2010 New England and Atlantic Canada travel blog

New Annan, PE - Crystal Beach Campground - Site C3

New Annan, PE - Crystal Beach Campground - Site C3, another view

New Annan, PE - Crystal Beach Campground - Site C3 - view...

New Annan, PE - Crystal Beach Campground - Site C3 - view...

New Annan, PE - Crystal Beach Campground - Site C3 - view...

New Annan, PE - Crystal Beach Campground - Site C3 - view...

New Annan, PE - Crystal Beach Campground - Site C3 - a...

Oyster Bed Bridge to New Annan, PEI 0 - our route -...

Sunset shots through the windshield 1

Sunset shots through the windshield 2

Sunset shots through the windshield 3

Sunset shots through the windshield 4

Sunset shots through the windshield 5

Sunset shots through the windshield 6

Sunset shots through the windshield 7

Sunset shots through the windshield 8

North Cape Coastal Drive 0 - the trail route - 235 miles

North Cape Coastal Drive 1 - Downtown Summerside

North Cape Coastal Drive 2

North Cape Coastal Drive 3

North Cape Coastal Drive 4 - Eglise Notre-Dame du Mont-Carmel (Church of...

North Cape Coastal Drive 5

North Cape Coastal Drive 6

North Cape Coastal Drive 7

North Cape Coastal Drive 8

North Cape Coastal Drive 9 - the sign denoting this coastal drive

North Cape Coastal Drive 10 - a big urn made of bottles,...

North Cape Coastal Drive 11 - a big potato outside the Potato...

North Cape Coastal Drive 12 - Lighthouse at West Point

North Cape Coastal Drive 13

North Cape Coastal Drive 14 - the leaves they are a changing

North Cape Coastal Drive 15 - one of the large wind turbines...

North Cape Coastal Drive 16

North Cape Coastal Drive 17 - that doesn't even sound good!!!

North Cape Coastal Drive 18

North Cape Coastal Drive 19 - now that is some mail box...

North Cape Coastal Drive 20 - the water tower on Lennox Island...

North Cape Coastal Drive 21 - a teepee and totem pole in...

North Cape Coastal Drive 22 - the placard at the Wind Turbine...

North Cape Coastal Drive 23 - these things are much larger than...

North Cape Coastal Drive 24 - I could walk through this hole...

North Cape Coastal Drive 25 - this blade is almost half a...

North Cape Coastal Drive 26 - some of the wind farm at...

North Cape Coastal Drive 27 - just one of these puts out...

North Cape Coastal Drive 28 - the lighthouse at North Cape

North Cape Coastal Drive 29 - this homeowner must really be into...

North Cape Coastal Drive 30

North Cape Coastal Drive 31


The trip Sunday to New Annan was a quick 36 miles taking less than an hour. We didn't take any pictures of the trip since it was previously covered territory. That will be our last short trip this summer as the rest will be anywhere from 100 to over 200 miles as we work our way back to Florida through Quebec, Ontario, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, South Carolina and Georgia. We are staying at Crystal Beach Campground which is located on a bay just south of the North Cape of PEI. We have full hookups, decent WiFi, good Verizon coverage and the satellite is coming in pretty strong. The campground is about half seasonal which are up in a wooded section away from the shoreline, leaving the shore area for the transients. There are very few sites occupied here right now and the campground will be closing for the season in a week. If the campground were full, the sites would be a little tight but not as bad as some others we have stayed in. With few here, we have at least a site between each RV. They don't assign sites (at least in the off season) and let you drive around and find your choice of what's left. Monday we did the North Cape Coastal Drive which took us about 10 hours to cover the 235 miles and see the sights. It was a pretty drive: sometimes along the coast, at other times inland. One interesting place we stopped was the Potato Museum. It was very informative and explained how PEI is the largest producer of Potatoes in Canada and is a major supplier of premium seed potatoes for the entire country and the USA. Another interesting stop was at the North Cape where they have the Wind Turbine Center where they had some of the equipment on display where you could see how large these things actually are. They don't look that large in the field but are bigger than a football field when erected and spinning. The newer ones produce 3,000 kilowatts of energy per hour which is over twice what our home consumed last November. We can see four of these turbines from our campsite and they haven't stopped spinning since we arrived, churning out that three megawatts of power 24/7/365. That's over 26 billion watt-hours per turbine per year! You might want to go back to our Apr 23, 2009 entry at Tehachapi, CA last year and look at that wind farm. Though a good many of those are smaller than these, they must still generate a tremendous amount of energy. Tuesday we stayed in as Hurricane Igor did its thing. We were a long way from the center but still had to weather some very strong winds as it went east of here and up alongside Newfoundland. It woke us up about 1:00 a.m. with the slide awnings flapping and making quite a racket. We had to put in the slides and still slept fitfully through the night. The winds finally died down about 7:00 p.m. Tuesday and we got back to normal. Tuesday afternoon we did go into Summerside to get a few things for the larder and Doris managed to get another Lobster. We don't know if that will be the last one or not. The Sobey's here are pretty good about having live lobsters they will steam for you. Hopefully Quebec and Ontario will also have a supply.

Wednesday we also stayed in a took care of some things around the Mothership as well as confirming where we will be staying in Quebec and Ontario. We have had this really annoying squeak in the dash for a while now so I tore it apart to see if I could see what is going on. I did find the instrument cluster had a bolt very loose that would allow it to do a lot of moving behind the dash. I tightened it up and now we can just pray that will take care of it. There is nothing more aggravating than a squeak you can't find. Tomorrow we head for Fredericton, NB for two nights.

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