Camping


Montreal to the Northeast Kingdom

Montreal to the Northeast Kingdom

The Northeast Kingdom is just 2.5 hours from Montreal. It's east of the main spine of the Green Mountain Range. Although the whole state feels like "the green mountains", the Northeast Kindgom, physiographically called the Northeast Highlands, is a more rolling terrain than the mountains to the west.

Vacations on our way to an empty-ish nest

Vacations on our way to an empty-ish nest

Our children are practically adults now and will be choosing for themselves what to do with their leisure time and how to fund that leisure. Whatever they choose, we don't feel a responsibility anymore to keep the gang together and create summer vacation memories.

What counts as vacation, anyway?

What counts as vacation, anyway?

It's taken me many years of adult life to feel comfortable with my own family's version of family vacation, which has been an evolving hybrid of traveling to visit family, camping and backpacking, and working roadtrips.

A refuge in the Laurentians

A refuge in the Laurentians

This sense of possibility, this large swath of low-rise mountains just to our north full of trails that go over over peaks and through valleys, by lakes, rivers and waterfalls, with places to stay along the way (summer camping and winter cabins) has infused me with a sense of hope that I might be able to call southern Quebec home for the next decade of my life, maybe longer.

How we take working vacations

How we take working vacations

Working vacations have allowed our family to go on some significant road trips, spend weeks and months in beautiful places, and have amazing experiences together. And we've done all this for minimal cost.

High Summer ~ Family, Travel & Outdoors

High Summer ~ Family, Travel & Outdoors

Making new friends and sharing hospitality; music, dancing, and singing; celebrating and participating in creativity; the beauty of the countryside always reminds me that the world is a wonderful place to be.

Camping as the means to an end

Camping as the means to an end

If you want to go places as a family and have cool experiences, but don't have a Disneyland or truck and trailer budget to do that, there are other options. Camping is the option that has worked best for us.