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We decided on a driving day, touring a new corner of the province. Again it will mostly be lighthouses and beaches.
First we had to get out of the campground. There was a triathlon on today and the place where they changed from biking to running was right at the entrance.
They let the cars out one by one, between the runners.
The GPS is programmed to find the fastest route. Around here I can always count on it taking us over at least one dirt road but they are usually pretty smooth.
On the way to our first stop we passed another set of bottle houses.
They didn’t look nearly as impressive as the other place so we didn’t stop.
Also, way out in the country, was another dairy bar. I guess the farmers like their ice cream just like the rest of us (and lobster rolls).
The first stop was the Point Prim Lighthouse. This is the oldest lighthouse on the island.
Since the view looked interesting I paid my $4 and went up.
They always try and have little museums inside, I guess to justify the cost, but they are all the same.
This one did have something I had not seen before. A manual foghorn. You pump the handle back and forth which I guess is connected to a bellows. You could try it. I got some sound out of it but not enough to warn a ship.
Another plastic Fresnel lens. The glass one was, again, downstairs.
Jennie, down at the point.
Back up to me,
I tried to take this panorama, with one shot from each pane of glass.
Next stop was a small nearby harbour. I liked the name of the boat.
If there is a beach, Jennie will find it.
It was littered with jellyfish. Each of the dark splotches is one.
Next was the Woods Island Lighthouse.
We had lunch here.
This is where the ferry from New Brunswick lands and it was coming in as we got there.
Jennie spied another beach below us. This cliffs were quite steep here but if you went close to the ferry channel you could get down.
There were lots of interesting shapes in the rocks.
As we were walking along, birds were swooping around us. Their nests were in the cliffs.
We walked down to what we thought was the point. It wasn’t. We turned back.
By this time the ferry was leaving.
Driving on across the bottom of PEI we had wide flat views of the Northumberland Strait.
I guess it is a good place to grow grapes.
Our next stop was a quick one. The Cape Bear Lighthouse. It was worth a picture but you could see all the scenery from the ground so I didn’t go up.
Around the corner of the point was Murray Head.
It was calm and the water was clear so you could see a lot of interesting rock formations under the water.
It was too steep for us to get down to this beach but someone found a way.
We drove to the point at the end of the beach. I guess some people have parked to close to the edge.
I decided to climb down to the very tip.
Our final stop was just called Beach Point. This is the view from the beach back to the point I had been standing on.
The picture the other way didn’t work out. It is a popular beach with the locals. There were about 30 other people here. The water is shallow a long way out so it was quite warm. This time I did bring my bathing suit but there was nowhere to change that wasn’t very public. I just gave Jennie the keys and waded in with what I had on.
We stayed for about an hour and a half. Jennie scoured the shore walking along at ankle depth and I followed along about a hundred feet out and at chest depth.
Finally the amount of sun got to us and we both got very tired. It was a wet 30 minute drive home as I didn’t change.
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