Sunday, August 5, 2018

Home but busy.....



Our Location: Lakeshore Road North, Tehkummah

I know I’ve been silent for a long time but things have been busy.  We left the East Coast behind about a month ago. With rain continuously in the forecast we all agreed to head out and leave any further sight seeing attempts through the rain splattered windows behind. We were all very tired of the dreary, rainy days and the forecast wasn’t looking any better than we’d been having. We therefore didn’t tarry too long in New Brunswick, opting for only a few quick side trips before heading homeward. We left New Brunswick travelling back into Ontario on July 1 driving straight through the province of Quebec stopping only for fuel. We arrived in Cornwall, Ontario around 6:00 pm where we spent a quick over night before heading on to Buttercup Ridge in Roseneath. 


 
Janet and Dennis were of course wonderful hosts, allowing us to park once again in one of our favourite spots. Our 4 day visit passed quickly and Friday, July 6 had us heading northward again  hoping to escape the extreme heat of the area but our overnight in Sudbury at the Walmart  didn’t seem to break the heat wave. We headed toward the island Saturday morning with a quick stop in Espanola to visit cousin Karen for an hour on our way through and found the temps to be a bit more moderate. 

The muddy shores and waters of the Bay of Fundy.

We arrived back in on the Island Saturday July 7, 39 days after leaving for the east coast. It was an interesting journey with lots of sights and experiences. I personally enjoyed the Miramichi area of New Brunswick and would visit that area again. It was truly scenic and very much what I expected to see on the trip. The other areas, not so much, however that is just my own personal opinion. Perhaps it was weather related, but perhaps it was just not what I was expecting. Either way, it will not be on my bucket list again any time soon. 

 

 Since arriving back at the summer location I’ve been busy doing a number of things. Including the continued waxing of the nose cone on the Igloo, along with the rest of the Igloo as well. However the front has been getting most of the attention. With just one small portion left to do I can say the Igloo has been washed and waxed in it’s entirety. Although I am thinking of one more coat before we head out in the fall. However we shall see how that works out.  


Riley and I have also changed family doctors from Hamilton to the local area. We met with our new physician recently and have been doing the regular ‘test’ things with the new doctor, which included a trip to Sudbury for a screening. Our Doctor Maryna is  a young doctor, very blunt and up front, I like that. She’s extremely well versed in family medicine and I think we’ll be happy with her services. 



Getting caught up with family again, getting some exercise including walking and swimming, and doing a few chores around the Igloo has kept me pretty busy since our return. Construction on the Island roads make travel a pain in the butt and we haven’t been doing much of it since arriving back home. It’s hard to believe that August is upon us already and our time here is rapidly winding down with just a couple more months before we pull up stakes and head out again.

 

No rain, or at least not enough rain has multiple fire bans in place across the entire island. The smoke and haze from the Key River/French River fire has been an issue some days here in our little neighbourhood. A few days it was strong enough to cause eye irritation and coughing seemed the norm. It’s been an extremely odd weather pattern here of late with much fog rolling in and out at various times multiple times in a day instead of the usual morning only fog.

 
A number of chores and projects will be keeping my occupied for the next while and I doubt I’ll be updating my blog much while we remain here in our summer location. We will be attending to a number of things and I truly don’t believe they would be of interest to anyone.  I hope all are well and enjoying the summer!!! 


We have been having issues once again with the internet connections and have since changed our situation just in the last few days. Upon cancelling our service with Verizon it was explained that a new condition was added to the 'international' part of the contract which includes services to Mexico and Canada while travelling. All local carriers will allow only 512 mb of use before slowing the speeds of the data connection. Which means that after about an hour's use the speed is less than crawling speed. They however didn't tell us that until during the phone call to cancel our service. Interesting isn't it? 



Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed your visit.

 


Until next time….. take care, be safe,

Deb

Friday, June 29, 2018

More rain, New Brunswick.......



Our Location: Casino Moncton, Moncton, NB
 
We left PEI under overcast skies that were threatening to open up at any moment. It held off while until we reached our destination around noon, and continued the rest of the day, all night and is still coming down at 10 am today which is Friday morning. 
 
Heading toward Confederation Bridge on the Island of Prince Edward!!
 
Lupines are everywhere out here on the east coast. Known as ditch flowers.
 
