|Creating a joint vacation at Ausable Chasm and Lake Placid, NY with my Danish brother's family was excellent|
For our vacation, I found two different friends with plans sort of nearby each other, but on the other side of the USA to us. It involved a flight to Vermont, then a car rental we used to see Montreal, New York, and Vermont. We spent just over a week vacationing with friends and even had a couple of days by ourselves to do some exploring. It was exactly what I needed.
If you're making a plan to drive outside the USA, don't forget to have your passports, a GPS that can be used outside the US (that speaks English), and if you're bringing minors with you, you may need a letter from the other parent giving you permission to take them. I say all this not because I was so prepared, but because of what I learned from the experience. I had a hard time bringing my son with me into Canada and they asked for a letter, which I didn't realize I needed. Luckily we managed with a phone call, but it took awhile as my husband didn't answer the first two attempts because he didn't recognize the phone number. I also found myself driving to Canada using the GPS and suddenly the maps went blank about 5 miles inside of Canada. Then I tried to reprogram it and got only the French language. Oops! I plugged in the address to my iPhone thinking it was a good back up plan, only to find there was no signal since we were outside the realm of our cell providers. Thank goodness I had printed a mapquest map which helped me find the general location, but I've been spoiled by technology, and it's not as easy as it used to be for me to drive without someone telling me where to go, especially when I deviate from the pre-mapped route.
|Breakfast on the patio|
As usual, I rely heavily on trip advisor for suggestions on what to do and where to eat. We found this little gem of a bakery, Mamie Clafoutis, and stocked up on picnic items.
|Mamie Clafoutis has everything you need for a picnic|
|A view of Montreal at night as seen from the island|
|Mosaicultures Internationales at the Botanic Gardens included some huge creations|
|Lake Placid cottages are called camps and are accessible only by boat|
|Every summer vacation should include an opportunity to burn some marshmallows outdoors|