My Weekly Adventures 67: The Start of “Summer” Events

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Welcome to an evening edition of My Weekly Adventures!

This will be a fairly quick one! Like when I ended up my last Weekly Adventures, we overlapped a weekend and week of E3 activities so really, not that much ended up happening. However, there were some little fun bits that I didn’t blog extensively about either!

Let’s go!

Mont-Ham Hike

Mont-Ham

The second hike of the year goes to Parc regional du Mont-Ham. You can see the full post here.

It was a challenging and crazy hike but the weather was perfect and the scenery was absolutely worth every single hard moment. It was incredible. We are working on where to go for the next hike. Keep your eyes peeled, it should be happening in a week or so, well for the long weekend if we can manage to fit it in  one of those days.

We are heading into July and it might turn out to be hard to get a hike in but we’ll try 😉

F1 Grand Prix Weekend

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Honestly, what is there to say? I usually do a separate post for Grand Prix but, its been fairly underwhelming. Porsche is always the heavy hitter and I’ve seen a lot of Lamborghinis around town. They are all pretty cars but you know, the variety is lacking from say, what the event had years ago. The event has expanded to a few locations now so that leads to the festivities over in the park where it had some electronic music going from Piknik Electronique and some food stalls…

Charlie’s Shack & Lobster Rolls

One of the things I love about Montreal events in the last few years is the food. This time, I had a lobster roll at Charlie’s Shack and boy, was it ever so delicious!

A Little Shopping

I love Buy 3 Get 4th Free sale at Indigo. Its very irresistible! 🙂 At least now I can catch up with my Archie graphic novels and also managed to get the Quebec National Geographic book for sale. We are already getting some long-term travel plans set and looking to see if there are some locations for day trips to hike or sightsee. Maybe some hidden gems.

Cute Kitty Pic

tabby cat

That’s it for this quick round of My Weekly Adventures!
Its been definitely less productive here than usual, but I’m trying to get a ton of stuff done.

What have you been up to?

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Hiking: Parc Regional du Mont-Ham – Button & Panoramique Trails

The second hike of 2018 takes us back to the Eastern Townships of Quebec to the Parc Regional du Mont-Ham.

We actually found this one the way back from the last hike in a little pamphlet. There is a nice variety in the trails and the loop you choose to make. If you want to do the direct path, the L’Intrepide trail is 1.7km (intermediate to difficult level) and takes you on a climb to the summit. Of course, being the hikers that we are, we decided to do one of the longer loops starting out in the Button Trail to reach the summit and consequently hitting about 3 lookout points before, then going back on the Panoramique Trail. It took us about 4 hours to complete the 6.9 km route we went for. These two trails are also intermediate to difficult levels so much to our surprise, it was very challenging with the steep slopes and constant quick changes in elevation. A lot of times, hiking for us is both exercise but to see the natural beauty around us at the peak and this one takes you to the absolute peak of Mont-Ham so nothing is obstructing the view (except other hikers). There’s a cross at the top and its quite the climb where they give you ropes to go up. Like I said, its a pretty awesome spot. We actually like to do secluded spots so this location was a little too popular for our preference but we still thought the feeling was fantastic.

Here’s a few snapshots of the trail!

And for a more 360 degrees view, here’s my Instagram video for it. Of course, if you want the updates more, just follow me there. I don’t post a ton but a lot of this hiking views and food stuff.

#hiking #montham #landscape #scenery #canada #quebec #nature #view #easterntownships #estrie

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This wraps up this hiking adventure!
A memorable and breathtaking one as well as a very crazy uphill trek!
We climbed up rocks and hopped down rocks and it almost felt like an obstacle course at some parts.

Weekly Workout Recap – Week 4: When Everyday Life Takes Priority

Four weeks in and its already starting to feel like things are going downhill quick a la slippery slope style.

With that said, I had anticipated that it may be a lull this week. Its not really an excuse but I had another cavity filling session that I had mentioned previously in my Weekly Adventures and the whole numbing my jaw thing really knocks out my motivation and makes me feel all loopy.

Still, lets just see how it went down.

Monday

Rest & Recording
For those of you who know, I co-host two podcasts and one of them had our biggest episode yet with the sheer material to cover today. Nothing like a 2 hour recording session to push back the entire evening schedule. It was a fun show and if its already released, I’ll have the link right under here.

Tuesday

Another rest day (unfortunately) due to cavity filling after work and then hours for the anesthesia to wear off.