We crossed the Confederation Bridge ($46 for 2 axle vehicles and $8 per each axle after that, our total was around the $64 mark) under cloudy skies and very little wind. I expected the bridge to be higher and with more cross winds and was pleasantly surprised to find neither true. Single lane each way, it's scenic and short about 13 km/8 miles I think. Leaving PEI in the rear view mirror and seeing the welcome to New Brunswick sign we are now officially heading in a home ward direction. We passed near the little town of Shediac (we stayed there on our way east) and travelled on to Moncton. The Casino Moncton allows RV parking for up to 7 days free of charge. Simply go inside and get a players card, also gives you $5 off of the buffet price. We dealt with an extremely funny fellow goes by the name of Ron who had us laughing the entire time. Nice place, we'll check out the casino today sometime. Note for those that are interested: RV parking is BEHIND the building. Follow the signs but continue on when you see the NO OVERNIGHT PARKING signs, follow the lane that runs behind the Casino to find the RV parking area. Lots of space, you need to go inside and get a card to stick in the window so security knows you're allowed there. 
 
Lots of churches as well!

Such red soil out here.
 
With rain falling we opted to stay home the rest of the day. It rained hard at times, rained all night and is intermittent right now. Hopefully it clears up by noon (although a high possibility of  heavy rain this afternoon) as the weather sort of indicates, which will allow us to do a few things outside hopefully. Tomorrow will be nice (again it's a maybe) and we can drop down to see Bay of Fundy and check out the beaches for a while. Sunday will find us heading toward Edmunston, with perhaps an overnight along the way. Extreme heat is forecast here as it is in Ontario for the long weekend, so we'll see how it goes and what we decide to do. Amazing the extremes we've been experiencing the last few days. 
 
Interesting spire on this church.

A stop just before the bridge had me notice this old truck. Must be a custom grill. It's a Ford Mercury.
 
The pics were from our short 2 1/2 hour trip from Harrington, PEI to Casino Moncton, Moncton, NB. Thanks for stopping by. 
 
Confederation Bridge leaving PEI. Note the higher middle for boat traffic and the curve before it heads to New Brunswick?

That is New Brunswick you're seeing over there.
 
Until next time... take care, be safe, 
 
 
This picture and the next one were taken through the blue tint on the Dogsled windshield, looks much bluer than it really is.

Back in the province of New Brunswick once again.

You can see the overcast skies.
 
Deb
 
 
 

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

PEI and some touring....



Our Location: Harrington Family RV Campground, Harrington, PEI

We laid over an extra day in Baddeck, NS due to rain, leaving Monday morning it was still raining and rained all day long. We opted to leave NS due to the weather forecast which had rain pretty much the entire upcoming week. Instead we headed out to Caribou Island Ferry heading for PEI instead. It rained the whole way and long into the night. 

The ferry between Caribou Island, NS and Wood Islands, PEI.

It's sister ship passing us during the crossing. 



The ferry crossing took about 75 minutes, a bit rolling which made Riley ill but she recovered quickly. We were parked on the bottom deck which is for bigger vehicles and found ourselves among empty log trucks. A few other RV's behind us but still some empty spaces available. We put our feet on land and headed off toward Charlottetown and the little village of Harrington. We arrived and managed to set up in the rain but everything is soft and it took some effort to get us level. 

Very red soil here in PEI.

Riley & Optimist Prime from Transformers.


Happy Birthday to sister Jan who celebrated on our travel day!! She's older than I am and younger than Dad. We'll leave it right there. 




 
 Tuesday morning found us seeing sunshine and wonderful blue skies, warm temps and we took full advantage of it. We headed out to Cavandish to tour the wax museum and Ripley's Believe it or not, then off to drive along the coast stopping in a number of different places, including the Acadian Museum in Miscouche, PEI. We eventually ended up at West Point Lighthouse and a quick walk along the boardwalk there. We were disappointed that the coastal highway doesn't really go along the coast but more inland and in order to reach the coastal views you pretty much have to find some 'no exit' roads and follow them to the ocean, which we didn't know at the time. A few places allows you views as you drive but not very many. 

The 1/2 ton man, and the most kissed man (short guy).

The guy had huge hands.

Made entirely of match sticks. 

We enjoyed the day on Tuesday seeing a lot of country side and the abundance of Lupines that flourish wildly here in PEI and are referred to as Ditch Flowers. Tall Phlox also grows wild here and fills many ditches as well. We stopped for a quick bite in Summerside on the way home from our day of touring and enjoyed watching two fellows pulling up some oysters right in front of the restaurant. Back home at the Igloo we talked to a couple that has a unit here for the season and live not far from where we had toured earlier in the day. Friendly folks in these parts. 

Riley and Johnny Depp at the Wax Museum.

Sister Jan enjoying some time with Denzil Washington. 

