Brackley Beach to East Point, PEI
Aug 8, 2007
|Once again the forecast was for rain but the day started out sunny enough. We rode through the national park then continued along the north east coast towards East Point, the easternmost tip of the island. Along the way we followed a little dirt road to the water and found a fairly secluded beach with no one about. We also took a detour into a lovely little fishing port called Naufrage Harbour with no one around but a few lobster fishermen; not a mini-golf course in sight.
We passed a church hall called St. Margrets advertising lobster suppers about mid afternoon and marked it on the GPS just in case we wanted to circle back there for supper. The island is very narrow at this end so no matter where we ended it it would not be to far back to it.
We reached East Point and took a few photos then headed down the east coast. The wind was starting to blow pretty good which I suppose was not unusual since there is another wind mill farm located hear with about 10 very large wind generators.
Not far fron East point we passed a sign advertizing a Ceilidh tonight at 8:00 PM at a local community hall. We had heard about these musical get togethers and seen them advertized at community hall through-out the island. Just down the road we found a motel with a vacancy so decided to stay near East Point, go to St. Martha's for supper then go to the Ceilidh.
What a great night it turned out to be! The wind was really getting strong when we left for St. Margert's church hall and it looked like it would rain any minute but we figured we could not stay in just because of a little rain.
We reached St. Margeret's without getting rained on and had the best lobster supper we have ever had. Everything was home made including a chowder to start, several different salads and a huge home made desert, not to mention the whole lobster.
Just as we finished supper it began to rain and blow hard. We donned our rain gear and headed for the community hall. I had a general idea where it was but was not sure so it took a little bit to find it. We were about 45 minutes early and our room was just down the road so we decided to head back to the motel to wait and dry off a little bit.
Once we were back in our warm, dry room it took a little bit of determination to go back out into the rain but we talked ourselves into it and were very glad we did.
As we learned, A Ceilidh (pronouced Kay-Lee), is a very informal get together where local musicians, dancers and story tellers get together to perform. Much like amature talent night, anyone who wants to can come up and play or do what ever they like. Unlike amature talent night, most of these people were very talented.
There were singers, piano players, guitar players and even a fellow playing a huge bass fiddle. The highlight for us was a young lad of about 14 or 15 who was a great fiddle player.
Half way through the evening there was an intermission with home made biscuts, home made jams and tea served. Near as we could tell everyone was either living in the immediate area or visiting "back home". We seemed to be the only ones "from away."
Several songs told stories of those who had moved away to Alberta seeking their fotunes but longed for home in PEI. I am really getting a sense of what it would be like to move away from this beautiful country atmosphere, leaving all your family and friends to work in Fort MacMurry. Quite frankly I don't think anyone in Alberta really understands the sacrifices these people make to come to Alberta. I can't imagine doing the other way.
This was one of the best days we have had on this trip and will be a fond memory for a long, long time.