Friday, August 30, 2019

On Day 10 We Escaped the Cabot Trail and Found Prince Edward Island

Day 10 of our east coast trip was mostly about driving . . . IN MOUNTAINS still!  Stunning to look at but also a little scary with deep gorges, falling rock signs, and snow.  I don't think I am a fan of mountains . . . foothills maybe . . . but not mountains.  But I'm glad we made the drive on the Cabot Trail.  We did it!!  It was spectacular.  I can't think of any reason why I would want to do it again.

Any Dr. Who fans out there?  Spotted TARDIS near Lake Ainslie.

After we left Cape Breton Island we drove right to the Caribou Ferry.  I have some advice for you.  Don't make a reservation unless you MUST be on the ferry at a specific time or if you will definitely be leaving the island on the Caribou Ferry as well.  They charge the two-way price when you get on the ferry with a reservation.  If you just show up and get in line and take the ferry to the Island you will pay when you leave the Island to return to the mainland.  If you return to the mainland using the Confederation Bridge the fee is lower than if you leave on the ferry.  You should also know that if you do reserve their website suggests you arrive 30 minutes early.  Without a reservation you should arrive an hour early.  So basically you just have to decide what will work best for your trip.  

We reached the ferry dock late in the afternoon and the sunshine was gone.  Hal, of course, started making friends while we waited for the ferry to arrive and unload the vehicles from the Island.  I was amazed at how quickly the ferry was unloaded and reloaded with those of us heading out to the Island.  It was a nice smooth trip although it was hard to see much between the overcast skies, rain, and fog.  The trip took about 75 minutes.  And the lemon meringue pie was delicious.

When we arrived on Prince Edward Island we headed for Charlottetown.  First stop there was a Sobey's to refill our cooler and pick up something good for supper.  Last stop of the day was Canada's Best Value Inn.  

It didn't take long to find our motel in Charlottetown and settle in.  We'll be driving around Prince Edward Island on Day 11 and then beginning the long drive home.

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