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Montreal Formula One Weekend.

June, and another weekend trip has come and gone. This month had me doing a few different and out of my comfort zone types of things.

I took a trip to Montreal Canada for the Canadian Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Formula One race. I stayed at the Delta Montreal, a Marriot property. I roomed with an internet friend, who is from Calgary Canada, my outside my comfort zone item, I have never roomed with anyone outside my family.


Fridays work day ended early as we had a customer cancel for the week. I had five and a half hour drive ahead of me, barring any traffic issues. It was a nice, clear day, giving me a comfortable drive. The roads where mostly traffic free. I made a couple of stretching stops along the way. The first spot where I hit any kind of traffic or backup was at the border. It took me a little over forty five minutes to get through the border. Not a big deal, I had my passport ready, answered a few questions to the border guard and I was on my way through the last stint of my drive.

The biggest traffic I hit came just outside of Montreal, crossing the big bridge going into the city. Traffic was due to a lot of road construction going on the bridge and cost me a good half hour of just putting along.

Arriving at the Delta, I parked in the underground garage of the hotel, and there is where my car sat for the weekend. The package that we got included unlimited usage of the transit system. Along with the transit pass our package included a room with two beds, two sets of weekend tickets to the race, two copies of the race program, two lanyards, a calendar which I gave to my friend and few smaller items. I thought the whole package was a great deal.

My friend arrived before me, got us checked in and got the room comfortable. When I got there, it was about dinner time, a quick shower, a check with the concierge for a local restaurant, we decided on Italian, and out the door we went. In this early part of the evening the city was alive, crowds of people just streaming along everywhere. Because it was a race weekend in the city there were all sorts of events going on about the city. Unfortunately, because it was such a busy night, the restaurant we went to was way to busy, with a long wait time. After walking around for a little over an hour and finding the same thing everywhere, we decided to go back to the hotel and check the on premise restaurant, and if it was too busy we planned on ordering room service.

It was around 9:30 when we got back to the hotel. We found the restaurant still open and rather quiet, we were seated immediately. After ordering beverages and our dinner, I got a pulled pork sandwich and my friend ordered the burger. The order took a bit longer to arrive than we had expected. The pulled pork sandwich was alright, came with an order of fresh cut French fries. My friend said the burger was the best he had ever had, and is still talking about how good it was. This started a trend for the weekend for us, we ended up eating in the hotel restaurant for the entire weekend.

Saturday we spent the day walking around old Montreal, admiring the architecture, browsing souvenir shops and enjoying the local foods. I had not had eaten poutine before and had planned on trying some whilst I was in Montreal. We found a nice little restaurant that served poutine, and another local favorite, Montreal Smoked meat sandwiches. Had an enjoyable day walking around and talking with my friend.


Saturday brought us to the race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. We had awesome seats, right across from the pit lane. It was fun being able to watch the cars come in for their pit stops. The race started out with a bang, a lap one. A big incident on the first corner that took out the local driver, Lance Stroll. It was kinda sad to see this happen.


After the first lap, the race was not to very exciting, but it was still fun to be at the race. I was glad to see Sebastian Vettel win the race, putting him in the lead for the season. After the race we walked around the track, more for avoiding the crowds headed to the subway than any other reason.

Back to the hotel for a relaxing evening, talking about the day with another friend of ours that was planning on attending with us but somethings happened that made him cancel his trip with us.

After a good nights sleep we got our selves ready for our respective trips home. I was driving and my friend was flying home to Calgary. After a little over six hours of driving I arrived home, safely.

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Posted by on July 19, 2018 in Travel, Weekend Trips


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Weekend To The Past


Wallingford/Meridian Hilton Gardens Inn

Not the Best of Starts

After a long drive from work to the inn I was looking forward to a nice weekend. Check in with Chrissi was smooth and effortless and she informed me of all the amenities available to me. A cheery smile for the start of my weekend.