Wednesday

Booty (2 rounds of 20 reps)
Single Leg Deadlift (each side)
Weighted Sumo Squat
Single Leg Squat + Kick (each side)
Side Plank Lateral Lifts (each side)
Inner Thigh Openers

Thursday

So many rest days this week.

Friday

Legs (1 rounds of 20 reps)
Stationary Lunge (each side)
Squat Up Downs
Side Lunge (each side)
Side Plank Inner Thigh Lifts (each side)
Tuck Jumps

Saturday

A beautiful weekend brought in a little landscaping in the garden. It took both time and a lot of strength to get it all done so skipped on the actual working out for garden labor. Gardening update tomorrow and you’ll see it all!

Sunday

Hiking is official back tentatively every other week meaning this Sunday was a hiking day. We headed out to Parc Regional Mont-Ham and the post is coming up soon once I sort through the pictures and put them together.

Hike was 6.9 kms in total and took us 4 hours to go up and down. This is a pretty intensive hike as there is a lot of rock climbing and steep uphills. However, you will see in the post that is coming up in a day or two that it actually takes you to the summit with a cross planted there and its a true 360 degree view. Worth all the energy and hard work! 🙂

Thats it for this week!
I’m starting to stray from the Tone It Up Bikini Series a little.
However, life does take priority sometimes especially for my own well-being (even if its not physical exercise).
Next week is less crazy hopefully so I should be able to get back to running as long as it doesn’t rain everyday.

My Weekly Adventures #66

Welcome back to another two weeks! We’re getting closer to summer now and the weather is getting hot and humid!

Lots of stuff’s been going on as I look back at the past two weeks with multiple day trips and gardening updates and so much  more. One of the biggest weekends of the year for gaming and of course, Game Warp is just around the corner so I can imagine the next Weekly Adventures might be just a disaster of almost nothing (since Grand Prix weekend is also that same weekend).

Let’s take a look at what’s been up in the last 2 weeks!

Movies and Tea in Full Swing

Movies and Tea Podcast is in full swing this month. Elwood and I have been in quite a groove as we dive further in Paul W.S. Anderson films. After the Event Horizon show at the beginning of the month, we dove into Soldier, featuring Kurt Russell which also saw us joining into our first blogathon held by Return to the 80s and RealWeegieMidget Reviews as well!

Following that, we just released our mega episode taking a trip down the Resident Evil franchise as we take a look at the 6 films!

Take a listen and give us your thoughts over at our blog where we also have each of our takes on each of the films that we review in the podcast. Check us out and give us a follow here.

Hiking on Victoria Day

Mont Megantic National Park

View at the Observatory

You can see the full recap HERE.

Victoria Day in Canada is a lovely statutory holiday. My husband and I went for our first hike of the season. It was a lovely day and super awesome. We are having some great hiking plans of going out to hike at least twice a month. I truly hope that it’ll work out. Next on the to-do list is to get some new hiking shoes. Doing some research on what to get right now.

Cinema Recall Guest

You can find the episode right HERE.

If you didn’t know, we had a mega That Moment In podcast network gathering organized by The Vern, the host of Cinema Recall. We sat down in our different time zones at all hours of the day to record this mega episode sharing our movie firsts: the scariest, the saddest and the sexiest. The choices were fantastically diverse and it was a ton of fun to sit down to everyone! Its awesome! Hopefully we will be gathering for another meeting eventually.

Ottawa Day Trip

Shanghai 360

Last weekend was the Ottawa Marathon. I usually would go down with my friend but with my husband’s change in work schedule, we ended up just going down to visit and hang out with him. We did a little bit of a haul HERE. It was a lot of fun. We had some food at Shanghai 360, a fast food restaurant in Rideau Centre. I really love this place and eat here almost every time I go to Ottawa. It was a great trip nonetheless. We had fun walking around and shopping. We took care of some business since my engagement ring needed to be fixed and I had bought it down in Ottawa. Anyways, I’ll be heading back there eventually to pick it up and maybe then I’ll take my husband to check out the diner and explore Byward Market which we ran out of time this time.

Dentist Update

Last time I talked about my overdue dentist appointment. Well, I went for my second cavity filling session. The dentist decided for my own good to split the original session into two visits. Let me tell you that at this current moment and even when I was going home and that evening, I was ever so happy with that choice because the anesthesia took forever (like 4 hours) to go away and then my jaw feels like there is a bruise on it. Not sure why.

Cute Kitty Pic

When the heat hits us, my cat looks at me meows and then lies down. Not sure if its protest or just enjoying the cool floor.

