Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Independence Day Outside of the US

Katelyn decided to start the day of with a BANG! At about 5 this morning, she woke up and started making some cute wake up noises. Fast-forward to 5:10, and we are scrambling to clear our brains enough to figure out a way to stop the SCREAMING. Apparently we were having teething issues. Big teething issues. After a bottle for comfort and some Oragel, we were back in sleepy land for another 4 hours. Boy were we grateful for that.

When we finally got rolling, we completed the second half of a tip-to-tip journey on PEI. Yesterday, when we were in the North Cape Lighthouse, we got ribbons certifying our presence. When we got to the East Point Lighthouse, we presented the ribbons and we got "Tip-to-Tip Certificates." At East Point we were also able, for the first time, to go up inside the lighthouse. The structure was amazing, having been moved twice because of shore erosion. The only damage to the house in both moves was a small crack. The ground around the lighthouse made a perfect spot for our afternoon picnic. (Thanks to Scott and Jodi for giving us our great picnic blanket.) The former lighthouse keeper's dog made his way around to greet the guests. Katy was extremely happy to see a dog. She misses you, Bunker.

We got back in the car and made our way to one of the most exciting stops on the trip for me: Dalvay-by-the-Sea. Dalvay is former mansion, now hotel, that plays largely into the Anne of Green Gables movies and the Road to Avonlea series. It's a beautiful building. In fact, my dad likes to call it his house. It was well worth the trip for me. We didn't stay very long, but in the time we did, I got some pictures of the outside and inside and spent some time in the gift shop. My ultimate dream would have been to stay there, but CAN$520 for two nights seemed a leetle too much, even for an ultimate dream. So there's another check for my life list.

As an overall reflection for the day, it doesn't really seem like Independence Day. Of course, it's not a big deal here in Canada. We did get the chance to see fireworks on Canada Day. It's just not the same. Katy and I did dress patriotically, I must say. Happy Birthday, USA!

1 comment:

Keetha Broyles said...

Oh Cool, Deven, I saw this photo and immediately thought of Anne of Green Gables, so I read what you wrote (novel idea that, don't ya think???) AND Cha-ching - - - I was RIGHT!!!!! How cool to go there - - - and I'm with you, STAYING there would be awesome!!!! Maybe we should have a 'girls' trip there sometime. (Jejejejejejejeje - don't you LOVE my Spanish laughing??? Betsy taught me.)

BTW - - I've only been blogging since June, since we got our digital camera - - - and mostly I'm a picture kinda blogger. Pictures with captions and brief verbal connections. (Imagine that - - - ME verbally brief!!!!)