My room was inviting, clean and the air conditioning was running and the temperature was comfortable. I was looking forward to a nice weekend, then I used the microwave. Unfortunately, this caused a problem in my room, I think it may have popped a circuit breaker. I understand that these kinds of things happen and I was not upset. What matters in these instances is what happens next.

What happened next was great customer service. A quick call to the front desk to see if anything could be done about this. As it was later in the night the maintenance staff had gone home for the evening. As this had also caused my fridge to stop working and I had stuff that needed to be in there I needed something done about it. Sunni was great at solving my problem, she had a new room for me, got my key card changed and I was in the new room in less than half hour. And my weekend continued on without another hitch.

Sleeping was good, comfortable bed and not a whisper of noise from the outside. Waking up refreshed and ready to take on the new day I went to the in hotel restaurant for breakfast. A mix of made to order and buffet style. A fresh made omelet, a bit of sausage from the kitchen and some toast from the buffet. Breakfast was quick and delicious.

Off for a day of adventure.

Returning to my room after a long day was refreshing. My room was cleaned and the bed made and ready for me for my second night. Another night of quiet, restful sleep followed by a fresh breakfast.

Check out was smooth and easy. The option to have my receipt emailed to me and turn in my key card had me out the door and on my ride home in just minutes.

Thank you to the staff of the Wallingford/Meridian Hilton Garden Inn for showing me such great customer service.

Wallingford 99 Restaurant

Meal Deal for Me

The Wallingford 99 has a very comfortable country feel to its atmosphere. There was no wait for me when I went in for my dinner.

I started with a bowl of corn chowder, the soup of the day, when I ordered the waitress suggested that I take the three course meal deal and I decided that was a good idea. The chowder had a nice creamy texture to it with plenty of clams and potato.

My main course choice was sirloin steak with fried shrimp combo with fries and a side salad. The steak was cooked perfectly to my taste (med rare), the fries where well cooked and crispy, the shrimp was deep fried and very tasty and the salad was nice and fresh. Quite enjoyable dinner.

For dessert I went with the Peanut Butter Brownie Petite Treat (petites are the selection for the meal deal). Decadent is the only word that came to mind while I was eating this delicious treat. A peanut butter brownie topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and drizzled with some chocolate syrup, this and a glass of cold milk made for a great ending to a wonderful dinner.

The Shore Line Trolley Museum

Trains In The Sun

What a beautiful day for a short trolley ride. I enjoy trains and trolley rides and learning their histories.

The museum building itself is not large but a lot of information and displays are packed into the small space. There are a few interactive displays that can be played with as well as plenty of historic articles and paperwork on display as well. There is also a good selection of items at the gift shop.

There is also a trolley ride available. The ride takes you through the museums train yard and then through the woods and marsh. The ride is under an hour long. On the way back to the main trolley stop at the museum there is also a stop in the train yard where you get a guided tour of the buildings housing many different trolleys, subway cars and busses. A great walk through the history of public transportation. Included in the collection of cars is one of the two subway cars that survived in the World Trade Center garage.

A great place to visit if you are into trains or the history of transportation.


In Between

The ride from the trolley museum to Dinosaur State Park was a little over a half hour. When I left the museum it was a beautiful, sunny day. About half way to the park it started raining, really raining, to the point that I had to slow to a crawl on the highway.

Dinosaur State Park

Dinosaur Tracks In The Rain

On the day of my visit to the Dinosaur State Park the park was celebrating its 50th anniversary. Unfortunately, that day was also sporting heavy rains. A lot of the outside activities where not happening. Fortunately, there is plenty to see on the inside.

The park itself was created as the result of finding a large area of petrified dinosaur tracks. The main building was constructed over the large area of the petrified lake bed. Around the open area above the tracks are plenty of other prehistoric exhibits, dioramas and displays. There is also a discovery room with loads of hands on stuff for the younger visitors to explore.

