2012 美加东部自驾游回顾

2012 美加东部自驾游回顾

第一天:北弗吉尼亚州至波士顿

第二天:波士顿

第三天:波士顿至鳕鱼角

第四天:鳕鱼角

第五天:鳕鱼角

第六天:鳕鱼角至波士顿

第七天:波士顿至缅因州厄尔斯沃斯

第八天:厄尔斯沃斯至加拿大芳地国家公园

第九天:芳地国家公园及芳地海岸线

第十天:芳地国家公园至新斯科舍省哈利法克斯

第十一天:哈利法克斯至新不伦瑞克省坎贝尔墩

第十二天:坎贝尔墩至魁北克省泊塞

第十三天:泊塞及探险岛

第十四天:泊塞至魁北克省里莫斯基

第十五天:里莫斯基至魁北克城

第十六天:魁北克城至蒙特利尔

第十七天:蒙特利尔至纽约州依萨卡

第十八天:依萨卡至北弗吉尼亚州(回家)

第十九天:意犹未尽及心得分享

如果这次你觉得我的自驾游还有点意思的话,你可能会对我的另一次更长的、横穿美国的自驾游感兴趣。我已经将那次的经历码字成书: 横穿美国的夏天, 你可以去 Amazon购买 (仅限于北美和欧洲)或者直接从 我的个人网站购买签名版(仅限于北美)。当然,你也可以直接在我的网站上查看图片。

A Cross-Country Summer

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2012 US-CA Road Trip, Day 19: Day after trip, wandering in the neighborhood

Our road trip has ended. Because of some weather-induced changes in our schedule, we skipped some places that we originally wanted to visit (see original plan here). But such is the nature of road trip — not everything can be planned in advance. You go with the flow and work with what you have.

Since I already had these days off, I took a walk in Great Falls Park on this day after the trip. To my pleasant surprise, I saw a family of Barred Owls when I was hiking along the Swamp Trail.

Barred Owl

It is not very often you see an owl, especially during daylight (owls being nocturnal birds). Barred owls are not “new” birds to me (I have seen them before), nonetheless, it is always a thrill to see birds of prey in their natural habitat. Had we gone with the original plan, most certainly I would not make this trip and would have missed this owl family. So lesson learned: there is beauty near where you live, you do not have to go to distant shores to find it. And that is precisely why I am a traveler at home, even if I strike out once in a while for the far-flung places.

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2012 US-CA Road Trip, Day 18: From Ithaca, New York to NOVA

Day 17 (Tuesday, June 12): From Ithaca, New York to NOVA (Northern Virginia)

Driving distance for the day: 381.6 Miles

Cumulative distance: 3610.2 Miles

This would mark the end of of trip. But since we were in the Finger Lakes region,we wanted to sample this beautiful country.

We first went to Taughannock Falls State Park and took the short hike to see Taughannock Falls. The Upper Falls of Taughannock Fall are dubbed as “one of the largest single-drop waterfalls east of the Rocky Mountains”. Whatever the designation, it is a marvel of a waterfall.

Lower Falls of Taughannock Fall

Upper Falls of Taughannock Fall

Our last stop was at Cornell University, in my opinion one of the most picturesque campus in the United States.

Cornell University

After that it was driving all the way back home in the sunshine of New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland and our home state of Virginia.

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2012 US-CA Road Trip, Day 17: From Montreal to Ithaca, New York

Day 17 (Tuesday, June 12): From Montreal to Ithaca, New York

Driving distance for the day: 299.7 Miles

Cumulative distance: 3228.6 Miles

This marks the end of our stay in Canada. We would come back to the United States on this day. But before we left, we took a tour of the LHotel where we stayed. The owner, Georges Marciano, is a big art collector and especially a fan of Andy Warhol. This painting was made by Andy Warhol of Marciano himself.

Mariano Paiting

And there are art pieces — sculptures, paintings, etc. displayed throughout the hotel, such as this sculpture which has inner lighting that changes colors continuously.

LHotel Sculpture

LHotel Sculpture

But shortly after we left Montreal, it started raining again. In heavy rain we took the Thousand Island Parkway but made just one stop in the dreary weather. In heavy rain we also crossed the border and entered the U.S. We would improvise and drive all the way to the little town of Ithaca and had dinner at the Antlers restaurant.

Antlers Restaurant

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2012 US-CA Road Trip, Day 16: From Quebec City to Montreal

Day 16 (Monday, June 11): From Quebec City to Montreal

Driving distance for the day: 157.7 Miles

Cumulative distance: 2928.9 Miles

A relatively short drive took us from Quebec City to Montreal, our last big city stop. Montreal definitely has the “big city” feel, but it still has its charm, especially in old town.

Montreal Street Scene

The biggest attraction is the Notre-Dame Basilica. The inside of the church is copiously decorated and the splendors and intricacies will take one’s breath away.

Inside Notre Dame Basilica

The stained glass panels depict stories from the Bible.

Stained Glass in Notre Dame

Statues of saints are found in many places inside the church.

Statues of Saints

The outside of the church is also decorated with status of Jesus Christ and Saints.

Statues outside Notre Dame

At night the church glows in all its glory.

Notre-Dame Basilica at night

The city itself also is also basked in its own brilliance at night, although perhaps not as charming as Quebec City.

Montreal at night

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2012 US-CA Road Trip, Day 15: From Rimouski to Quebec City

Day 15 (Sunday, June 10): From Rimouski to Quebec City

Driving distance for the day: 181.2 Miles

Cumulative distance: 2771.2 Miles

Rimouski is a nondescript town, but a few hours of driving took us to the charming Quebec City. We first arrived at Levis, then took the ferry across the St. Lawrence to Quebec City.

