Photo(s) of the day: evening walk on the beach

by DaniGirl on July 20, 2015 · 4 comments

in Ottawa to PEI 2015, Photo of the Day

I knew managing expectations was going to be an issue on this trip. After a year of anticipation, planning, scheming and endless hours of dreaming, this vacation had a lot to live up to. And the Universe has a wicked sense of humour. I shouldn’t therefore be surprised that the weather that was hot and sunny last year has been cold and rainy this year, with more rain in the forecast, and the “beach front cottage” does indeed have a view of (a few inches of) the water – but you have to walk almost 15 minutes to get to it. So I will admit to having spent most of the first 24 hours here adjusting my expectations accordingly, googling “things to do in PEI when it rains” and admitting to myself that a rainy, cold day on PEI is still better than a sunny warm day at the office.

We’re coming around on the cottage, which you might call “quirky”. The kitchen has no oven, only an oversized toaster oven, and needed some help from Dollarama to round out the amenities. The upstairs is more of a loft than a floor, and you can see daylight between some of the floor boards, and some previous cottager has caulked the edges of the window screens by stuffing kleenexes around the frames to keep the swarms of hungry insects out. It has, to use Beloved’s term, a certain rustic charm, and really only suffers in comparison to the spotlessly clean, modern cottage we stayed in last year near Murray Harbour, which was right on the water. So what we gained in location with relation to the rest of the Island, we lost in proximity to the beach and the character of the cottage itself. And really, that would not have been a problem as we were intending to spend our entire vacation moving from one beach to another – except for the weather forecast. Oh I know, forecasts are unreliable at best, and there are two or three days out of the dozen remaining that look good, and hey, think of the money we’ll save on sunscreen!

We did make it to the beach, even though we had to drive to get there, and then walk a path through a patch of wild roses and shrubberies. And the ocean is always awesome.

An evening stroll at St Peter's Harbour

This is the mouth of St Peter’s Bay where it opens to the Gulf of St Lawrence. In the photo below, you can see the dunes of the Greenwich section of PEI National Park across the other side of the bay.

An evening stroll at St Peter's Harbour

I don’t know whether it was just a bad night for them or if it’s the location but we saw dozens and dozens of jellyfish. Yuck!

An evening stroll at St Peter's Harbour

At the mouth of the bay, this is all that remains of an old wharf.

An evening stroll at St Peter's Harbour

Our curiousity about the old wharf and the dune on our side of the bay drew us on a longer walk than we had anticipated, and we looked around and realized we’d be racing both the incoming rain and the loss of daylight on our walk back to the car. Finding the path back from the beach through the roses would have been an adventure with only my iPhone to light the way! We bid a temporary adieu to the ocean and hustled back along the shallow bay as the tide crept in.

An evening stroll at St Peter's Harbour

Today’s forecast also calls for a cool and rainy day, so there may be movie in our itinerary. But rain or no rain, there will be exploring, and red dirt roads, and rolling green hills, and kids trapped in the car against their will as their parents speculate “I wonder what’s down that crooked little red road?”

And it will be awesome!

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 smothermother July 20, 2015 at 7:33 am

we had tones of those purple jellyfish on our little bay last year. I hope the tide brings them out because they made an awful stink after a couple of days. here’s to hoping the sun makes more of a presence as the days pass and that you find the love of the island that you know is in you.

2 Shannon July 20, 2015 at 2:51 pm

My Mom just got back from PEI and she mentioned the jellyfish were plentiful as well!

3 Sarah McCormack July 22, 2015 at 2:01 pm

last time we were in PEI for 2 weeks & didn’t see one jellyfish at the beach on the South Shore! hope we get the same this year!!
Sorry your weather isn’t what you had hoped. That is disappointing, but the East Coast is very unpredictable (that said, so is Ottawa this summer..,). Personally, I love the cooler, fresh air & that’s part of why I love heading East, but not so much the rain you are getting! if you get a chance, check out the Bottle Houses on a rainy day 🙂

4 DaniGirl July 22, 2015 at 4:21 pm

Funny Sarah, last year we stayed on the south shore and there were lots there too – just depends on the season and maybe the day, I guess! And yes, the bottle houses are on the list for a longer trip out to Summerside and Thunder Cove, weather and time permitting!

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