Sunday, December 8, 2013

Mount Royal and Summer 2013

Mount Royal. Mont Royal. Mont Real. Montreal. Oh, I see now.

For the long 4th of July weekend, Jenny and I took a quick trip to Montreal (see the origin of the name above). We left Friday morning on an early flight, and then spent the next few days enjoying the sights of beautiful Montreal. We started with a quick hike up the city's namesake, then followed that up with the city's famous delicacy- a smoked meat sandwich at Schwart's (no photos, sorry). After a subsequent hour-long meat coma, we took advantage of the city's bike share, riding around the islands in the St. Lawrence Seaway and ending up at a bar on the Lachine Canal- very cool.

We also were lucky to enjoy the world-famous Montreal Jazz Festival, which happened to be ending the weekend we were there. We caught some blues, jazz, and even a little reggae.

And we ended the weekend with another lovely ride along the Lachine Canal. A summer weekend in Montreal definitely showed the city's quirk and charm, although I hear winter can be a whole different story... I guess I'll have to come back and check it out then!

The summer was also filled with parents' visits,

twin's visits (and the Rain Room!!!),

Book of Mormon lottery winners (life has been less funny by comparison since then...),

the Colbert Report,

and barge bars in the Hudson River.

With the end of the summer came big changes, including the decision to leave my job (and consequently leave New York), as well as Jenny's move to Tucson. My second time in New York ensured that the city will always have a place in my heart. I see why so many people can never quite say goodbye to this city.

Stay tuned for the next chapter- 350 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail and four weeks in Patagonia. 

The beginning of a new act.

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