I enjoyed my visit to the museum, I only wish I could have taken the walk around the outside. I may plan another visit in the future for the purpose walking the grounds.



Panda Garden

Surprise, I Got Takeout

My plans for the evening, get on a conference call with a couple of my friends and watch the final Tragically Hip concert. Take out was my best option, it gave a dinner as well as some finger foods to snack on during the concert.

My choices where Crab Rangoon, Beef Teriyaki, Boneless Spare Ribs and Pork Lo Mein. I prefer lo mein over rice personally.

The Crab Rangoon where a little bigger than I am used to, the crust was nice and crispy and they were very well filled. They had a very rich flavor and filling. The Beef Teriyaki was. Beef Teriyaki. Nothing more to really say about the Beef Teriyaki. The Boneless Spare Ribs were also a bit bigger than I am used to, they were well sauced and very tender. The Pork Lo Mein had a nice sauce to it that was rich in flavor but not too spicy.

The evening plans for me as I said was to watch the Tragically Hip’s final concert. I have a friend in Calgary Canada who got me interested into the band, I do wish that had happened many more years ago as I have found to enjoy the band a great deal. Relaxing in my room with my tablet connected to the television for the show and on Skype with my buddy in Canada made for a very relaxing evening and a very cool last night of the weekend.

Sunday morning came after a nice relaxing nights sleep. The drive home was uneventful and under a nice sky.

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Posted by on November 15, 2016 in Travel, Weekend Trips


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Cog Railway to Mount Washington



As has been the norm for me this past summer, August was no exception. This time around it was a trip to take the Cog Railway to the summit of Mount Washington and a visit to the weather station located where the worst weather of the US can be found.



The Mount Washington Cog Railway is a first of its kind. Built in the mid 1800’s for the purpose of ferrying tourists to the top of the mountain.


Picture ot the tracks up the side of the mountain taken from about 7 miles away.

Being so steep the train needs a special way of getting of getting it self up the mountain. This is where the cog comes into use, it actually walks itself up the special track.


Pic of the cog on the bottom of the steam train.

The ride up the mountain is a hour long providing some amazing views of the surrounding area which consists of the presidential mountain range. Unfortunately it was a bit to cloudy to get any good pics of the mountain range.


After the ride up there is an hour spent at the Mount Washington State Park.


One of the things that I found interesting was the restored mountain top hotel.


It was a place to provide hikers of the Appalachian trail a warm place to eat and sleep for a night.


Although not the most comfortable of hotels, for a hiker it was like a luxury stay.



Taking a ride through history, I would say it was a very fun day for me.











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Posted by on September 28, 2014 in Life as it is, Travel


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Conway Scenic Railroad Trip

Conway Scenic Railroad

Last weekend I went for a short weekend trip. Left Friday from work for a 3 hour drive north from where I live. The day was really nice for a drive, windows open and the radio playing, one of my favorite places to be.

A Scene from the road

This is a trip I have been planning for about eight months. Last summer I had taken a couple of day trips to North Conway and had even taken the shorter train trips that are offered from the station but I really wanted to take the five hour trip and the only way I could do that was to stay the night before to be at the station in time to board the train.

North Conway Scenic Railroad Station


The ride is a 5 hour round trip to Crawford Station, right next to the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Highland Station.

Crawford Notch Panoramic 360 degree view


The ride has some amazing vistas to view and the conductor gives some history about the railway and the area as well.



One of the more noteworthy parts of the trip and history of the railway was the Frankenstein Trestle, named after cliff over which it spans.


I enjoyed my the train ride so much that I have already booked passage for mid October when the foliage is at its peak.

At the end of the day I went to a scenic view rest area up the road from my hotel and did some experimenting with my new cameras settings. The pic on the left is my favorite, the pic on the right is the same area and taken at about the same time just to show differences in exposures.



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Posted by on June 29, 2014 in Life as it is, Travel


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