Today (Wednesday) we spent some time in Charlotteown touring a great deal of the city. Riley and I visited the Confederation House or Province House but it could only manage to watch a short video and see a few replicas of the original artifacts from Province House as it's closed for renovations. Jan toured some of the streets instead of coming with us. We all managed to find our way to St. Dunstan Basilica for a quick tour inside, as well as a walk along the waterfront at Confederation Waterfront Park. Some very cute little shops along the way. We also managed to check out a couple of laundromats before heading home to collect our dirty duds. 

Some new famous faces in this display.

The beach at West Point Lighthouse.
  
At home we picked up the dirty laundry, dropped off a few things at the Igloo and headed back into Charlottetown for a few errands. We are only a few short miles from the part of Charlottetown that we had checked out earlier and so were quite happy to tour first and leave the dirty clothes as home for that part of the day. We had the laundry completed quickly, we used the laundromat on Eden Street off of University Ave if anyone is interested. After that we headed out in search of a Chinese Buffet which we finally found just beside Walmart, which was good as we needed a few things anyway. So lunch, a couple of stops for items at Dollarama, Walmart and a drink for the Big Dog in preparation for our departure tomorrow. Today was the nicest day we've had on our entire journey so far, it reached a nice balmy 77F/25C with amazing sunshine and a fairly good breeze. We were back home just before 6 pm. The day was full for sure. 

Interesting display near the welcome to Charlottetown sign.

A replica of the table used by the fathers of confederation during the forming of Canada.
 So ends our time here in PEI. It was nice, we enjoyed the two days of touring we've done. The weather for touring has been wonderful and we've enjoyed it a great deal. A cute spot, friendly folks and some amusing accents to be sure. 

Riley and our first Prime Minister Sir John A. MacDonald having a discussion today on the streets of Charlottetown.
 
Sister Jan also was chatty with the man. 

Tomorrow we move on to Moncton, NB where we'll be staying at the Casino there for a couple of days while we tour a bit of the area. Possibility of rain again tomorrow. We're all glad to be heading in a homeward direction and hopefully some nice weather. 


Very ornate inside, all stained glass windows and some truly lavish ornamentation.
 Thanks for stopping by, hope you enjoyed your visit. 

Jan & Deb. 
Until next time... take care, be safe, 

Deb






Sunday, June 24, 2018

Fun Saturday at Adventures East Campground....




Our Location: Adventure East Campground, Baddeck, NS
 
Woke to the sounds of rain again this morning but it's hasn't rained since we traveled here on Thursday. However it looks as if rain is the weather for the next couple of days. We're debating what we should do as we've all had enough of the wet stuff. 
 
Water fall at the side of the road.

Very green, don't you think?

 Yesterday (Saturday) Jan and I toured the Alexander Graham Bell Museum in the small town of Baddeck. Riley opted to stay home. The small town of Baddeck is very picturesque sitting on the edge of Baddeck Bay. Rolling hillside, lush greens of new foliage in various hues, quaint small town feel, it feels like new found awareness after a long sleep. The air feels as if it's gearing up for some busy times but they haven't quite arrived yet. Anticipation I suppose is the tinge in the air. 

Very curvy road, scenic as well.

Sis had a difficult time getting out but here she's happy to have just gotten in.
 
We toured the museum which was educational, informative and busy. Mr. Bell was indeed a very curious man, smart, intuitive, and busy. His interests ranged over a wide variety of areas, from water, air and land, as well as helping the deaf. Truly an amazing man. 

The view from one of the whale watching pull offs.

I believe this is the MacKenzie River area as seen from the same spot as above.

 
Back home we all enjoyed the park for the remainder of the day. We watched children and adults alike participate in the Western Weekend. Sack races, three legged races, water transport, ring toss, etc. Clearly a good time was had by all. Around 5:30 there was a chili cook off in the big tent where 14 different pots of chili were in the running. Number 14 was the winner by overall ballot but none us picked that particular batch. Rolls were included and folks were encouraged to go back and taste again their favourites. A donation box was available. Such wonderful events planned for the special weekend courtesy of Katie, the sister of the park owner, Shane. Shane is only a year into this park ownership but doing amazingly well. We wish him luck!! The evening ended off with a movie for the three of us and then off to bed. 

Some great views.

We just followed this ribbon on and on.

We are debating about moving on today, what we should do and where we should go. Various weather forecasts have us thinking it may be time to head  toward PEI or back toward the inner reaches of New Brunswick. None of us have an desire to tour Halifax in the rain, it's just not fun. So we will decide that when we are all up and moving. 

Some pretty interesting shore lines along the Cabot Trail.

Yep, we went that way.

This  may have been my favourite view.

We passed through here.

The Atlantic Ocean.

I hope you've enjoyed the views.

Thanks for stopping by, enjoy more pictures from the Cabot Trail. 

Until next time... take care, be safe, 

Deb