That’s it for these two weeks!
I’ve had lots of things from hauls to garden updates and a ton of movie reviews, TV binge and just an assortment of stuff. 
What have you been up to?

Hiking: Le Mont-Megantic Trail – Mont Megantic National Park

Hiking season has officially started for us this year!

Eastern Townships

The road to the national park

Monday was Victoria Day in Canada so it was a day off and we were able to figure out somewhere fun to hike. Our plans almost did change in the morning but things worked out and we headed off to the Eastern Townships in Quebec to Mont-Megantic National Park.

Its about 2.5 hour drive for us to get there. We always stop at the visitor’s center first. Essential when you are doing a hike to get the bathroom break and also to pay for the fee while getting info on the trails. The lady at the desk was a great help and gave us a good idea of what trails were around us while also telling us the original trail we were going to do was still covered in snow. Usually that wouldn’t be a problem but I haven’t gotten around to getting a new pair of hiking shoes so I was in my running turned walking shoes so the grip wasn’t as good. We ended up going for the Le Mont-Megantic Trail which is a 10 km loop and takes you up to the observatory at the top. The entrance here includes parking and the entrance code to go to the observatory and sanctuary up the hill by car. So, we actually stopped at the top of the trail just before the hill up the observatory which was muddy and snowy in various areas. The trail here is intermediate (although it felt hard for a first hike). Here’s a few pictures and the scenery! Trust me, its so worth it!

A lovely trek but it was a little tough so the pictures were a little scarce for the path going up. Before I wrap this up, I’d love to share a video I posted on Instagram for the scenery at the Sanctuary since that is the top most part of the area and offered a 360 degree scenery almost.

There is a whole bunch of trails at this national park and we’re pretty sure that we’ll come back for some of the other ones later this season. Its a close enough drive and the Eastern Townships are pretty and the national park also has some space observation stuff that we’d love to check out when its not a statutory holiday and they are open.

Not sure when the next hike is but we’re planning on doing a lot more this year so I’ll probably be checking in with another trail that we’ve explored soon!

Hiking: Thousand Islands National Park #Canada150 #DiscoveryPass #hiking

I realized that we’ve been having a ton of movie reviews lately. So, for my sake and anyone else who drops by here not for reviews, we’re having a review-free day! During my vacation, we headed off to Thousand Islands National Park to take advantage of the Canada 150 Discovery Pass to do some hiking.

Thousand Islands is wildly known for its cruise around the beautiful Thousand Islands area to see all the lovely residences on the different islands scattered about and eventually for the longer cruises and those with passports can head on to see the castle. We’ve never been to the castle but its on our bucket list however, Thousand Islands National Park was somewhere that popped up on our radar to check out. We ended up heading into the park and while one of the three locations to go hiking were closed, we ended up going to check out the other two trails locations.

The Visitor’s Centre is located at the Mallorytown Landing Trail area which is kind of like walking around in someone’s backyard as a good bit of the beginning and end rounds around some houses in proximity. However, the trail is pretty nice and easy. Its mostly flat and goes up a small hill in the back roads.

Thousand Islands National Park

It turns out I did take some pictures but nothing was quite as memorable as finally seeing the toilets here which were in little cabins like this and had this Phoenix composting system or something. It said to close the lids on the toilets when people were done but of course, no one does so as I was in there, I kept imagining that the whole Snakes in the Plane scenario would happen or some frog would hop out at me. Stupid since its crazy deep but hey, overactive imagination can be a curse sometimes.

Thousand Islands National Park

Thousand Islands National Park

Here are two shots that I liked of the Mallorytown Landing trail.

Just down the road for about a five minute drive was our next location with a network of over 2 hours worth of trails if you really wanted to do it and it was the Jones Creek Trail. We headed over there and figured out a way to at least reach the other side of their boardwalk and the lookout spot and then head back. The trails have all these animal names and it was pretty cool. For those looking for those trails, you can find the map HERE. we started on the eel and kept going right to follow Turtle which keeping right lead to Heron which leads to the Boardwalk and we did a part of Snipe to the lookout point and headed back. The trails are marked pretty well with the colors of the trails on the map so its easy to just spot where the trail is by looking for those little tags hung on the trees. The trails were relatively easy and its mostly lookout points at marshlands.

Thousand Islands National Park

Thousand Islands National Park

Thousand Islands National Park

Thousand Islands National Park

Thousand Islands National Park

Thousand Islands National Park

As much as it was a flat course, it was still really comfortable to walk in. The trails were nice and it still had the nature trail that the trails weren’t always really defined so the hunt for those colored signs happened at times. Some of the lookouts aren’t exactly great but its still a milder walk which turned out for the better since we don’t get the chance to hike as much as we’d like.

