Sunday, June 16, 2013

The Lange B & B called Island Tree Farm

The first night out we stayed with Barry's cousin, Robert Lange at his bed and breakfast about 50 km. from the causeway to Cape  Breton Island.  We had a great visit and in the morning Robert showed us his Christmas Tree Farm.  They had lots of beautiful trees to pick from, but Robert said the money was in making wreaths, not in selling trees, he could make a wreath in an hour and sell it for $25.00, when he sold the trees to a lot he only got $4.00 a tree, cut and delivered to the lot.  He showed us an example which was in great shape considering it had sat there for 5 months.  
 From the farm we headed over to take the ferry to PEI, Barry had never been, we just missed a ferry so had 3 hours to fill.  We headed into Pictou, NS and toured an exhibit about the Herbert, a boat that brought over a load of Scotsman, that were the first settlers in the area. They had removed the tree masts and all the rigging in order to check them out and they unbelievable as they laid outside the building.  I am in the background to give a scale, as you can see they are huge. 
Landing in PEI
The red earth was in full view as we landed at Wood Island.  It was a bitter day, threatening rain and the temp. was supposed to go down to 8 or 9.  We both decided that tenting was not an option so we drove around until we found this lovely Inn in Georgetown.  I had some strange thought that Georgetown would be a big place, probably because of the other Georgetown's in the world, but it was quite small, but we managed to find a lovely spot to spend the night.  They had a great restaurant inside the Inn and we had a lovely dinner, dining on chowder, mussels and crab.  
We drove into Charlottetown and visited the spot where Confederation began.  The building is very well preserved and the PEI legislature stills meets in the building.  It was interesting to learn the nuts and bolts about how Confederation began and to see a re-enactment of the ball that took place after the talks.
The meeting room where Confederation was hatched. 

 We headed across the new bridge between PEI and New Brunswick and headed north and east around the Gaspe Pennisula.  Our first night in the tent was cold, I had my towel draped over me and was still cold whereas Barry in his new Canadian Tire sleeping bag was very comfortable.  Our stove worked fine and heated up a great can of pork and beans, not just any but Libby's Deep Browned Pork and Beans, not that is camping.  The next morning we stopped at Maugish National Park. It has one of the world's best collection of fossils.  There are cliffs along the Baie de Chaleur that have layered sandstone that have fantastic fossils.  There are 3D fossils of fish as well as great plant and tree fossils, we spent a couple of hours learning about this very interesting spot.  
 We drove east along the shores of the Gaspe, it is rather like the Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia, a road squashed between the water and the mountains. The Appalachian run all along the middle of the Gaspe. and at times come right down to the water.  Once we had rounded the eastern tip and were travelling along the north shore we saw the famous  Roche Pierce.  It is quite the site, the sea was very calm today and it made a lovely picture.  We have continued west and at the moment we are almost  at the end of the peninsula.  I had a better night last night covering myself with both of our fleecies, and I don't think it was as cold.  Last night we had a salad, with a spaghetti dinner and I sipped a glass of red wine as we watched the sun set over the St. Lawrence River. Life is good!!