Cavendish Beach Homestead Trail

We made a decision before we went on this vacation. Before we plopped our butts down on the beach for the day we wanted to try to walk. We needed to move a bit.  

We knew from our previous visits there was a longish trail near Cavendish Beach in the national park.  we walked a short portion of it but we knew this year we'd do the long loop. I have to say that 8.4km (or 8.7 depending on which sign you read) is longer than you think it is. Especially when you walk it during one of the hottest times of days (oops). Luckily it's a PEI trail and that went we were greated with a good breeze for most of it. 

It starts as a walk in the woods.,, 

It starts as a walk in the woods.,, 

Then field.  

Then field.  

And stream  

And stream  

And bay  

And bay  

And then more field  

And then more field  

We saw herons and gulls. Chipmunks and moles.  We smelled, but thankfully did not see, skunks. We provided nutrition for some mosquitoes and black flies.

Aside from my nose and a bit of my forehead, I did not get the sunburn I richly deserved. (I forgot to pack a hat.) 

We were thrilled there was a canteen at the main entrance to Cavendish Beach that provided cold drinks, though a bit disappointed they did not have chocolate milk.  

By the time we walked from our car the trail and the trail back to the car and then the car to the beach we walked close to 10km. A good workout for the day.  The beaches in PEI are beautiful but the water was a bit brisk. They are pretty much the perfect way to cool down after a long walk. 

Selfie in a beach tent  

Selfie in a beach tent  

I splurged on a beach tent this summer. It's worth every cent and every swear word I uttered while setting it up. (It's actually not hard to set up, especially with two people, but we had just walked close to 10km.) The tent is probably what saved me from that horrible sunburn.  

It was a good day. Even if that long walk made my hips very, very angry with me. 

Beaches and Food

We spent Saturday morning getting to PEI. We crossed the bridge.  

Crossing the Confederation Bridge.  

Crossing the Confederation Bridge.  

Then it was off to the Charlottetown Farmers Market to buy new potatoes and mini doughnuts. To be honest, we could buy the potatoes lots of places but the real lure is the doughnuts.

Don't ask how long it takes us to go through a bag of 20 of these... 

Don't ask how long it takes us to go through a bag of 20 of these... 

Then it was time to check into the cottage and hit up the local stores for the rest of our supplies. We had our now traditional first night in PEI dinner of steak, potatoes, and green beans.  

It's a tradition!  

It's a tradition!  

On our way into town we missed that there was a new dairy bar so obviously we had to check that out. I doubt it will be the only time we stop there this trip. 

Yay for ice cream!  

Yay for ice cream!  

Sunday did not bring the sun but we don't let that stop us from hitting the beach. Instead of sunning ourselves we walked most of the length of Panmure Island beach. We were there in time to catch the end of low tide, so Lee got to spend a bit of time on sand bars.  

There's nothing like a good sand bar!  

There's nothing like a good sand bar!  

I had some good luck finding sea glass. I hadn't found much the last couple of years but I found a few pieces this time, including this really large piece.  

Sea glass = treasure!  

Sea glass = treasure!  

After all that walking we were kind of hungry so we hopped in the car and headed for Murray Harbour and Brehaut's. There was a bit of a wait but soon enough we were digging into our cup of chowder. 

Mmm a cup of chowder and a biscuit. Best way to start a meal!  

Mmm a cup of chowder and a biscuit. Best way to start a meal!  

We surprised ourselves when neither of us had dessert. No pie for us! Though it must be said that Lee had a banana milkshake with his meal. 

We walked off a bit of our meal by stopping at King's Castle where the large cement figures are every bit as creepy as I remember.  

Dorothy, why are you so PINK?  

Dorothy, why are you so PINK?  

And some things were even creepier than I recalled.  

I suppose jack-o-lanterns are supposed to be scary... 

I suppose jack-o-lanterns are supposed to be scary... 

But not everything is scary. The wooden fort was awesome and Lee was sad he was too big to play in it. And the play structures are fabulous with a mix of new ones and old school metal ones that would never be constructed today.  

We wandered a bit on the way back to town. We stopped to say hello to the buffalo at Buffaloland.

Hello buffalo! 

Hello buffalo! 

Shortly after that it started to rain and we headed back to the cottage. Now we're sitting around, waiting to get hungry again so we can make dinner.  

It's not a bad way to spend a Sunday. Not at all.  

Road Trippin'

We headed out on our annual road trip to PEI this morning. It was a slightly more eventful departure in the wee small hours of the morning as the raccoons, who are attempting to move into our attic permanently, showed up for the first time in a week. They sat on the roof and waved goodbye. Jerks. (Actually, I call them much worse things than jerks.) We have people scheduled to come evict them and there's not much to be done in the meantime so away we went. 

As we drove along the highway through rural Ontario, we shook off the bitter raccoony feelings. It's hard to hold on to that when you are looking through the mist at a stunning sunrise. 

Early birds don't get up for the worm. They get up for the view.
Early birds don't get up for the worm. They get up for the view.

We've done this trip enough that we've got our preparations down to a science. We try hard not to buy much food on the road. A few years ago we did a bunch of road trips and we got sick of fast food. Our cooler today was packed with water, ginger ale, cheese, deli meat, carrot sticks, and grape tomatoes. This year we added in some orange slices. The night before we leave we make pizza and it makes for a great road trip lunch.  

We dish everything out in red solo cups. They are awesome because you can stick them in your cup holder.  

Solo cup snacks are the best snacks! 

Solo cup snacks are the best snacks! 

Since we've started doing this, we really only have to stop for fuel and bathroom breaks. And coffee. We have our favourite rest stops, including Madrid 2.0. We can't help it. We like the dinosaurs. 

Dinosaur. Rawr!  

Dinosaur. Rawr!  

And of course at some point we break into the candy. You need to have candy on a road trip. For this trip we splurged on some fancy gummies. There were orange-banana ones for Lee, and bubbly bears for me. 

These bears are made with Prosecco.  

These bears are made with Prosecco.  

We like to stop in Fredericton for the night.  Since we leave early in the morning and don't stop often, we find ourselves rolling in around 3:30 local time. That gives us time to get settled  into our hotel before dinner and take a post-dinner walk to stretch our legs. 

When we stay downtown we like to head over to the newsstand and splurge on magazines and puzzle books. (We were surprised to discover that most of the rest stops we breaker at didn't sell magazines or books. ONroutes have clearly spoiled us.) 

Can you guess which of these I won't be reading? 

Can you guess which of these I won't be reading? 

Sometimes after dinner, ice cream happens. Because vacation. 

We'll keep things quiet tonight, vegging out and reading. Or maybe we'll pull up Netflix on the iPad. Then tomorrow morning, bright and early, it will be time to get back in the truck for the next leg of the trip.