2008 Keys 2 Canada travel blog

the road north from West Point

potato fields on the inland side

and we're starting to see wind generators

roadside grasses

and weeds

and seeds

with lots of wind to go around

in some places the potato fields go right down to the cliffs

while other bluffs provide pasture

potato field

wind towers and plastic wrapped tubes of silage

west P.E.I. farm

farmhouse

farming and fishing - the two main occupations

beginning to farm the wind now

north shore marina

lobster fishery

nearing North Cape

as we drove up they all stopped at once

North Cape Lighthouse and Wind Energy Interpretive Center

the reef is mostly covered at high tide

this man and his horse were dragging a rake and harvesting Irish...

but we never did see them pull out any

view of the research towers from inside the interpretive center

the center has some good historical exhibits

Madolyn standing next to an actual size propellor hub

when we came out man and horse were gone

Movie Clips - Playback Requirements - Problems?

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Windmills

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One Windmill

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Horse going to Island

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Wind Test Farm


“The answer my friend, is blowin’ in the wind” - Bob Dylan - Thursday, July 24

We woke to a grand view across the Northumberland Straight. Despite bright sun and a clear, blue sky, New Brunswick was socked in with a heavy layer of fog. We enjoyed the view for a while, then got on the road and headed north around the west end of Prince Edward Island.

The drive was relaxing. There were no spectacular scenes to photograph or describe, just easy rolling hills on the inland side of the road, and barren bluffs gently sloping to low cliffs on the seaside. Potatoes are the cash crop here, and we passed many acres of bright green fields dotted with sweet smelling white blossoms. Some of the fields sported purple blossoms, and the roadside was lush with wildflowers of all colors and descriptions.

Prince Edward Island is Canada’s Rhode Island, a small but potent province with an identity very much it’s own. Here you can forget what a mess the rest of the world is in. Here the world seems safe and sane. Civilized where civilization exists, and wild and beautiful where man has left it alone.

Our journey took us to North Cape, a point of land at the extreme northwest end of the island. At 47 degrees north latitude we are not as far north as we were at Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park in Montana and Alberta, but we are as far as we’re going to get on Prince Edward Island. Here the island is wind swept - from all points of the compass - and here they have set up a wind power research station, and a wind farm of active propeller driven generators.

We parked and got out to go into the Visitor and Interpretive Center, but got temporarily sidetracked by the sight of a man on horseback walking out into the water dragging a large rake behind the horse. He was harvesting moss, which is used for a variety of purposes, one of which is hardening ice cream. When we came out of the Visitor Center an hour later he and the horse were gone.



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