelt Park, Minot, ND.
Teddy Roosevelt statue in Roosevelt Park, Minot, ND.
Camped at Grahams Island State Park near Devil's Lake, ND. A beautiful, quiet spot several hundred feet from shore under hardwood trees. Pitched the tent minus the rain fly due to clear skies. Found Cassiopeia visible during the night overhead through the top of the tent, a sight well worth the effort of camping.
Camped at Grahams Island State Park near Devil’s Lake, ND. A beautiful, quiet spot several hundred feet from shore under hardwood trees. Pitched the tent minus the rain fly due to clear skies. Found Cassiopeia visible during the night overhead through the top of the tent, a sight well worth the effort of camping.
Rugby, ND. Literally the geographical center of North America.
Rugby, ND. Literally the geographical center of North America.

Lunch stop at Roosevelt Park Zoo (as in Teddy.)
Lunch stop at Roosevelt Park Zoo (as in Teddy.)

20150921_105017The grand themes of Dvorak’s New World Symphony provided the soundtrack for this big, grand landscape. Blue sky and only wispy clouds. A gorgeous drive.

Oil country. Jobs and business are booming here.
Oil country. Jobs and business are booming here.

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Crossing Montana.

An early morning traffic jam.
An early morning traffic jam.
Nancy Griffith was the soundtrack for our journey through big sky country.
Nancy Griffith was the soundtrack for our journey through big sky country.
Brent found Sleeping Buffalo Hot Springs, which brought us warmer temps (compared with Glacier Park) and the delights of soaking in 106 degree mineral water.
Brent found Sleeping Buffalo Hot Springs, which brought us warmer temps (compared with Glacier Park) and the delights of soaking in 106 degree mineral water.

A very, very big state, rich in history of the American West.

Following The Road to the Sun.

Peaks on the way up to Logan Pass.
Peaks on the way up to Logan Pass.
In the valley below and East of Logan Pass, and after crossing the Continental Divide.
In the valley below and East of Logan Pass, and after crossing the Continental Divide.
Is Wylie Coyote coming through this tunnel?
Is Wylie Coyote coming through this tunnel?
Standing dead forest left by the Trapper Fire of 2005.
Standing dead forest left by the Trapper Fire of 2005.

Birdwoman Falls.
Birdwoman Falls.
Three remaining glacier remnants.
Three remaining glacier remnants.

Spectacular scenery, and much cooler temps here. Only 25 of the original 100 glaciers remain. Scientists predict they will be gone within two decades.