Mind over Matter: Stuff I cared about at the time

  • Going out of Business!

    As a kid in high school, I loved reading through the catalogs that came in the mail. Biking catalogs were a favorite. Bike Nashbar and Performance Bicycle I remember. Campmor was another with all kinds of cool outdoorsy gear. But one of the most interesting that came in our mailbox was the Hidalgo Sunglasses catalog. […]

  • A Very Placid Day

    Today we spend largely in the Lake Placid area, after an excellent breakfast at the ADK Cafe on Rt. 73 where Emma had the best French Toast she’s ever had, made with homemade bread. From there, it was just a few miles up the road to Lake Placid, and on the way we stopped at […]

  • Keene to get back to the U.S. of A.

    Today was largely a travel day, but we did start the day with fresh from the boulangerie croissants, etc. On our way out of town, we stopped at one final attraction, St. Joseph’s Oratory on Mount Royal. It really is an amazing shrine, and many people were passing through at the same time as us. […]

  • Last Full Day in Montreal

    Today’s forecast looked pretty good in the morning, with an increased chance of rain in the afternoon, so we decided to head over to the Botanical Gardens early, and make our way over to the BioSphere later, since we’d be mostly inside. The gardens were lovely and we got to see many styles of garden, […]

  • Trip Tech

    I used to have a Linksys Travel Router that I’d bring with me on trips. It was one I’d bought on eBay and had loaded special 3rd party firmware (dd-wrt) onto it. But it became unreliable. So naturally, I bought another one. But this time I decided not to complicate my life by changing the […]

  • Night Lights

    So tonight, after dinner, we took another walk through parts of Old Montreal, for the light show. Apparently, there’s been an ongoing effort to add lighting effects to many old buildings to showcase some of their architectural details. The highlight of the tour is certainly Notre Dame Cathedral.

  • A Full Day of Montreal

    When we woke up this morning, and started planning our day, it was drizzly, and the forecast called for possible rain until mid afternoon. So we planned more of an indoorsy day, including the Underground City and a Metro trip out to the BioSphere but by the time we were ready to go, the rain […]

  • Zip, Basin, Montreal!

    We started our day, as planned, with an early departure from our lodge, and headed out for our big adventure of the day — “ziplining” at Alpine Adventures, but before that we did make a stop for breakfast at the White Mountain Bagel Co. We noticed that some of the tour guides from Alpine Adventures […]

  • Rock Hounds

    While the highlight of the day could arguably have been breakfast at Munroe’s Family Restaurant, which was awesome, probably a stronger case could be made for our next stop, which was Ruggle’s Mine. Visiting old mines and quarries is a favorite activity of ours on vacation, and Ruggles was a pretty good example. It had […]

  • NERT

    We begin our NorthEast Road Trip with a couple of nights in New Hampshire. We left after a full day of work on Friday, hitting the road just before 5:00 to join the other crazy people in the mad rush North out of The City. Shortly after, we realized that 40% of us lacked sneakers, […]