Mother-Daughter Road Trip, Part 1

The first part of our trip was rather uneventful, but now I have a few photos and events to report on, so I thought I’d write a quick update. I caught my early train on Sunday and met up with my mom as planned in Baltimore. We hit the road and, for once, traffic wasn’t too bad on the I-95/NJ Turnpike route. We got to our hotel in Connecticut right around dinner time and had a good swim that evening in the hotel pool to unwind after the drive. Monday morning, we started off with another swim and then hit the road for Bowdoinham, Maine, where we had lunch with a childhood friend of my mom’s. Then it was on to St. Andrews, New Brunswick (with an amazingly easy border crossing – not a single other car in sight), a quaint little town right on the coast. We had dinner in the small downtown area – delicious lobster cakes and sweet potato fries.

Tuesday morning was rainy, foggy, and quite cool, so we were sure our whale watching boat trip would be cancelled. We breakfasted downtown, and then went to wait for our trip to be cancelled. To our surprise, the trip was a go, and though cold and rainy (no good pictures), we had a wonderful time. One of the guides was especially passionate about marine biology and he was a delight to listen to. We saw 3 or 4 minke whales, as well as plenty of porpoises and seals. Here’s a dreary picture of a salmon farm in the Bay of Fundy.

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After the boat trip, it was pouring rain. We popped into a Tim Horton’s for a light lunch of soup and bagels, then hit the road for Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. After checking in to our hotel, we went to the downtown area for dinner. We shared a fabulous meal at Row House Lobster Co.

Tempura Lobster Lollipops
Tempura Lobster Lollipops
PEI mussels
PEI mussels
Lobster risotto
Lobster risotto

Today, we decided to check out Prince Edward Island National Park and some of the coastal drive because we had nice weather. We visited Dalvay-by-the-sea, a Queen Anne style hotel that played the role of the White Sands Hotel in the Anne miniseries.

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Then we worked our way up to the Cavendish area, where we saw the beautiful red cliffs.

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From there, we went straight to lunch at The Brickhouse, where we each got the “Island Duo” – a half serving of lobster poutine (basically, French fries with lobster bisque and cheese poured on them) and a delicious seafood chowder. Heavenly food!

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Then we attended the 2:00 showing of Anne of Green Gables: The Musical. It was a little cheesy, as to be expected, but very well done overall and lots of fun.

Dinner consisted of a stop at Cows Creamery for some delicious ice cream. We did swim after our ice cream dinner, so that counts for something, right?

Tomorrow is supposed to be rainy, so I may not have the greatest pictures. We’re planning to go to the Green Gables Heritage site, as well as the Anne of Green Gables museum.

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