The semester is coming to a close and I am not longer going to be graded on maintaining a blog. As much as I grumbled to myself about having to do a blog in the beginning, I honestly started to enjoy it. I will be extremely busy this summer, working as an intern reporter at the local newspaper, as well as my weekend job. And of course, I have travels planned throughout my summer.
The week after finals week, I will be driving myself 7.5 hours to Toronto. I have rented a room in a beautiful house overlooking Lake Ontario, which is practically the backyard. There’s plenty of birdwatching and peaceful trails for me to walk on. And of course, one of the reasons I chose to book this place is the fact that the lovely hosts have three adorable kitties!
On the day with the nicest weather, I am utterly excited to take the 2.5 hour drive from Toronto to Algonquin Provincial Park. I’m probably just going to get out of my car and stand in one spot with my mouth hanging open, staring at how gorgeous everything is, but if I manage to move, I’ll definitely go hiking and maybe rent a kayak or something. Oh, and I’ll definitely keep an eye out for moose. (However, I will not have any self defense as I solo-hike because as I learned from firsthand experience last year, Mace is illegal in Canada! Sorry, border guards…) Of course I’ll visit the city of Toronto too, mostly to scope out some neat coffee shops and sushi restaurants, and perhaps take advantage of their lower drinking age.
First and Second Time in the Windy City
In June, I’m accompanying a friend to Chicago for a weekend. Our birthdays are 4 days apart, so this will be a “21st birthday celebration” trip. This time around, I’ll be able to tour Chicago a bit better than July because…
I am driving 10 hours each way to spend 3 days in Chicago to see the first ever Chicago Open Air. It’s a heavy metal festival and some of my favorite bands (Rammstein, Periphery, Meshuggah, Gojira) will be playing. I cannot wait!
But Wait, There’s More!
After my internship is over, I plan to make another trip or two with the remainder of my summer. I might go back to Montana/ Wyoming to visit Yellowstone again, but I also have found plane tickets to Alberta for very cheap, and it’s too tempting. Banff National Park is one of my top 5 bucket list places to go.
And of course, my love for Vermont cannot be quelled and I will probably end up spending a week up there as well. Solo, of course. There’s nothing like relaxing, finding amazing restaurants, hiking, and touring the city and countryside by yourself. It’s so peaceful and I definitely recommend it.
Perhaps I will update this blog with some of my adventures from this summer.