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Travel Letters
RV Travel notes from
      the traveling gran'ma and gran'pa
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Vol 18  No 1                                                                                                                                                            June/July, 2008
Dear Gals … Your guys…
Our grandkids… our sisters

PALMYRA, ME; JUNE 19, 2008

On the way for the summer.  We gave some thought
as to whether or not to head to Canada this year or
concentrate on the northeast.  As the border is just
a couple of hours away it looks like we’ll make PEI.  
Last year’s trip to Alaska was quite tiring so this
year it’s an easy trip – with rain; when touring it’s
sorta travel a day, stay a day or two.  The nomadic
lifestyle is too appealing to stop abruptly.  

It was a pleasant and mild winter in southeastern
North Carolina…even spent time re-discovering
places we hadn’t visited in a while.  It’s hard to beat
the area.  Orton Plantation, Airlee Gardens and
Greenfield Lake are true beauty spots in the
spring.  And for history buffs there are Moores
Creek, Fort Fisher, Brunswick Town and a favorite,
the USS North Carolina.  It seems that each year
there is an air show – this year by the U.S. Army.













CIVIL WAR FORTIFICATION AT BRUNSWICK TOWN
The route north was up along the New York - New
England border then across the mountains into
Maine.  Seems out of the way from eastern
Connecticut, where we visited family, but it avoids
the busy I-95 corridor.  The scenery is typical "New
England” with covered bridges, village greens, fast
moving streams, mountains and narrow twisty roads
meander past small farms.  It is hilly with truck run-
away escapes at the steep grades.  Clusters of
purple lupines line the road.  

RV parks vary.  Our last one bordered a brook in
which a beaver had been at work with a felled tree
next to the water.  The one we are at now has an
eighteen hole golf course as an amenity.  So far it is
hard to tell whether RVers have cut-back.  Several
RV parks expect increased “local” business to offset
a drop in transients.  
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ORTON PLANTATION
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CABOT BEACH PROVINCIAL PARK, PEI;
                                             JUNE 29, 2008

As you can see, we made it.  The first night in
Canada was at St. Andrews by the Sea, in the
province of New Brunswick.  This is an historic
coastal town near the U.S. border.  A number of the
homes were built in the late 1700s and early 1800s.  
Many have colorful flower gardens.  The town is an
established summer resort area with B&Bs, motels
and a large resort hotel.  This appears to have
happened without intruding on the historic character
of the residences.  

At this time the tides swing about 17± feet between
high and low, more than twice that of Norwalk.  Our
site was about a half mile from the center of town,
photo below, and right on the waterfront.  















Prince Edward Island has honored us with the first
full day of sun we’ve had in almost a week.  The red
fields have been planted.  Patches of lupines dot
the roadside and fill some fields, below.  It’s a blast
of colour.  That full sun has shifted to on-and-off
showers.  Crops are behind normal about two weeks
and with persistent rain we wonder if seeds will rot in
the ground













DARNLEY BASIN, NEAR CABOT BEACH PROVINCIAL PARK

Yesterday a lobsterman told us that the lobster
season ends is a couple of days – they’re now
bringing in the traps and securing their boats.  As
we learned on earlier trips, other parts of the island
have different lobster seasons.  It has apparently  
been a good year for lobsters, or more accurately it
was bad for lobsters but good for lobstermen as it’s
a reasonably good harvest.  

The current economics of lobstering is that a good
harvest is not enough to offset the increased
costs.  As the major consumer market is the US, the
decline in the value of the US dollar has had a
negative impact.  The island’s economy is also
facing problems with the low prices of potatoes and
probably a poor tourist season.  All in all, PEI is too
far away from population centers to generate
substantial new business.  Yesterday a boatyard
announced that it was closing because it lacked
new orders for lobster boats.  
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PANMURE ISLAND PROVINCIAL PARK;
                  JULY 14, 2008

We finally made it to Panmure, two weeks ago.  You
may recall that this is our favorite beach on PEI.  
But, on the way we celebrated Canada Day at
Charlottetown, the capital of this island province.  
The weather cleared in time for the fireworks and a
major concert.  We could hear the concert half a
mile away, across the river.  I cannot comment on
the quality of music but we believe that in the near
future investors can reasonably anticipate solid
appreciation in the stock of Beltone hearing aids.
















As much as we enjoy Panmure we took off for three
nights to stay at the PEI Bluegrass & Old Time Music
Festival at Rollo Bay.  An estimated five hundred
RVs pulled onto the field and dry camped for several
days – it’s fun.  From morning ‘til night there’s a
never ending string of groups, mostly quite good
and some are very good.  It is a pleasant venue with
the concert taking place in a natural bowl.  Children
run up a facing hillside.  They do summersaults or
cart wheels, or just roll down it.  It’s a family event.  
The volume was reasonable, and as you might
suspect the audience was somewhat older than
those at Charlottetown.  













We do enjoy the lupines; that’s one of the many
things we enjoy at Panmure Island.  They are
prolific.  














POTATO FIELD  IN BLOOM ON PANMURE ISLAND

We have learned that the potato crop appears to be
surviving the wet spring season and should have a
satisfactory yield.  There may be a problem of the
contracted price.  Much of the crop is sold under a
price established by the Cavendish Company that
processes them as the frozen French fries you get
in the US.  Will the growers be able to make a
satisfactory profit?  Some are retiring as their
operations are unprofitable.  There has been a
decline in the total acreage for agriculture in recent
decades and to all appearances it may be
accelerating.   


So, y’all have a great summer…
A NEARBY FISHING PIER OFF ST. MARY’S BAY
Note: Orton Plantation closed for
an             indefinite period in June,
2010.