Friday, July 20, 2012

Vive le Quebec!

It's been a few weeks since I finished the tour, but I still think it's worth sharing some of my experiences.  One thing about the tour that stands out a lot is how beautiful the province of Quebec is.  I think it's also under-appreciated by the rest of Canada because they're afraid to immerse themselves in French language and French culture and/or they are biased against the Quebecois.  I'm OK with that--it means I can keep it as my own little secret, as I am content to struggle along in my broken, highschool French.

Yeah, Quebec is almost like its own little country, with its casse croutes, dairy bars and insanely fast drivers.  Some of the backroads were pretty badly surfaced and there were a lot of really steep hills.  But that just added to the charm... (also, those flies... !)

For more beautiful pictures from La Belle Provence, check out my Flickr page:

Friday, June 29, 2012

Life's a Beach

I found this secluded beach on the N. shore of the St. Laurent. Looks idyllic, eh?  If you don't mind walking the rest of the day with cement overshoes...

Lets give this another try.  Here's a pretty beach.

Here's a nice place to make a fire.  Wonder why no one else has discovered this place yet?  Maybe if I play some guitar I can attract some others.  It'll be just like Wreck Beach in Van!

Nighttime.  Time to settle down in my tent and listen to the sounds of the sea.

Ahhhh...  the sounds of the sea.  Errrr, the sounds of the sea.  Perhaps a bit too close...
(It's hard to see in the photo, but the water is only about two feet from the tent.)

1:00 AM, the tides moving out again, I can stop pulling my tent back.  I'll just pin it between these three rocks and settle down for a nice sleep.  At least until 6:00 AM when the tide's back out again...

At least I get to see the sun rise!