7/2/14

Burdens go East!

Remember this??  I hope you blacked it out. ;-)
I hate to bring it up, but... remember last winter? It was awful and eternal. In case you are one of those lucky people living in a state where your skin doesn't instantaneously freeze upon exiting a building half the year, just imagine sitting in a dark cellar for six months. In wet clothes. While a fan blows on you and depressing music plays in the background. That's almost what last winter was like. 

Anyway, back when we were all barely clinging to sanity in the midst of all that suffocating snowfall, John and I took little mental escape trips by dreaming about our 2014 summer: specifically our Great Canadian Road Trip! From Michigan over to Ontario, through Quebec and New Brunswick to the beautiful laid back island of Prince Edward and then home again via Maine, New York State, and Ontario again (as well as few "drive by" hours in a couple other states). Those summer dreams kept us slogging through the snow and now that the sun has warmed faces and browned our lawns our dreams are becoming a blissful reality! 

The Burdens are going on a road trip! 

We're squishing our tent and camping gear (and food and luggage and toys and lots of other crap) into the back of our Corolla, strapping our four-year-old into his carseat (don't hate us Arie!) and heading East! 

Things will be a little quiet on the blog for the next couple weeks, but you are invited to follow along via Instagram and I'm sure I'll slow down the internet by sharing way too many photos upon our return. 

If you're from or have visited Montreal, Quebec City, PEI, Portland, Bar Harbor or Lake George please leave me your "must sees/must dos/must eats" in the comments or on Facebook!  

Happy July and I will "see" you all in a few weeks!

xo

15 comments:

  1. But you are missing "God's Country" as my home province of N.S. is known!

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    1. If only we had more time we would have LOVED to visit NS!!

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  2. Yay! Roadtrips are fun - happy travels to you!

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  3. So jealous! I want to go on that road trip! I hope you guys have a blast.

    In Quebec City make sure you walk along the boardwalk and eat a Beaver Tail. Oh and get a poutine at Chez Ashton!

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    1. Poutine is on our list!! ;-) Thanks!

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  4. I can't believe I wasn't already following you on IG!!! Fixed that problem :) Have a great trip!

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    1. Ha! Glad to have you follow along! I'll have to find you on there too!

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  5. Anonymous7/03/2014

    The beaches in PEI are really lovely! Brackley Beach = huge sand dunes. If you are/were ever into Anne of Green Gables, visiting Green Gables is a must. Have a safe trip!

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  6. This is my area of the world and I have to brag a little that it is the best place in the world. In Montreal the Biodome is a must see. You get to walk through the animals habitats, it's so beautiful. And I think smoked meat in Montreal is a must eat. The insecterrium is pretty neat too. New Brunswick is awesome and where I'm from originally. Must do is Fundy Park, you can see the worlds highest tides and play on great parks. You can camp there too and it's a full facility. Also you can walk into the town of Alma for the worlds best sticky buns. St Andrews is a beautiful spot with whale watching and an aquarium. Sussex (my home town) has a drive in theatre that runs on the weekends and it's really fun. Moncton has a great water park right beside a great zoo. On a rainy day there is an indoor amusement park Crystal Palace. There is also a great beach just outside of Moncton. In Prince Edward Island there is endless things to do like Cavendish beach, glow in the dark mini golf and Grandpa's old timey photo is a must. You get to dress up like people from different decades and get your photo taken, Arie would look so cute dressed up as a cowboy.

    Sorry this was a lot, but I really love my east coast home. If you want anymore information feel free to contact me (ig @ourmisfitisle)

    Have so much fun!

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  7. Wow, that is an awesome road trip! I have to echo much of what the above poster said. We drive from NS to Toronto every year and have been to PEI a few times as well. Montreal, the kids love the Botantical Gardens and also the Vieux Port ie the waterfront. Quebec City, park in Levis and take the ferry over to the Old City. Tour the Citadel! Lots of cannons for climbing. A good stop thru New Brunswick is the Potato Musuem in Florenceville. The kids love it and it is between Edmundston and Fredericton. Arie might also get a kick out of the Worlds Largest Axe in Nackawic! Magic Mountain is the water park and zoo outside Moncton and they are awesome. Parlee Beach is in Shediac and also pretty fun. For PEI, camp at Marco Polo land, so much to do with several pools and playgrounds. Shining Waters and Sandspit are the local amusement parks, plus Cavendish beach is beautiful. And, head to North Rustico for a lobster supper! I hope you all have a wonderful trip!!

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  8. Anonymous7/06/2014

    St. Anne de Beapre is a church known for it's miracles. I think it is in Quebec. Have a great trip!

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  9. I second St. Anne de Beaupre--it is beautiful and definitely worth a trip. We are close to Lake George. It is very scenic. Our three year old loved a steamboat ride and the town itself is adorable. If you have the time, Saratoga Springs is slightly south and really amazing. It has a wonderful downtown with lots of cute restaurants and cafes (Mrs. London's bakery is the best). Congress park has an antique carousel you can ride and SPAC and the yaddo gardens would make for amazing photo backgrounds. Even if you aren't into horse racing, you can watch the horses train in the mornings for free, and it is pretty amazing. Lots of people bring kids. If you are heading west after Lake George, Adirondack Animal Land is great.

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  10. Hey, Jill! I met you at Julia's bachelorette/ wedding. If you three are swinging through Boston and are sick of camping, let me know! We have a comfy guest room and a large (for Boston) backyard. My parents so appreciated John's ministry at Providence and we'd be happy to host you. Catch me on FB if you're interested. (Grace Van't Hof)

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  11. Your little boy is adorable ! I have 3 kids, the middle child is adopted from Russia (Moscow region, Vidnoye ). We adopted in 2002, he was 8 months old when we brought him home. I guess I'm feeling nostalgic and have been reading blogs about Russian adoption. He's 12 1/2 now and we never have had any issues, so after 12 years, the whole adopted part just sort of fades away. I've bed reading The Cider House Rules which takes place in an orphanage.

    Anyways, I wish you luck in your endeavor to add to your family.

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