Travels in the Americas

A collection of trip reports, with photos. Mostly parts of Canada, but with some United States and a little bit of Central America. Images and titles link to details. Presented in reverse chronological order.


Vacation in Gananoque and area

October 6 to 11, 2019

Wherein we find that we quite like the Gananoque / 1000 Islands area.

We are once again very lucky with the Ontario fall weather.


25th wedding anniversary party: An inside look

May 6, 2017

Let’s invite some people to dinner, then rent a hall to have a dance! How hard could it be?



Fall 2015 vacation: Niagara-on-the-Lake, Finger Lakes, and Prince Edward County

October 2015

We had learned from 2013.

This time we didn’t go as far afield in Ontario as an adjunct to visiting Finger Lakes again.


Fall 2013 vacation: Timmins, Ottawa, and Finger Lakes

October 2013

In a little over a week, we went to Timmins, Ontario; Ottawa, Ontario; and Finger Lakes, New York.

This is too much driving, in case you were wondering.

Grand Canyon

Zion Sedona Grand Canyon Las Vegas

October 8 to 16, 2011

Overture, curtain, lights. This is it, we hit the heights. Scaling dizzying mountains and descending the grandest of canyons; staying in the fanciest ever hotel rooms, and encountering the biggest rock group of all time (in a sense). In Vegas and area.

Autumn leaves

Ontario 2010 Fall colour tour

October 2 to 11, 2010

Our trip through Northern Ontario, from October 2 to 11, 2010, wherein we discovered that Northern Ontario can rival France on the restaurant front. And pet a porcupine. (But not at the same time.)

Golden Gate Bridge

San Francisco, Yosemite, and Napa—All in one week! (Not in that order)

September 26 to October 4, 2009

Our first and, so far, only trip to California. We hiked in the heat in Yosemite, had too much wine in Napa and Sonoma, and took in the culture of San Francisco. Lovely state (at least back then).

Quebec flag

Quebec and Charlevoix region

Early June 2009

A better time of year to visit this area than on our first attempt. Quite a lovely getaway, with great weather and delicious food, despite my obsession with not overspending. Also notable: Our first time in PEC, and Gananoque did not impress us much.


Chicago weekend

May 8 to 12, 2008

Getting to Chicago an unusual way: by train.


Statue of Liberty

New York City weekend, 2008

March 20 to 23, 2008

During the year when it was hard for Jean to take a whole week off, so we did a number of long weekends not as far away. My second time in New York, and his first.


Costa Rica via Caravan bus tour

February 4 to 13, 2007

The first and, so far only, time we’ve been to Central America.

Also the first and, so far, only time we’ve traveled by bus tour.


Iles-de-la-Madeleine 2006

September 2 to 9, 2006

A week in this picturesque part of Canada, between Quebec and Prince Edward Island.

Sea, sand, wind, and wildlife.

Quebec City

Visiting the Charlevoix region

October 22 to 30, 2005

Our first trip to this region, with some other stops on the way.

Main lesson: Not the best time of year to go. 

Ferry on water

2004 Trip to Eastern Canada

July 3 to 17, 2004

Planes, trains boats, and automobiles… Not the most cost-effective way to get to and around the East Coast of Canada, but did make for an interesting and varied trip. We visited Montreal, Nova Scotia, PEI, Iles-de-la-Madeleine, and Quebec City.