NE US and Maritime Provinces 2013 travel blog

North Cape Coastal Drive sign

stacks of lobster traps

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lobsterman statue overlooking harbor

North Cape sign

motor part of wind turbine

blade of wind turbine

North Cape lighthouse

wind turbines

colts we saw along the way

Westpoint lighthouse

info on Westpoint lighthouse

coastal view of Westpoint lighthouse

sign at Potato Museum

David with giant potato

antique equipment used for potato farming

antique tractor

Guiness world record potato

picture of how potatoes grow

eating our potato soup and fries - balanced diet- not

Entrance to Bottle houses

info on the bottle

beautiful flowers at bottle house

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inside chapel

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another bottle house

a diferent bottle house

inside the bottle house

close up of inside the house

column inside bar room

story of how it began

carving on stump in the garden

view at back of bottle houses

empty harbor - all the traps have been put in the water

lobsters before

lobsters after cooking

August 8-Time to say goodbye to Ron and Marlene and move on to a different part of the island. We are going to the western side (they live almost right in the middle). We are staying at a Provincial Park, Cedar Dunes at West Point. It is right on the shoreline and we can hear the ocean from our campsite. The sand is red here, but the coastline if more flat. When we came through the little village of West Point is was a beehive of activity – the lobster season opens tomorrow. There are lobster traps sitting everywhere on the docks – there was even a flatbed tractor trailer full of traps. The lobster season here is much different than Maine – here there are two seasons, one starts August 9 for 2 months and the other is for 2 months in the spring. The lobstermen cannot work both seasons – they must pick one or the other – very restrictive. After we set up we drove up to the North Cape. North Cape is the home of the North Cape Wind Energy Interpretive Centre and Wind Energy Institute of Canada. They not only have many working wind turbines on this point, but they are also doing research regarding wind energy. Many Acadian people live in this area (like we saw in New Brunswick). There are many Acadian flags flying and there seems to be more French speaking people in this area. In season the people in this area use work horses to harvest Irish moss (unfortunately we did not get to see this but we did see a lot of large draft horses). The Irish moss is used for everything from skin care products to making pie – yes they make a pie from it.

August 9-Today it is very cloudy and threatening rain but we are leaving tomorrow so we have to get going. We are driving the other half of the loop for this area – the North Cape Coastal Drive. First stop is a big quilt shop in O’Leary. They have a good selection of fabric with themes relevant to PEI, Anne of Green Gables, potatoes, lobster, lighthouses, etc. I like to make pillow cases for our travel pillows and then when we use them it reminds us of our trips. After that we went to the Potato Museum. It had all types of equipment that had been used in planting and harvesting potatoes. It also had information panels that explained about different types of potatoes and the diseases of potatoes. And of course, they had a cafeteria where you could buy all types of potato dishes. Next we went to Cap-Egmont to see the bottle houses – it’s just like it sounds houses made out of thousands of bottles. See the picture explaining about the man’s passion to build these houses. It was pretty amazing. The gardens around the houses were breathtaking – and the view of the ocean was pretty nice too. We got back to the RV just about the time it started to really rain. Today was the day the lobster season started so David had to go back to town to get some lobster. We were very close to town so it didn’t take long for him to find a guy selling lobsters for $3 each. He came home with 5 lobsters. The guy camped next to us saw him and asked if he had any sea water – David said no – he said he had to have sea water to cook them in – that was better than just adding salt to regular water. So the guy gave David some sea water and the cooking began. He cooked one at a time (that was the biggest pot I had). After they cooled he cracked them and took out all the meat – it was a lobster bonanza! No he didn't eat it all at once. He ate some and put some of the tails in the freezer.

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