July 2006 Archives

Thursday, the West Cape

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Our home away from home, Heritage Harbour House Inn (Charlottetown, PEI)

Another busy day for the honeymooners on PEI! Today we hit the North Cape Costal Drive that loops around the west side of PEI in Prince County. Our trip took us by road construction on route 2 and we took a picture to show everyone back home how red the dirt is here on the island. It is everywhere, even the sand on the beaches is this red color. They also sell t-shirts in the shops that are dyed with the dirt so that it has that reddish tint to it!

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Why is it red? We have no idea, but we want to bring some home!

Our first stop of the day was in Cap-Egmont at The Bottle Houses (Maisons de Bouteilles). We walked through the three buildings that are made of over 25,000 different colored glass bottles. It was really beautiful to see the light shining in through all the bottles. This place is featured in the book, 1000 Places to See Before You Die, only 999 more places to go!

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Bottles, bottles everywhere but not a drop to drink!

After lunch we headed up the coast to the most northwestern point on PEI, North Cape. At North Cape, nature and technology come together in the form of red dirt beach and 17 huge windmills! This is the site for the Atlantic Wind Test Site and Wind Farm. From reading the signs on display, each windmill produces 660 kW! Matt and I are thinking of installing one at our home and telling CMP to get lost! Also at North Cape there is a 2 mile long rock reef which a few crazy people were trying to walk across as we arrived, and the tide was coming in!

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Gone with the Wind (check out that car beside the wind mill on the left!)

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Gone with the Wind II

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LL Bean model in the making!

After North Cape we headed down the west coast to West Point to see the lighthouse there. Yet another PEI lighthouse with a little black and white stripe design!

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Is it black with white stripes or white with black stripes?

Our last stop before heading home was in O'Leary at the PEI Potato Museum! Not only did we go to the museum but it just happens to be the PEI Potato Blossom Festival this week! Matt and I were amazed at how SPUD-tacular this museum was! Who knew there was enough stuff about potatoes to make a museum! I got to put my potato beetle killing skills to the test with a game that they had in one of the exhibits!

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What a SPUD-tacular museum!

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Die potato beetles...DIE!

Honeymoon Update

The Honeymooners have arrived in Prince Edward Island and we are really living it up Canadian style! Our trip took about (aboot) 8 hours and I (Mrs. Kopishke) got to drive over the Confederation Bridge (11 miles). We are staying at the Heritage Harbor House Inn, a B&B in Charlottetown, the capital of PEI. We are walking distance from shops, restaurants, and the COWS ice cream shop which rivals Ben and Jerry's!

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Watch out Lance Armstrong, here come Mr. and Mrs. Kopishke!

On Tuesday, we hit the Confederation Trail. The trail runs from one end of PEI to the other (aboot 273 Km) but we hopped on outside of Charlottetown and rode 28 Km (aboot 17.5 miles). When we returned home we both took a long awaited nap and then set off for Victoria-by-the Sea for supper. We followed Blue Heron drive to Victoria and stopped at Port-la-Joye lighthouse along the way.

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In Canada all the lighthouses look the same!

We also saw some amazing landscapes on our way to Victoria. One that really blew our mind was the amount of costal farmland property. We mean, potato fields or cow pastures up to the edge of the ocean!

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Les Pomme-de-terre sur la mer. (Potatoes by the ocean.)

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Matt, my guiding light!

In Victoria, we visited a candle shop and took some photos of the lighthouse there. We ate at 40 Knots, a restaurant on the pier where I had my first Molson Canadian beer...no twin label technology though!

Today, Wednesday, we hopped in the car and drove Blue Heron drive towards Anne of Green Gables land. We stopped in North Rustico, a small lobstering village, along the way. We visited the tiny museum there where we learned that they still use wooden traps to catch lobsters.

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Trapped in North Rustico....she's a keeper!

After North Rustico, we headed to Cavendish, the home of Green Gables. We walked through the barn and surrounding forests. We even walked down "Lovers Lane" and "The Haunted Woods".

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Two lovers stop to take a picture on Lover's Lane.

More Fievel

More pictures BJ took today:

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He's really becoming active, the wheel is his new best friend.

And for those who are visual...

Fievel in all his glory:

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These were taken shortly after he ate hence the wet nose.

T minus 2 weeks and counting!

Love is in the air, or maybe that is the smell of 72 jars of strawberry jam? Only two weeks until Matt and I tie the knot and still many "little" details left to take care of. Matt and I have been taking dance lessons at Swing and Sway in Rockland so our First Dance will look AWESOME. Fred and Ginger.....watch out! We are very excited for the Zell's to arrive from Tennessee next Saturday. Elizabeth, my niece, can't wait to see Bitty Bitty and Ma-Ma Matt's farmhouse for the first time!

Matt and I have recently rescued a baby deer mouse from sure death at Tom Heath's cabin. We have made a little home for "Fievel" with shavings and hampster gear in a 10 gallon fish tank. After reading about caring for abandoned mice, we predict that he is about 14 days old! One of his eyes has begun to open today, how exciting. I have been feeding him soy based baby formula every 4-6 hours, my mothering instinct is kicking in! If he survives, I plan to keep him as a class pet for the coming school year. We will post some pictures of our newest addition after his eyes are open.