We left the wild rocky shores of Nova Scotia behind and discovered the bucolic beauty of red soil, endless green potato fields and the red sandstone cliffs and beaches of PEI. So incredibly different from anything we had seen in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
We spent 2 wonderful weeks on PEI, the first 6 days at the best campground in PEI – the backyard of our friends Walt and Lorraine. They took us around their part of the island, we met family, Walt helped Leonard put a new starter in the Jeep (it crapped out as we were hooking up to get on the ferry-how lucky is that) and Lorraine gave me one on one painting lessons. I learned from a master who has her own gallery and took home one of my creations. We laughed and joked, ate local seafood and learned a lot about PEI and Newfoundland where Walt is from. We had to force ourselves to leave and go to another part of the island for the rest of the stay, but only after agreeing that we would meet again somewhere during the week.
After leaving our friend’s place we relocated to the north coast and settled into a great campground called Twin Shores Camping Area. Located on a point, it is surrounded by the Malpeque Bay on one side and the beautiful beaches of the Atlantic on the other.
One evening the weather began to change and dark clouds appeared on the horizon. It quickly became ominous with howling winds and people scrambling to get their awnings down. Our neighbor jokingly accused us of bringing a tornado with us from Florida and we were a little fearful that he might be right!
We were continually amazed at all the beautiful old wooden churches throughout Nova Scotia and PEI. This one is from 1901 and is in the French Gothic style. It has been decommissioned as a church and is being used as a music venue. We heard a pianist practicing when we were there, all alone, surrounded by potato and wheat fields and the dairy cows across the road.
We did meet up with our friends again, this time in Charlottetown where we went to lunch overlooking the racetrack. Sulky racing is very popular in PEI and we had great fun making wild guesses on who would win, place or show. We were lucky indeed and won back half our money bet, much to our friends dismay who never win anything!
We had a fabulous lunch at the Malpeque Oyster Barn where Leonard had oysters harvested that morning and we both enjoyed a scallop entree. We sure will miss the fresh seafood. As I walked around on the dock after lunch I noticed a fish shed with tails attached to it, one seemed particularily fresh. We had seen this before and didn’t know what it was. It turns out they are tuna tails, the trophies of the tuna fishermen in the area.
We have loved our time here in the Maritimes and have been astonished at the warmth and hospitality of the people we have met. Everyone has taken a keen interest in our decision to spend the summer up here and we have received numerous invitations to come and camp at peoples places (even up in Labrador). It’s been so much fun, the weather has been perfect and we have left many places unexplored. Surely that means we will have to plan another trip up here, eh?