Ferry to Quebec City

Quebec City is one of the oldest cities in North America. It is built on the hilly bank of the St. Lawrence River. The view from upper town is breathtaking.

Quebec City

And the city itself is full of charm, with photo opportunities at every turn.

Quebec City Street Scene

Quebec City Street Scene

Quebec City Street Scene

Various street artists were playing with their instruments.

Quebec City Street Artist

We had some French Canadian food in the city — this plate includes roasted rabbit, roasted duck, smoked duck breast, duck liver and rabbit sausages.

French Canadian Food

But the best view of the city happens at night — at night the city glows like a gem.

Quebec City Night Scene

And Chateau Frontenac also looks like a castle from a fairytale.

Chateau Frontenac

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2012 US-CA Road Trip, Day 14: From Perce to Rimouski

Day 14 (Saturday, June 9): From Perce to Rimouski

Driving distance for the day: 310.7 Miles

Cumulative distance: 2590.0 Miles

This would be our last day in Perce, and it was a reluctant departure. In the morning I walked from our motel to the pier again. The coast of the Gaspe Peninsular was glorious in the morning sun.

Perse

So was Mount Saint Anne.

Mount Saint Anne in Perse

As usual, many birds were about on the water and in the air, such as these Harlequin Ducks.

Harlequin Duck

Harlequin Duck

And these Black-legged Kittiwakes.

Black-legged Kittiwake

Black-legged Kittiwake

I even managed to capture a few Northern Gannets diving for fish.

Northern Gannet

Northern Gannet

But eventually the time came when we had to leave. At this point, we only had two more destinations on our itinerary: Quebec City and Montreal, so we wanted to make some headway toward that direction. But before we did that, we made one last stop at Forillon National Park and took a short hike to La Chute (The Waterfall).

La Chute

And it was just well — after that it got foggy and rainy again. We drove along the St. Lawrence coast until we reached Rimouski.

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2012 US-CA Road Trip, Day 13: Perce and Bonaventure Island

Day 13 (Friday, June 8): Perce and Bonaventure Island

Driving distance for the day: 0 Miles

Cumulative distance: 2279.3 Miles

The 13th day of our trip brought up abundant luck, because we would go to Bonaventure Island.

A short boat ride brought up close to Perce Rock (the boat would circle the rock one round) and on to Bonaventure Island (the boat would also circle the island once). Near the natural arch of the rock, some local fishermen were riding a lobster boat to collect this day’s bounty.

Perse Rock

And through the arch, we looked back on the Gaspe Peninsular.

Perse Rock

Bonaventure Island is best known for its Northern Gannet colony. At this season, they just started breeding. There were at least 100,000 of them, and up close, their noise is deafening.

Northern Gannet Colony

Northern Gannet Colony

Northern Gannet Colony

The Northern Gannet is really a magnificent bird. Adult birds have snow white plumage with black wingtips, a creamy yellow crown and neck, topaz-blue eyes and a clearly delineated face.

Northern Gannet

Northern Gannet

Northern Gannet

Northern Gannet

I even managed to get some gannet-in-flight shots.

Northern Gannet

Northern Gannet

Northern Gannet

Northern Gannet

But gannets were not the only birds on the island, black guillemots and common murres were also numerous (though not as numerous as the gannets).

Black Guillemot

Common Murre

And the scenery itself is also superlative, as can be seen in the picture below taken at Sandy Beach.

Sandy Beach

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2012 US-CA Road Trip, Day 12: From Campbellton, New Brunswick to Perce, Quebec

Day 12 (Thursday, June 7): From Campbellton, New Brunswick to Perce, Quebec

Driving distance for the day: 154.3 Miles

Cumulative distance: 2279.3 Miles

Finally the sun came out. A relatively short drive (only about half of what we did the day before; plus, we crossed over back to Eastern Timezone from Atlantic Timezone and “saved” one hour) took us to Perce around noon. On the way, on one of our frequent stops, we saw this humorous little squirrel.

Squirrel

Perce turned out to be the highlight of our trip. Perce itself is a small fishing town at the tip of the Gaspe Peninsular, but it is best known for the dramatic”Perce Rock”, which is picturesque beyond words. The rock can be seen from any place in town, but it is probably best viewed from Mount Saint Anne overlooking the town and the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Perse Rock

Perse Rock

Bonaventure Island can also be seen from the same location.

Bonaventure Island

The sky and water near Perce are teeming with birds — gulls, kittiwakes, sea ducks, cormorants and gannets. I saw this Long-tailed Duck near the pier in town.

Long-tailed Duck

But the most dominant scene in town is still the rock itself.

Perse Rock

After days of driving in the rain, finally we could relax on a chair in the setting sun, with the gulf and rock in view.

Perse Rock

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2012 US-CA Road Trip, Day 11: From Halifax, Nova Scotia to Campbellton, New Brunswick

Day 11 ( Wednesday, June 6): From Halifax, Nova Scotia to Campbellton, New Brunswick

Driving distance for the day: 350.9 Miles

Cumulative distance: 2125.0 Miles

Again a rainy day. The forecast had sunny days ahead in Quebec Province, which is our next destination, so we decided to drive as much as we could. And that was what we did. By the end of the day, we reached Campbellton, just across the Restigouche River from Quebec Province. At last, we could see some brightness in the sky and a beautiful sunset ensued.

Campbellton

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