Return to the Scene of the Crime???
Upon strict orders from DD I have been commanded to start this Blog Post off by recounting the last day of the post, rather than my normally more orderly way of doing things, that is first to last. It seems the last day of this post, August 7, 2016, just happens to be the Captain’s and DD’s 44th wedding anniversary. And as fate would have it we just happened (orchestrated by DD) to be in Fredericton NB on this day as well, which just happens to be the location where the illustrious ceremony took place. Sure seems to be a lot of “which happens” going on here??
Regardless the return to “the scene of the crime” as the journey has been called by CC did bring back a few fond memories and a spontaneous (ahem) recommitment to the possibility of another 44 years of wedded bliss. We wondered around the downtown area in a fruitless search for our first matrimonial home, not really surprised that the old hotel was no longer there. We visited the old City hall where the deed was done and later tried to find the “beaver pond” where our only wedding picture was taken. The pond was no longer in the park but the beavers had somehow survived even without their water supply. Interestingly enough on this day the park was being used for a Gay Pride event and CC unwittingly had shown up in his most rainbowish shirt.
Prince Edward Island
In celebration of CC’s brother Don’s birthday on August 3, 2016 we headed down early to catch the 8:00 a.m. ferry to PEI. Well there probably isn’t a connection, but I did need to get in a mention of Dons 66th. Despite the early hour LL and BBB managed to get to the wharf on time and the 1 1/2 hour ferry ride was free. The catch is that when you want to leave the island which at some point regardless of how beautiful it is there you will most assuredly want to do, you will pay the price whether you go by ferry or the Confederation Bridge.
So here we were arriving on the island of PEI and the Captain, as is his wont, began wondering why it was that PEI’s 2 most famous citizens (Bud the Spud and Anne of Green Gables) both happened to be fictional. Now not to malign the island for its lack of celebrity but PEI’s other most famous person the Duffster (Senator Mike Duffy) gives credence to the old adage that the truth is stranger than fiction so maybe sticking to fictional characters is best.
So off we go in search of Bud and Anne with our first stop at the island’s capital Charlottetown. No sign of the pair here, but we did a walking tour of the old downtown area of the city that houses some vintage historical buildings and of course it is the Birthplace of Confederation, the site of the 1864 Confederation meetings. A lot of great Canadian history here for everyone here including those US guys BBB and LL, who enjoyed the tour and the outside show at the Confederation Centre.
Video of segment of the presentation.
After touring the city we headed up island to Summerside which we would use as our home base for our 4 nights here.
DD Re-Lives the Dream
After an extensive and exhaustive research project (read pamphlet from the tourist bureau) DD was ready to lead us on the search for her childhood heroine Anne of Green Gables. So August 4, 2016 would be “all about Anne” which would be a real departure for DD. First stop was at the home where Lucy Maud got married and then on to Green Gables. Green Gables which is a National Historic Site and is a hugely popular place even in this day of the internet but then both of these are virtual worlds. DD loved the place and had little tears in her eyes at times as she looked in on Anne’s bedroom and walked down Lover’s Lane. Hope everyone picked up on the new alliteration GG (Green Gables) and that we are 1 for 2 on our PEI fictional character search.
On August 5, 2016 we put our search aside and headed off for a bike ride (28 km return) along part of the Trans Canada Trail from Summerside to neighbouring Kentville. Not only was it great to get out and ride along the trail but as we rode we passed through field after field of yes you guessed it, Bud the Spud(s). This fictional character is apparently more prolific than even the most energetic bunny rabbit. So here we were just 2 days in and have completed our quest.
With this in mind we later went to the nations smallest casino for some gambling fun and LL with not so much as a by your leave turned a few shekels into a $100 win. He shall now be known as LLL (Lucky Lonesome Larry) after his recent casino successes. So BBB and LLL are finally in balance again. BBB, LLL and DD then deserted CC and went out for a fresh lobster dinner. CC was really the lucky one.
Our final day on the island August 6, 2016, we took a scenic drive around the northwest end of the island. The drive was a bit disappointing as for the most part the ocean view was blocked by vegetation and one particular area was inaccessible due to bridges being out. We did enjoy the North Cape which is the northern most point on the island.