A Trip to the far East, Exploring Americas Hat

By:  Sam
August 26, 2009

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Greg following down the same pitch.

“Ohhhhh, you mean the mountains are closed to people to protect the caribou? that makes a lot more sense, I mean how could you even stop the caribou. How dumb of us to accidentally just ski that closed area….”

We decided to go check out the park’s high class hotel. Unable to afford to stay there or eat there, we enjoyed it from the outside.

We got a few looks for this.

What do you want?

The next day, after another cold night on the snow stealth camping, we decided to head for Mt. Hogsback. With temps at around 30, clouds in the sky, and a front coming through. No one except Ben was very psyched to ski frozen corn.

Weighing the options.

We narrowly avoided the dreaded “bail-triangle” (TM, Ben Peters), where everyone keeps their mouth shut and does a trip that no-one wanted to do. Rather than following up an awesome corn day with ice and a late arrival home, we decided to get on the road early and stop in Quebec City on the way home.

We saw a few more weird sights on the way home though.

“sweet, no tax on hors in the duty free zone”….

So. All in all I think 6 of us drove two cars around 1400 miles for 3 amazing corn runs in the Chic-Chocs, and a mind-numbingly weird road-trip there and back. I’ve tried to convey it, but there is no way to properly show you just how strange the Quebecois are. Maybe Ben and Greg can chime in with a few more anecdotes.

Fun Facts About Quebec :

– It is not unusual to find someone pushing a large handcart into oncoming traffic on the highway.

– Pajamas, down booties, and enormous gaiters are traditional camp dress in Quebec.

– In Quebec city, if you don’t have a large white tent as a garage, you are a loser.

– Cops take croissant breaks, not donut breaks.

– When an American passes you in the skin track, it is acceptable to try and race them.

– Animals on road signs have unusually large appendages.

– Trailers are preferable to trunks or roof racks, no car is too small to pull one

Now the Stowe shots:

I’ve been sitting on these for a week or so, they were from one of the up slope storms that dumped a few inches on Stowe. We caught a bit of higher elevation pow before it all turned to mush in the afternoon.

Chris, a snowboarder was so excited for the pow, he gave skiing a try.

Allen, hiding in the shadows.

Greg setting up for a photo under the rime ice.

Allen, in desperate need of brighter clothing.

Where’s Waldo?

Chris reconsidering his choice of gear.

Hope you enjoyed all that, Greg and I sure had a good time documenting the madness.

thanks for looking,


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  1. NIC
    wrote on October 2nd, 2009 at 10:57 pm  

    Very funny. I’m Canadian by the way. Just a comment about that bigfoot truck pic you took. You have everything imaginable over there. You have to stop there one time in your life. There used to be by a sex-o-gaz, where strippers fill your gaz pump, but it doesn’t exist anymore. You know a man has to refuel once in a while.

    In the Chic Choc if you go out of the park itself, you can ask locals to give you a snowbile ride a couple hours in the BC to ski untracked crazy places.

    • Greg
      wrote on October 3rd, 2009 at 11:38 am  

      Glad you can appreciate our humor NIC :D… Also thanks for the info! I’d Love to get in contact with you more extensively about the Chic Chocs… use the contact button up top to get in touch with us…

  2. Gab
    wrote on March 2nd, 2010 at 10:55 pm  

    Great TR, but the pics aren’t showing anymore.

    • Greg
      wrote on March 3rd, 2010 at 12:26 am  

      wow you’re right! Sam’s off in India and I doubt he can take care of this now… and I’m not sure where the pictures are living currently.

      I’ll look into it and try to get it fixed. Thanks for the heads up!

  3. Greg
    wrote on April 9th, 2010 at 9:14 pm  


    none of these photos work

    • M.O.
      wrote on April 10th, 2010 at 2:48 pm  

      atleast the McDonalds photo is working! hah

  4. Sam
    wrote on June 17th, 2010 at 6:09 pm  

    Photos are GO! READ AND ENJOY.

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