Monday, June 22, 2015

Day 12: The 9 hour trip home

This final day of our vacation was rather uneventful.  As planned, we had stopped in Moncton, New Brunswick for the night at the Hampton Inn.  But our original plan for  day #11 was to do a bit of sightseeing with an overnight stay in Oreno, Maine before driving home on day #12.

However, now anxious to get home, we decided to skip the sightseeing and skip Oreno, and head straight home, with frequent stops to stretch or graze through our big food cooler.  It was about a 9 hour drive.

This is the only photo I took during this final day of our vacation.  I couldn't resist the beautiful morning sky, which I observed while packing the car before breakfast.

Day 11: Last day on PEI

Day 10 was our last day on PEI.  We woke up early, packed our stuff, took some pictures of the beach and ocean, and hit the coffee bar at the Lighthouse Inn at 7a sharp.  Breakfast was served at 8a, and we were on the road to the Confederation bridge (see last picture below and description) by 9:30.

Two early morning images before breakfast:


Chuck, the innkeeper.  After breakfast, he packed us a bag of croissants and muffins.

A local church.  Chuck told us many of his family are buried in this cemetery.
An old (and no longer in use) one-room school.

Ready for potato planting

My last photo from PEI.  The Confederation bridge is 8 miles long and was completed in 1997.
Before that the only vehicle access to PEI was by ferry.
You can somewhat see the New Brunswick shoreline in the distance, some 8 miles away.

Day 10: Driving around Prince County on a dreary day

This was probably our dreariest day.  We did a lot of driving but the sightseeing was a bit limited due to the weather:  Cloudy, windy and cold.

The highlights for the day were (1) a very nice lunch in Northport and (2) a "show" of lobster boats coming into the Northport Pier with their day's catch.


Our very nice lunch was at the Northport Pier Restaurant, in a building that was designed to look like a boathouse.  We arrived there about 2 p.m. and we pretty much had the place to ourselves (2 p.m plus early in the season plus mid-week equals few diners).

In addition to these two, there were four other diners behind us.
The two waitresses on duty were definitely anxious for the summer season to begin in earnest.

Laurie had the lobster Reuben sandwich.
Instead of sauerkraut, the Reuben was made with coleslaw

It was grilled in flatbread. Laurie approved of this variation!
I had the crab cakes. We both enjoyed Caesar salads.

Another to-die-for desert: "Blueberry Bread Pudding with warm Brown Sugar Sauce".
Plus whipped cream, of course.


The entertainment for the day came from a steady stream of lobster boats arriving at the Northport Pier to drop off their lobsters and pick up bait and ice at the Alberton Fisheries Company. The process was fast and efficient.  

In the boats you will see the black or colored plastic rectangular tubs in which the lobsters are held.  The tubs are the size of a small steamer trunk.  We counted 6 to 9 of these filled with lobsters, per boat.  It's my understanding that that amount is a lot more than lobstermen in Maine and Nova Scotia haul in.

[As a side note, if this were in the USA, most of the area we walked would have been cordoned off with signs such as, "no admittance beyond this point".  My guess is that Canadians in these parts are less litigious than folks in the USA. Short of walking into the Alberton Fisheries building, we could walk anywhere.]

Just a few of the boats in the fleet.
These boats are longer than what we see in Maine or Nova Scotia.

"Ruff Enough".
Though we are in Northport, these lobsterboats are all registered in Charlottetown,
PEI's capital city.

Tiffany Dawn is taking on tubs of ice and bait at this station.
Today's bait was mackerel.
The next station up is where the lobsters are dropped off in plastic tubs.
The tubs are weighed and accounted for.

Gasing up


More agricultural images.  PEI is all about fishing (fish, lobsters, mussels, oysters) and farming (PEI potatoes).

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Day 9-2: to West Point Lighthouse Inn

After departing from My Mother's Country Inn we stopped at the "Cheese Lady's" for some cheese and bread.  Her specialty is Gouda cheese.

Can you believe it!? They make 16 varieties.  We picked two: A mustard-pepper variety to consume for lunches with a loaf of their fresh "Country Loaf" multi-grain bread, and a Pesto variety to bring home.

"Country Loaf"

After picking up bread and cheese we plotted a course to today's destination: West Point Lighthouse Inn


Below are a few photos collected during the drive to West Point, in chronological order.  This drive takes us into Prince county, which is essentially the left third of the island.  By looking at the map above you can see that the island can be divided into thirds.  This third is the least populated area of the island. It also seems to have the deepest French roots as this area was settled by the Acadians from France. The Acadian flag flies in front of many of the homes in this area.

There are two companies making these souvenir shirts and onesies,
using red dirt/mud from PEI.

Picnic time

Our Lady of Mont-Carmel Acadian Church

Acadian flag.  French colors with gold star symbolizing Mary.
PEI Potato Museum

Wind Farm.  Land is rented from farmers to a private enterprise.
We were surprised to learn that most of the electricity is "shipped" to New England.

The gable seen on the right section of this farmhouse is a common feature on PEI homes

West Point Lighthouse

Day 9-1: A few last photos from My Mother's Country Inn

I took the first set of photos in the morning before breakfast, just walking around the property. I loved their barn!

Another nice breakfast from Nellie and Ragnar

Not shown is the pitcher of real maple syrup.  Plus a plate of four
additional waffle quarters.

My "Clean Plate" composition. 

Nellie and Ragnar