Thousand Islands National Park is a decent spot. There are some nice scenery around. Although, you should definitely go for the cruise if you are in the area. As for us, we’ll probably see if the leaves are still around and hunt down another location to hike up in the mountains to catch some leaves before the weather gets cooler and we only go hiking in the spring after the snow has melted and/or when the parks open up again.

My Weekly Adventures #52

Its Sunday and we’re halfway through the month. We’ve had a really good Halloween marathon run full of events and movie reviews and even managed to finally get a TV Binge out. The second half of the month will hopefully see those dwindling book reviews (for books I’m working hard on finishing right now) as well as wrapping up the Saw franchise and hopefully seeing a ton more movies. I absolutely have another TV binge coming up and maybe two if my second binge works as planned. Things don’t go always as planned here. The first half of the month crossed over with Thanksgiving in Canada as well as the actual Moon Festival. Its been a fun time especially since the last week, my husband and I have been on vacation, or more accurately a staycation, so we’re just chilling out, doing some fall chores to prepare for the season and having fun. Oh right, and we also happened to celebrate our 2nd wedding anniversary. Anyways, I’m getting ahead of myself.

Moon Festival Dinner

Moon Festival

The last Weekly Adventures ended with a look at the Battle of Ingredients which was Moon Festival themed and then even had dinner with my husband and my mom for the first part of Moon Festival. On the day of, I went over to hang out with my mom for Moon Festival. We made chicken and salmon and we had some lovely moon cakes. It was a ton of fun.

Pumpkinferno at Upper Canada Village

Pumpkinferno

Vacation started half day for myself on the Friday before last. I was supposed to have the full day off but I had to wrap up some loose ends. However, that is okay since I felt much better about going on vacation knowing the majority of the stuff was taken care of. There’s still some stuff to work on when I get back and its a huge deadline. However, vacation is always refreshing. The second day of vacation was the weekend and we had plans to meet up with family and friends to head to Upper Canada Village to see PumpkInferno. I had a post for it last week some time. If you missed it,  you can check it out HERE.

Visit from Friends

There’s no pictures but if you all remember, Butterflymumma used to be one of our fellow bloggers. She’s no longer in the blogosphere but she remains in contact with me. Whenever I head into her area, I’ll call her up and for Thanksgiving weekend, she came to Montreal to visit with her family. We had dinner and hung out a little. It was lots of fun. Its always a nice time to hang out with friends.

Theatre Visit: IT

IT 2017

Its always great to have a change in plans sometimes. We ended up losing track of time on Tuesday and ended up postponing hiking for that day and instead caught the matinee Cheap Tuesdays screening at the local theatres for IT. I’ve wanted to see that one for a while and had thought that I’d give it up due to finances but I’m happy to finally have that sorted it out and it work out and we got to see it. We did also see the preview for Jigsaw so we’re debating to see whether we want to see it by the end of the month and maybe add it to the horror marathon. It all depends. Anyways, you can expect the review for both the 80s IT and this new one soon.

2nd Wedding Anniversary

We’ve decided that hiking is our anniversary event. This year, we went out to Thousand Islands National Park to go for a hike. Its a pretty nice area and I’ll be posting about that very soon. It was a pretty flat path so there was no leaves changing colors to see. However, this year is cotton-themed. We gave pretty generic and useful stuff. My husband was great and he gave me a Teeturtle Cat Mom shirt. Here it is!

Belated Thanksgiving Dinner

We had my in-laws come over last week to celebrate a belated Thanksgiving. I’m not great at making turkey and it was a busy day of chores and catching up with the blog and editing so we ended up picking up the food to make from M&M Meat Shops which is a pretty cool place with some delicious food when in need for a quick meal to put together.

Noctambule at Granby Zoo

#Dinozoo at #Noctambule at #GranbyZoo. #dinosaurs #quebec #granby #zoo #animals #canada

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Granby Zoo is a place we haven’t gone back in a long time. This year, they added a Dinozoo area which is full of animated dinosaurs. Its pretty cool. I actually think its probably more effective at night than in the day.

Cute Kitty Pic

Upcoming:

–> MORE HORROR MARATHON/TV BINGES/FALL ACTIVITIES

That’s it for this Weekly Adventures!
I know it was a little overloaded. Its just because of vacation having more time to do stuff. 
We continue the horror marathon tomorrow!

Whats up with you?