Continuing with the lobster fest

Trip Start Jul 27, 2012
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Trip End Aug 18, 2012


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Ferry ride and rain

Flag of Canada  , Prince Edward Island,
Thursday, August 2, 2012

Today was pretty much a bus day. Left Baddeck at about 8 and took a ferry across to Prince Edward Island or PEI as the locals say. It rained on and off all day but did not really matter. Stopped for lunch at a small shopping center with a Tim Horton's (Canadian Denny's), a supermarket and a Subway sandwich shop. All cafes in area were way too small for us. It worked out great - bob and I had lobster sandwiches (I of course had DOUBLE lobster on mine),continuing with our daily lobster requirement. There was even a sign for MacDonalds that has a McLobster.

PEI is a very green lush island known for growing 80 different kinds of potatoes. Locals are sometimes called spud islanders. This is Scottish country, no more French spoken, but it is still a national policy for all govt signs to be in the 2 languages. This is the place that prince william and kate honeymooned.

Pay attention now, bit of history coming:

The name Acadia was originally Arcadia which was named by an early explorer who thought it looked like the Arcadia region in Greece. Over the years, the R has dropped off. The big Scottish emigration took place in the mid 1700s after the Scottish forces in Scotland were wiped out by the British at the Battle of Culloden. The British imposed such severe penalties on them, even for wearing a kilt and outlawed the bagpipe so many left Scotland for New Scotland or Nova Scotia. Many towns are named after Scottish cities, Glasgow, etc.

Back to yesterday and Fort Louis-something-  bob wrote about it but I cannot remember the full name. It was built by the French in the 1700s to protect the bay but their engineers were not exactly the brightest bulb as they say so they built in on a very low area and had all of the cannon permanently pointing out to sea because they assumed that was the only way the enemy could approach them, the enemy being the british.

Fast forward about 15 years to when, a British officer was captured by the French and  taken back to the Fort as a prisoner. This is the funny part  and shows how the rules of war have changed - in those days, it was considered improper to imprison an officer, even an enemy,so they just bunked him down with the French officers and gave him the run of the Fort. Naturally, he strolled about and saw the inadequate defenses. Several months later, he was traded in a prisoner exchange and went back to his British unit.Again a funny item,before able bodied prisoners could be exchanged, they had to sign a pledge that they would not fight against them for at least one year(yeah right!). Well, the British officer went back to his commander and the British army subsequently landed about 3 miles down the beach out of cannon range and took over the fort without any fuss. This actually happened 2 times over the next 2 years.

The Newfoundlanders are apparently the butt of many jokes in this area and we were treated to a number of them in the bus:  Here are the best ones - feel free to replace Newfoundlanders with your favorite  group to insult.  Newfoundlanders are called "newfis" for short.

1.    Did you hear about the newfi who wanted to  go to Toronto. He came to a fork in the road and there was a big sign that said "Toronto Left" so he went home!

2.    Now many newfis does it take to ice fish?  Ten,   one to cut the ice and 9 to push the boat through the hole.

3.     My favorite:  Did you hear about the newfi man who went ice fishing and caught 10 pounds of ice but when he brought it home, his wife almost drowned trying to cook it !!!! (drumroll please!)

More later, there is only one computer in the lobby of the small hotel here and everyone wants to use it so have to go now.

PEI Shirley


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Lisa on

ike Mom said in last entry, there was a lot of lobster in Maine as well but I have to say the scallops were what I could not get enough of. I read that Bob had some at one point, but you should definitely get some if you have the chance. Thanks for the contact info for the house sitters - I didn;t get it until after I was on the road and it seemed too late to call and turn up on the door step so went straight through to the bay area. There was absolutely NO traffic the whole way even through the LA area which was a miracle in itself. It only took me 12 hours to go from Phoenix to Palo Alto.
You description of the prisoner at the fort reminds me of another similar story during the French Indian War I believe where a former prisoner showed the army a way to get up to the fort - kind of coming in the back door so to speak where they did not have the protection. IOn this case the fort was built on a cliffside and they thought it was invincible but the officer showed a back trail that got them up to the fort during the night and ion the morning the French were so surprised they came out of the forst to fight and therefore lost the battle...I'll call Bob when I come back through - it will be Tuesday night since my ferret sitter is going out of town Wednesday so I need to get back for the ferrets. Enjoy the rtest of your trip

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