hi everyone I have been traveling since July 12th and won't be back to Chicago until early November. I miss my car!! I don't know what date I'm returning yet, but I can tell you that I'll be making a road trip the day after I get back It was sad to cut this driving season short but I needed this... this is my first vacation since graduating high school in 2005. The original plan was to go to Europe for 3 months, but it was too expensive, so I planned on staying in Canada. But then my friend John, "MoreBeer" on here, offered me a place to stay at his home in Germany. So I ended up going to Canada for one month, New York City for a week, and I've now been in Germany for 2 weeks. Enjoy the pictures, and of course there'll be more to come. Thanks to those who have messaged me while I've been away, and especially to John. This is such a great club to be a part of... even with all the nonsense going on at the national level, the IL region is like another family. Québec City The trip was incredible from day one. On my connecting flight from Toronto, who should sit directly in front of me but STEVIE WONDER! I got my own personal little concert just listening to him hum to himself. No picture, I didn't want to be rude, but I found out he was playing at the summer music festival the next night. I was able to get tickets and saw him live, and he sounds just as amazing as he did in decades old recordings. I walked around Vieux-Québec (old Quebec) before the concert, it was very pretty and charming. Montréal I only stayed in QC for a couple days, wish I had stayed there longer. Montréal was a little too crowded and dirty for my liking, but I loved the mountain and it was a nice place to live for a few weeks. Bike rentals are cheap and convenient, food was expensive but delicious. Met another Viper owner in Montréal, I don't think he is in the club, but we drove around the Grand Prix track and had a little photo op. Tadoussac I am a huge nature lover but have lived in suburbs and cities my whole life and never really been able to get away from that. So one weekend I decided to go to Tadoussac. It was a 6 hour bus ride from Montréal, but I was able to stop in Québec City again (first 2 pictures). I arrived at Tadoussac at night. Even in the middle of nowhere (population 813) I see nice cars I went exploring as soon as I checked into my motel. My mind was blown so many times that weekend. First by the insane number of stars I could see without light pollution (picture doesn't do it any justice at all). I also saw a huge black expanse, which I assumed was forest, but the next morning I was shocked to see was actually the bay. Even small things like seeing 2 bats hunting moths at night just took my breath away. But of course here is the main reason I went there: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0lnyjLUQ8c I saw two humpbacks, a pod of belugas, three fin whales (2nd largest after the blue whale), a few minkes, and some seals. The waterfall you see was pouring from 300+ foot cliffs, and the guide said it swells and is much larger in the early spring. It was a three hour boat ride, it was cold, cloudy, raining, and one of the best days of my life. After the boat ride I hiked a mountain which had an amazing view of the bay (last 2 pictures). Better than Montréal's mountain because I only saw 2 other people the entire time. After a couple hours I noticed some storm clouds rolling in... kind of terrifying to feel the wind and see them approaching when you're at the top of a mountain with nothing but your camera. But I made it back to the motel before it started raining.