PEI – Gables and Potatoes

 

First thing about going to PEI is the prospect of driving over the Confederation Bridge.  An engineering marvel – I couldn’t wait to see it and be able to feel like you are driving on top of the ocean.  It is fantastic.   12.9 KM (8 miles), the longest bridge over ice-covered waters in the world.  It was opened May 31, 1997.  You can get over the bridge for free but have to pay on the way out.  Cost us $65 with the truck and trailer.  Way cheaper than BC Ferries which cost us $300 when we left Vancouver Island.  (Granted the trip from Vancouver Island to the mainland is longer than 8 miles).

My first impression and what I will always remember about PEI are the colors of the fields.  Bright green grass and farmland, rolling hills, fireweed and buttercups providing more color and country roads criss-crossing the island thru small villages and towns – all with churches.  The maritime houses with tidy mowed yards that we’ve seen everywhere here on our travels.

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Colorful farm off in the distance on one of the rural roads between Charlottetown and Kinkora PEI – Aug 2017

 

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Abandoned house on a country road on PEI – Aug 2017

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One of the many cemetaries we’ve seen on our trip across Canada. This one is different because we found some surnames we recognized from Randy’s family.

You can see potato farms here and there and everyone knows how great the PEI potatoes are.  It’s a billion $ industry and a way of life since the 1700’s for the people who live here.  The colorful red dirt produces colorful potatoes as well: Russets, Whites, Reds, Yellow, and yes, Blue potatoes are all grown here.  You like Poutine?  Well it tastes better with these potatoes.. yum yum yum, my poor diet is so shot.. haha.  Then of course you have to add Lobster and Mussels to the list of diet crashers.  And just when you think it can’t get any worse someone tells you about “cow chips”.  What are they you ask?  Well they are just ripple potatoe chips dripped with chocolate.  No worries, you can try and resist, but it’s probably impossible.  Let me know how you make out!

I went on a bus tour of Cavendish Beach, Anne of Green Gables house, the village of Rustico and a preserve shop where I bought a jar of black current rhubarb jam and the diet busting “Cow Chips”.   We drove out to Basin Head Provincial Park and saw the “singing sands” beach for ourselves.  It doesn’t exactly sing, but it will squeak when you walk on it – cool spot with people jumping in to the river and then swimming thru a channel out to the beach.  Looked like fun and it was great listening to all the squeals from the kids as they played in the water.

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Anne of Green Gables property on PEI – Aug 2017

 

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Anne’s room at Anne of Green Gables house in PEI – Aug 2017

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Cavendish Beach dunes on PEI – Aug 2017

It was “welcome home” week when we were there so Charlottetown was packed.  We drove down to the Race Track / Casino / Fair and joined in the fun for the weekend.  It was hard to find parking but the atmosphere of fun and people just enjoying the Island was impressive.  It poured a ton on Saturday night and that slowed things down but people carried on.  The downtown restaurants were very busy.

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There are real crazy people inside this ride at the race track grounds in Charlottetown, PEI Aug 2017

Red Potatoes

March 15 – 2012

 

 

I went to the Safeway to buy steak and mushrooms for dinner the other day.  As I searched thru the produce section for fresh bulk mushrooms, I was, once again, reminded of some of the differences between Canada vs USA.  I couldn’t find what I was looking for at first, I ended up in the potatoe section and there is an elderly lady in a motorized chair picking out red potatoes. She commented to me that she loves Red Potatoes vs White Potatoes ’cause you don’t have to peel them!  I told her, that my husband likes them because they are firmer and don’t go mushy as fast as the white ones do. 

‘nope’, she says, whatever makes my cooking easier is what I like!

I told her that my husband does a lot of OUR cooking

she says: ‘my husband cleans like a Titan!,

 he cleans everything,

all the time,

he’s an awesome cleaner,

he’s a keeper!,

 BUT, I don’t think he even knows what COLOR OUR KITCHEN IS!!’