Monday, September 21, 2020
We were heading out towards Prince Edward Island's East Point.
The drive along the coast towards east was scenic, and when we saw a small sign pointing towards public beach access we drove in on a red dirt road. They had put a name on that short road stub and it wasn't too inviting, or what you think about "Skunkhouse Rd". We couldn't detect any skunks but discovered an absolutely beautiful stretch of beach with an endlessly seeming trail along the wild coast. So we parked the van and headed off on foot enjoying the spectacular landscape.
The best of it all: We could let Dixie run free, something we cannot do within the National Park.
Eventually, we had to turn around and then it was time to sit down in our camp chairs and have some lunch. Man....was that ever nice!
The next stop was at "Skipwreck Point Lighthouse" at Naufrage. This lighthouse seems to be a bit neglected in maintenance as the paint was scaling off all around.
Coming to North Lake, Bea made an astounding discovery. While I took a picture, Bea directed her NIKON P-900 onto a shack in the harbour. The result you see below.
The arrow showing where the tuna was hanging
We were at least a 1000ft away from that shack and I wouldn't have seen it without a binocular. Just look at the size of that Tuna!
Finally we arrived at East Point with its beautiful Lighthouse from 1867.
Above: Old foghorns
From East Point one can see the coast of Nova Scotia.
Nest stop was at the Port of Souris. From here one can take a ferry over to the "Ile De Madelaine", (Quebec)
But we had no plans to do that and after taking pics of the Souris lighthouse, we carried on down the road. Originally we had planned to explore the lower eastern part of the coast, but it would have taken too much time today. So we think we might do it after the storm Teddy has passed.
Instead we took aim over to St.Peters again and back to Rocky Point, where we arrived at 4:30pm.
Due to the weather development we might not do any posting tomorrow, Tuesday or Wednesday.
Sunday, September 20, 2020
Australia is known as the red continent because of its red soil. And who ever has traveled through the State of Utah has seen the red soil and red rocks. But who would have expected similar red sandstone in a place like Prince Edward Island? And yet, this province boasts the most coastline adorned with red cliffs and red beaches.
To see this we took off to the town of Cavendish on the north coast of PEI. The area is known for its scenic views and much of it is under the stewardship of the Parks Canada. It stretches from Cavendish to about Tracadie Beach along the Gulf of St.Lawrence. One can drive the Gulf Shore Parkway all the way through the park. The choice of which beach you want to hang out on remains yours. And it could be hard to decide, cause all of them are simply gorgeous. Naturally a visit like ours on September 20 is not the time you want to lay out flat to get tanned. In spite of enjoying a bright sunny day, we always made sure we had a warm jacket with us.
Just outside of the eastern entry to the National Park we visited the village Rustico Beach. The place has a beautiful wharf area which I imagine must be teeming with life during the summer months.
Of course, no visit to Prince Edward Island is complete without paying a visit to the Anne of Green Gables home and exhibit.
Anne of Green Gables is a 1908 novel by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery (published as L.M. Montgomery). Written for all ages, it has been considered a classic children's novel since the mid-twentieth century. Set in the late 19th century, the novel recounts the adventures of Anne Shirley, an 11-year-old orphan girl, who is mistakenly sent to two middle-aged siblings, Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, who had originally intended to adopt a boy to help them on their farm in the fictional town of Avonlea on Prince Edward Island, Canada. The novel recounts how Anne makes her way through life with the Cuthberts, in school, and within the town.
Since its publication, Anne of Green Gables has been translated into at least 36 languages and has sold more than 50 million copies, making it one of the best selling books worldwide. The first in an anthology series, Montgomery wrote numerous sequels, and since her death, another sequel has been published, as well as an authorized prequel. The original book is taught to students around the world.
The book has been adapted as films, made-for-television movies, and animated and live-action television series. Musicals and plays have also been created, with productions annually in Europe and Japan.
After hours on tour we got back to the trailer around 5:30pm and all of us were bound for dinner. Dinner happened in our rig and Bea was the chef today. And most likely, we will have another quiet comfy night.
Saturday, September 19, 2020
With their help and guidance we drove up just a couple of miles to the "Blockhouse Point Light. It was built in 1876. It replaced an earlier building which is believed was from 1846. It is still a functional lighthouse.
Close by, we visited the National Historic Site of Port La Joy - Fort Amherst.
Originally established by the French in 1720, Skmaqn–Port-la-Joye–Fort Amherst commemorates the first permanent European settlement on Île Saint-Jean (today Prince Edward Island). After falling to British forces in 1758, it became the site of a major deportation of French and Acadian settlers. A Grand Alliance was forged here between the Mi'kmaq and French - one of only two locations in North America where this is celebrated annually with speeches, gifting and feasting. The fort’s grassy ruins are still visible, and interpretive panels explore its rich history. The grounds also offer superb views of the surrounding countryside and Charlottetown Harbour.
After a short break we ventured on to see the old town of Charlottetown, PEI's capital and biggest population center. We also wandered down to the harbour where sailboats were just starting a regatta.
It is a delightful area to visit. And the old city residences witness about riches accumulated over the centuries.
On our way back home we stopped at a little bakery from where we bought som date squares and scones, both of which turned out to be delicious. We settled outside in our host's yard enjoying the baked goods and a good coffee.