Sunday, 16 September 2012

First Half of our Trip to PEI

We did a rush trip down because we wanted to stay ahead of the rain and wound up also doing a rush trip back because Gordon's back was acting up.

7 Sep

We left home around 7 a.m. and arrived at our hotel in Edmundston, NB around 5 p.m. It was a very long day especially getting through Montreal. Traffic was horrendous and our GPS, Miss Pinky had no clue where she was going. Montreal is forever changing their roads! So we followed the signs for the Champlain Bridge to get to the south side of the St. Lawrence River. It was mostly a beautiful sunny day with a bit of cloud thrown in for good measure. Miss Pinky got confused again trying to find our hotel in Edmundston but after some backtracking and a phone call to the hotel we found it.

We stopped about four times, probably not as much as we should have.

Neither of us slept much and we were on the road around 7 a.m. the next day as well.

8 Sep

It was foggy and misty when we left on Saturday morning. We eventually got some sun and it turned into a nice day. We stopped often, once at a cute little Tourist Information Centre that looked like a covered bridge replica. The longest covered bridge in the world is in that area.

We had a nice lunch at Skipper Jack's in Moncton then headed on for the Confederation Bridge to take us to PEI. I was a bit concerned as I'm not a bridge fan (crossing them) but it turned out to be a non event. The bridge was completed in May 1997. Before that you had to take a ferry to get to the island. It is 12.9 km (8 mi) long and it took us about 10 minutes to cross. The concrete sides are high so you really can't see how high you are above the water. Mostly it's like a causeway with a higher part for ships to go under.  We took some photos of the bridge from Tourist Information Centre before we crossed.

Anyway we arrived on the island and took more photos of the bridge from the PEI side as well as some photos of the park. We drove around the little town of Borden-Carleton a bit. They have quite an interesting shopping area there that I hope to get back to.

We stopped in Summerside to pick up some groceries not knowing what there would be for grocery shopping, especially with our food problems where we were going. We arrived at Seacow Pond around 5:30 and got set up in our little motel room complete with kitchen, living room, bedroom and full bath. We are out in the middle of nowhere but I can walk to the red sand beach from the motel and it's a short distance to North Cape lighthouse where Gordon can get both sunrise and sunset photos so we drove there last evening for sunset.

9 Sep

Happy Birthday to me! I was thinking of a Beatles song on my birthday. Wonder why. I can't believe I'm that old! After our morning walk to the beach between showers and a nap, we headed out to find some fuel for the car. No 24 hour gas stations here! Then we took a little drive and wound up in Miminegash where they have a pretty nice little harbour.

We also took a drive to Alberton with some stops along the way. We saw a lot of great blue herons and some pretty beach scenery. Lots of red side roads.

10 Sep

Woke up to rain but it moved on quickly. Needed some stuff from the grocery so went into Tignish to the Co-op. They sell pretty much everything there from hula hoops to garlic to toilet plungers. Got most of what I needed. Back to the motel to unpack groceries then took the Black Marsh hike at North Cape. Talk about Stinky Beach! Reminded me of Goose Island SP in TX except much worse. There was a backhoe bringing all the seaweed up from the beach and putting it in a pile. Yukky! I didn't mind the smell of Stinky Beach in TX but this was awful!
Quite a bit of rain on and off all day and into the night.

Went out for sunset at Skinner's Pond, home of Stompin' Tom Connors. Beautiful beach and dunes! Boy was it cold and windy though. Lucky I had on my new raincoat!


  1. The pictures are awesome! I bet Gordon was clicking away the whole time. I'm so glad you took the vacation and you're back.

  2. What lovely pictures!
    That bridge reminds me of the one down at Corpus Christi, TX.
    Sounds like you two had a great time.
    Waiting for Part 2, but it can't be any better than Part 1!
    Happy Trails, Penny.

  3. Awesome visiited alot of the area we did when we were there last month....awaiting part 2 :) happy birthday to you both!!!


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