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Travel Letters
  RV Travel notes from
         the traveling gran'ma and gran'pa
Vol 14  No 3                                                                                                                                                                              June/July, 2004
Some of our favorite scenes on PEI  

Fishing port near Fisherman’s Provincial Park

Launching Harbour

Basin Head, here “singing sands” can be heard when you
scuff your feet
Dear Gals… Your guys …
Our grandchildren… our sisters


Been doin’ a bit of travelin’ the past couple of
weeks.  Left home almost three weeks ago and
finally after family visits we’re in Canada.  Now for
the details…

When planning the trip we didn’t anticipate the
forecast for rain.  Normally we’d wait it out before
starting, but the prediction was for several days of
the stuff so we decided to go.  There was gentle
rain for three days.  This forced slow travel and a
major revision in the itinerary. The first stop was
Goshen, NY where Ida checked more of the family
lineage and I checked the trotters being exercised
on the nearby historic track.  We both enjoyed the

New Brunswick’s famous Hopewell Rocks, aka
"flowerpots", is a striking illustration of the
magnitude of Bay of Fundy tides (Gals, you may
recall seeing these in the ‘70s.)  Nature has carved
columns in the stone that sticks up from the beach
at low tide.  When the tides rise these become
islands, as pictured.  Then the stones, topped with
trees, are said to resemble flowerpots.  We walked
along the base of the rocks at low tide.  The tides
average about 39 feet and sometimes go up to
almost fifty feet at this point, compared to about
seven feet in Norwalk and a bit over a foot in the
Florida Keys.  This is one of the memorable sights
of our travels.  One wag wrote in the comment
section of the visitor’s book, “Please try to stop the
erosion of the flower pots.  … Vote Green Party.”!!!
This is a split view of Hopewell Rocks at high & low tide
At the western tip of the island is a wind farm.  It has
been an experimental station for the Canadian
government for the past twenty years and is now
being expanded to produce a major portion of the
island’s power needs – that is, when the wind
blows.  It is an ideal location with persistent winds,
which are above the 8-mph threshold for the
turbines to work, fully 75% of the time.  With a total
provincial population of only 140,000 the needs are
quite modest and they expect to reach the goal of
meeting almost their full power requirements in
twenty years.  Most power now is from the mainland.

The Canadian government selected this site with
warm weather in the summer and cold blustery
winds in the winter as a good test of extreme
weather conditions.  The salt air adds to the
severity.  The tests include several turbine designs
with varying levels of output – all parts of the
experimental design.  
SOUTHPORT, Nr Charlottetown)  PEI, 6/23/04

The rain continues into Canada, so it’s a good
reason to take the day off.  We arrived on Prince
Edward Island last Saturday and have been touring
the area before settling down.  The weather has
been grand – clear and cool, in the 60s.  The
scenery is beyond description, so some pictures
are in order.  
Continuing along the north shore there were freshly
plowed red fields, some with potato plants that are
just popping from the soil.  Others were being
planted with wheat and still others were being
mowed with the hay left on the ground.  The island
scenery blends seascapes with lush farmland and

Note the sharp line of demarcation between the red cliff and
white sand at Red Point Prov. Pk.

Farm near Red Point Provincial Park

Lobster traps are hauled in at end of season
French River, a fishing community on the north shore of the island, is a favorite scene
woodlots.  Colorful lupines line the roadside and will
be in full bloom in a week or two.  The red soil of
the fields and red dirt roads provides a perfect
contrast to the fresh greening fields.  The season is
about a month behind Connecticut with poppies in
full bloom.  

Naufrage Harbor is another favorite

The tourist season will kick in next week so
campgrounds and roads are quite empty.  First off
is the Canada Day celebration on July first – it’s
celebrated in the same manner as our
Independence Day.  


Canadians celebrated their 137th year since the
beginning of confederation (1867), and it was a
blast!  Charlottetown celebrated with music, dances,
street performers, boating and too much food.  We
stayed across the river from Charlottetown and had
an excellent view of the fireworks that night.  This
holiday has special meaning to PEI as the meetings
that led to the confederation were held here in
Charlottetown in 1864.

Enjoy the summer, y’all
As you can see we’ve arrived at a favorite park.  
Our site overlooks St. Mary’s Bay.  We’ll be here for
most of the summer, taking time to tour about.  
Panmure is on the south shore and towards the
eastern end of the island.  Tourists do not frequent
this area as much as the Cavendish area, which is a
favorite of Anne of Green Gables fans.  Yesterday
we took a scenic drive, put on over a hundred miles
and went way less than half that as the crow flies.  
Side roads jut out to the picturesque fishing villages
and harbors that dot the coast.  

Colorful lupines line many of the roads
and fill occasional untended fields

Lupines are now at their prime.  Roadside ditches
are more colorful than most home flower gardens.  
Can you imagine a half-acre field of lupines?  The
cheerful color adds to the festive spirit of the