Great Cormorants!Posted: June 5, 2012
Greetings from Prince Edward Island! Even on vacation, the laundry must be done. I’ve also done some cooking, and washed more than a few dishes. It’s no great hardship. Sometimes it’s nice to have the luxury of a home cooked meal, especially when you’re traveling during the off-season and most of the good places to eat are not yet open.
After taking care of our laundry chore and checking out of our suite in Alma, M and I slowly made our way to the north central part of Prince Edward Island. We took care of some practical type shopping in Moncton, where we also had a scrumptious lunch at Pisces By Gaston. The food was fresh and wonderful, the best we’ve had so far on this trip.
We checked into our B&B, and then set out to have a look at the coast. The weather is brisk. I find it invigorating, but others might describe it as cold. It’s in the 40s, quite windy, with heavy cloud cover and the occasional misty rain.
I fell in love with PEI the moment we set tires on the island. I almost wish I could have walked across to our B&B just so I could take my time soaking in the scenery. It’s a land of green and red, rolling hills, red and white sand beaches. Pastoral is a word usually used to describe the area, especially the interior farmlands. The large swaths of red earth are beautiful. It wasn’t until after we’d booked our B&B and decided on places we wanted to visit that we found out this is also Anne of Green Gables land. I’ve never read the books or seen the series, but have in interest in doing so now. Well, not right now. When I go home, perhaps.
We took a brief drive along the coast, just to get our bearings and decide what we want to do tomorrow. The weather is supposed to be pretty much the same — gray, windy, rainy. I got out of the car a few times to have a look at the rough waves of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the red cliffs and the beaches. While standing at one point above the shore, I noticed the cormorants gathered on a rock. I hiked west a bit to look at where they were flying in and out, chuckling at the funny way they stick their feet out when they’re getting ready to land (as if putting on the brakes), when all of a sudden what looked to be a hundred or so birds came flying out of the cliffside at once.
The wind, the roughness of the waves, and all those birds filling my line of sight was amazing and filled me with a huge sense of awe. The photos I took don’t do the moments any kind of justice. You had to be there.
I am looking forward to getting out and exploring on foot tomorrow even if it is gray, windy, misty, and a bit rough. This is the sort of coastal weather that makes me feel alive.
That’s it from PEI for now. Although we didn’t do nearly as much hiking or walking as the past day or two, I am exhausted and looking forward to a good night’s sleep. We had dinner at a place recommended by our hosts here at the B&B. The restaurant was filled with locals, the food was home-style, and very good. It’s made me sleepy. I can’t imagine how I’m going to feel after we experience a lobster supper tomorrow.
Thanks for joining me on my travels! And please pardon the typos, etc. I’m doing the best I can with a reconditioned (is that the right word) laptop. The keyboard and jumping cursor are driving me a little crazy at times.