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Tank’s venture to the north. Part 1.

Vacation, what a pleasant sound to my ear. So it happened, my long planned trip to Canada, at least a part of it, came to life, falling on a New Year holidays, that doubles the fun. Expectedly after a short snow storm on Christmas, weather came back to it’s original state, meaning a cold, dull and humid New York City. I didn’t want to stay in this snow forsaken megapolis, so on the 29th of December I shall be outta here.

And so we were on. 9 hour drive and 375 miles were ahead.
Grabbing a midnight coffee and petrol on the gas station in New Jersey.

As expected 9 hours later we arrived at the hotel, descent room, quite spacious.

View out of the window.

Was quite surprised that there was a small kitchenette. First time seeing a hotel suite with a kitchen.

Invariable hotel room bible, in both English and French. Kagamin~ looks confused.

Grabbing a snack at a super market. Adonis – a network of mid eastern cuisine joints.

Had a rice with sea food. Very, very delicious.
And that was actually the end of day 1.
We drove from New York to Montreal over night, ad as it turned out to be that was quite a big mistake. The assumption was, that we’ll arrive at Montreal early in the morning and shall have all day ahead of us. Wrong! First, we crashed at the hotel and slept for about 3 hours, after that was just running my friend’s errands. Frankly saying whole day went in a haze.

Day 2. Being an avid hiker, my first point of interest was local mountain, more like a hill, I might say.
Mont Royal, overlooks the city and can be seen from almost any street. Not mentioning that our hotel was right on it’s foothill.
Going there I didn’t set my expectations to see a wild forest, no. It’s one of the main tourist attractions and a  landmark, but most of the lazy, bloated tourists arrive to the parking lot on the other side of the mountain pay 10 bucks and stroll a couple hundred feet to the summit. Well, for real tourists there is another way to get to the top – a so called “serpentine” road, that waved along the slopes.

God, walking there I couldn’t help myself noticing how much do I miss a snowy forest. Pure wight blanket covering  the ground, trees and bushes. Crackling sound of ice falling from the top of the trees, and absolute calmness.

A ski track going up the road, haven’t seen those for years.

Breaking through several feet of snow I finally reached the summit with observation deck on top.

One out of five, if I counted correctly, radio towers located on this mountain.

Looks like an old hunting mansion, turned into a resting place for tourists.

Insides are decorated nicely.

View over Center-Ville from the summit.

Peculiar find. An arrow pointing to a landmark.

Ri-ight there…


Kyoka-tyama, had her photo taken as well.

While, Miku was learning about the history of Montreal.

And then, out of nowhere, a bloody squirrel! Cha-arge!!!

As it turned out to be, around the trail there are plenty of bird feeders. Birds occasionally drop the seeds on the  ground, where it becomes squirrel’s bounty. There are dozens of this furry critters scattered throughout the trail.

Ones, that are afar from the observation deck don’t come too close. But those brats that flock near the summit and main  tourist route are so spoiled that won’t mind climb on your lap for a bit of food.

As I noticed, for most of the bloated tourists, here observation deck is the main and only stop in their iteriary. Sad, they miss so much. As I ventured further into the mountain I discovered that there’s a road, circling around the top of the mountain.

View from the other side. St. Joseph’s Oratory (Oratoire Saint-Joseph) standing tall with it’s dome.

Kyoka-tyama: -My foots is all wet! And cold, and really, really wet! And cold!

-Well, you didn’t want to take a sledge ride. Don’t like the smell, I know…

Another landmark, and yet another radio tower.

And a final accord – a bush branches covered with thin crust of ice. Utterly magnificent, yet very brittle.

Going back, almost at the foothill.

Later that day I had a Poutine at local market place’s food court. Which was really delicious.
Poutine, is a deep fried potato strips aka “french fries” with a gravy and melted cheese. It is indigenous to this area, and its name originates from a place in Quebeck province. As I’ve suggested by the locals, one of the best Poutine is being served at “Belle Province” [bell`e prov`ance] which means beautiful countryside. It is a chain of fast food-like restaurants. Get your Poutine there, you won’t regret it. I didn’t.

As for the late supper – PadThai with Miku, at the same food court, was scowing around the area a lot this day.
Quite good, I must say.

Part 2 will cover day 3 and perhaps 4.

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