THREE WEEKS - My Great Canadian Road Trip to the East Coast

About Six months ago, I wasn't in a blogging mood, but I did have something pretty great to write about... so better late than never, I'll write about it now!

On May 16th, 2011... Tired of my busy life and routine, and feeling inspired by the movie "ONE WEEK"... I hopped in my car and started a road trip. This movie changed my life... reminded me of how much more ambitious I used to be, and how important it is to stay true to yourself. In some ways it saved me from what had become a very uninspired and routine life.

So, I broke away, explored and truly lived. No Schedules, Maps, or Plans. Just the open Road and perfect weather that followed me down every road. I didn't know how far I'd go or where I'd end up... but in the end, I fully explored 5 eastern provinces, and discovered the beauty this Great Country has to offer. I edited this video in order, with some of the best imagery I took along the way. The 3 songs I used are all from the movie 'One Week'. This film is dedicated to the Friends and Family who have really been there for me this year.

 

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I learned a lot about myself on this trip.  Being alone with your thoughts for 3 weeks will do that.  As much as I like the convenience of big city living... it's also what holds us back.  There is so much beauty out there if you're willing to go out and look for it.

Throughout the trip if anything amazing or photo-worthy caught my eye, even for a split second as I drove by, I'd quickly pull the car over, and walk back... or run through the woods, or hop from rock to rock, through tall grass, cross rivers or sink in the sand just to get to it.  I came back with over 3000 amazing photos and HD video.... only about 120 I could fit in my slideshow.

The memories however are still very vivid in my mind, and will always remain a part of me.  So much was condensed in that short amount of time, but everything I did felt right... and after 3 weeks, it felt like the right time to return home.

I decided to do the return trip, in one day of driving... with a bit of sleeping in the car as I needed it... so the whole trip was a 20 hour blur of night-driving through New Brunswick, breakfast in Quebec, random gas station stops and road-construction traffic... to return to the crazy traffic and heat of Toronto.  Which felt so different from the sunny days and cool breeze, and open roads and highways that I had gotten used too.

I recommend a trip like this as something you do at least once in your lifetime.  Whether it be a solo trip like I did... or with a good friend, someone you love, or your whole family.  Each is a rewarding experience in its own way.

As Ferris Bueller said, "Life moves pretty fast... if you don't stop to look around once in a while, you could miss it".  Take time to see the beauty around you and beyond you. Explore and find what lies around every new corner...

Most Importantly... Get out and Live your Best Life.

Mike Hogue

December 15th / 2011