NFLD travel blog

Hi. The next day we wento Codroy to check out Memories. It was a collection of memories from a character's past. He had his '50's Ford fairlane, Herbie's volkswagon and the Munster's hearse. He had gas pumps--a 1919 and a 1939 with gas at $0.08 and $0.35 a gal respetively. He had many old-time signs and other paraphenalia including his wife's 60's knife pleated reversible plaid skirt and yellow crinoline. All the time we were there '60's music played. Remember when?

After, we explored all the little roads around. That night we went to hear two singers, Kelly and Patsy, sing some NFLD songs along with others.

Mon. we went into Port aux Basques to buy supplies and look around. In Codroy and Doyles, it was sunny but remained cloudy in Port auz Basques. We went to Margaree for a delicious seafood lunch and had salad for dinner. We spent the night at J.T. Cheeseman Provincial Park.

We weree up early so Gord could put the bikes in the van so we were the same length as a car. W e then went to board the S.S. Highlander for passage to Sidney, Nova Scotia. We sat at the front of the boat. Once out of the harbor, pilot whales came and played. The crossing was relatively smooth.

On the other side we headed down the road to Whycocomagh Provincial Park where we spent the night. On our previous trip, we had done the Cape Breton Trail. We camped the night here. First order of the evening was putting the bikes back on the back of the van.

Wed. we were up early and heading across the Canso Causeway to the mainland. We stopped in Antigonish for coffee at McDonald's. Antigonish has grown a lot since we passed through here in 1978. The old section of town is now the heritage section with the old buildings spiffied up. We continued on to the Caribou-Wood Islands ferry arriving just as the 11.30a ferry was boarding.

It was a beautiful sunny day so watching P.E.I. approach was neat. We had lunch at Cape Bear lighthouse. This was our first stop along the Points East Coastal Drive. When we were here in 1978 we had not visited the east side of the island. We continued up through farmland checking out neat little coves and admiring red cliffs along the coast. We explored Georgetown with its many old buildings, fishing docks and restaurants. At Cardigan, we decided to spend the night. We found a 'natural' wharf--a spot of land jutting into the sea where people came to launch boats.

Dinner that night was at J.D. MacDonald's old boat building factory. The factory is now a restaurant overlooking the bay--Cardigan Bay. It has two decks. Unfortuneately it was too cold to sit out for long.

Lobster dinners have changed too. They are now a 5 course meal with seafood chowder, salad, mussels, lobster with veggies and dessert. Wine is extra. And as delicious as always.

We spent a quiet night awakened at 7.30a by eeler fishermen as they launched their boat to go check their catch. It was good--along with a good catch of inedible Asian crabs, an invasive species dining on mussels and clams.

It was a cloudy day as we headed north to East Point, the most easterly tip of P.E.I. The wind was cold, the Northumberland Strait waters roaring as the waves crashed on shore. We went into Basin Head to walk on the Singing Sands but could hear only the waves. We had a nice walk and did get wet--a little. There were dark purplish blue jelly fish washing in with the tide. It was too cold to stay out long so we went in and enjoyed the Fishermen's Museum. It showed how to catch a lobster as well as bluefin tuna and mackeral.

At East Point we had lunch. We got a ribbon to prove we were here. It was easy to see the herringbone pattern of the waves from the Gulf of St. Lawrence meeting the waves from Northumberland Strait. The waves were high. The steep red cliffs here show much erosion. The lighthouse has been moved back six times.

From here we continued on as the clouds started to spit. We stopped at a Potato Vodka Distillery to sample Blueberry gin and their award winning rye. In the short while we were in the distillery the heavens opened and it poured. Not a gentle rain but a hard furious rain that would lessen and then pour heavily again--all afternoon.

We stopped at Greenpoint National Park to see the parabolic sand dunes but it was raining so heavily we settled for the museum and video only.

We went on and by the time we reached Summerside, the rain had stopped and the sun was out. We drove to North Cape where we received our certificate confirming that we had driven from tip to tip in P.E.I. Here too there was a museum. As there is also a large wind turbine research center, the museum was mainly about windmills, their history and uses. It seems they were first used for energy by the ancient Persians around 500 B.C. Who knew?

We went back down the peninsula along the North Cape Coastal Drive stopping at Jaques Cartier Provincial Park. We were lucky enough to get a site on the water overlooking the Gulf of St. Lawrence. We saw a beautiful pink cloud sunset. The sunrise this a.m. was awesome with the waters turning pink as the sun rose. We had breakfast out-side--the first time in over a month.

We did chores and then drove along the coast till it was time to head for Summerside. We went on to Borden-Carleton watching Confederation Bridge approach from North Carleton on. The bridge appars to be a series of arches. We were lucky enough to be high enough to see over the barriers along the sides for the 13 kms it stretches. On the New Brunswick side we stopped to get pics and went through a Nature House. We had lunch here and then went on.

We have driven, to-day, past Sackville, N.B. to Amherst and on down along the Minas Basin to Halifax back the other side to Wolfeville and south almost to Digby. We are at present in Jaggars Point Campground looking out at Digby across the bay. Tomorrow we will have coffee there. We have driven past many farms, some dairy and others wheat. We have driven through forests, some being logged. We drove through Annapolis Royal with its stately old mansions reminiscent of Ontario. We have met wonderful people. And we watched the sun set....a glorious red.

Till next time....Ciao.

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