Off on a 10-month road trip…
The Laurentians -where we live- is a ski area and skiing is a great way to enjoy winter. Yet, sometimes the cold can really get to you. Especially after too many days of -35C.
One day in early February we were on the lift at Mont-Tremblant, where we have always had a season pass, and it was freezing cold for what felt like the 1000th day in a row.
We had discussed it before, but never really seriously…however, it was on the ski lift that day that Gino and I decided that this was the year we would see what it is like to live without winter.
How? A whole lot needed to happen! We are business owners, home owners and have school aged children. Most people don’t just pick up and drive away for a year….yet we are not most people. Our business is now in the hands of our wonderful manager, our home is rented for 10 months and our children are registered for home-schooling. So we are off from the end of August until sometime in June in our 2007 Mazda 5.
Itinerary? To be assured to escape the winter, yet to be still in the same time-zone as our business, we decided to drive to mexico. The road-trip to get there will take us 8 weeks down the east-coast of USA (with a 2 week detour to Halifax!) and then we will spend 6 months in Mexico. Hopefully learning to surf and speak spanish. Also – we are looking forward to exploring the local culture. Once our 6-month visa expires in Mexico, we will spend another 8 weeks along the west coast of the USA before returning to Quebec.
Sanja (dog) – our loyal 12 year old lab/german mix who we just couldn’t leave home.
Diana (mama) – originally from Dartmouth, NS and for the last 18years has been held hostage in Quebec.
Gino (papa) – completely in love with (American) Football and might find himself a bit lost in the Mexican (soccer) Football world.
Millie (little girl) – as long as she has dress-up clothes and can sing, it doesn’t matter where she is.
Andy (little boy) – “Andy, what toy would you like to bring on our trip?” Andy: “Sticks and rocks!” Good, we’ll find those in mexico.
Toques? / Tuques?
Well we have worn them our whole lives. In the Laurentian mountains, they get used from Sept-May (that is 3/4′s of the year!) and even though we won’t “need” them on our trip, we would feel a bit naked without them. So – they will show up in our photos.
Urbain Dictionary: “Toque” - the ultimate in high Canadian fashion. worn year round whether it’s cold or warm outside. and yes it does get warm in Canada!