Last night was not the best … but today “promises” to be MUCH better. As we walked through the Shining Waters Inn‘s lobby toward the front office [which was quite busy], we met up with Esme, Olly and Alan. Breakfast first, business can wait!
We strolled along the pathway dotted with cottages, on this bright sunny morning, towards the “Shining Waters Restaurant for our inclusive breakfast,” Esme said she encountered a household fly flying around in her room when she woke this morning, joking that we might want to add it to our collection. Apart from last night, our room was “fly-less” when Caryl & I got up! Alan and Olly looked puzzled as Caryl explained our “banging about in the room.” Alan said, he and Olly thought Caryl and I were re-arranging the two-single beds into one! They’re thinking was, WE were obviously quite anxious TO DO IT … and that the noise meant we were thumping and bumping around, enjoying ourselves. “Wink, wink!”
Breakfast was excellent … and later when we returned to the Inn, then speaking to the proprietor at the front desk, we were offered and received “partial compensation!” [Unfortunately it IS an older structure … and the screen fell off … and nobody before had mentioned the problem(s) we had…] CASE CLOSED.
(Pictured left) the girls standing outside Anne of Green Gables.
Located about a kilometer from where we were staying … the “Lucy Maud Montgomery ” National Historic Site, Gift Shop and Interpretive Centre. Author Lucy Maud Montgomery was born in P.E.I. in 1874. (Below) a few additional pictures taken inside the structure and of the yard behind. She passed away in Toronto, Ontario in 1942.
(To the right) a picture of the three-sisters walking along the trail of Sentier Haunted Woods where much of the substance of Montgomery’s writing material was imagined. Looks like they have had a great morning…
Alan and I set off for the beach and coastline in search of adventure and possibly a geocache or two. It was quite surprising to hear that the crumbling sandstone northern coast of Prince Edward Island is eroding at the rate of about 1 metre per year.
We walked about for several hours, and in leaving the area had trekked across private property. Within minutes we were picked up by a tourist couple in their vehicle and driven back safely to Shining Waters Inn and Cottages, just missing the girls as they had finished their National Historic Treasure and now were walking down towards the beach.
Alan and I returned to geocaching — locating one in the local cemetery, another on the grounds of the Cavendish Tourist Centre, and still another in the bushes behind the petrol station. [We even managed to grab lunch at the ice-cream take-away / fish & chips shoppe.]
When we all met back together around 5:00 pm at Shining Waters, we had each eaten lunch at various places and at various times. We decided to “freshen up” and then head-out in the KIA for dinner at the Blue Mussel Cafe. My buddy Bill Jones on a previous vacation to PEI had mentioned what a great dining experience was about to await us!!!
Not a word of a lie … the best place … hands down for fresh seafood and a true dining experience. First we had drinks in the bar while our table was being cleared, then we moved to our table for appetizers. I choose to order a plate of mussels, while the 6_foot catch of the day, [8 oz. portions of halibut] were being prepared. If that were not enough, we each finished our meal with a fabulous dessert, to be chosen by each individually. Simply delicious!
Returning to the Inn, we said our “good-nights” knowing morning would mean leaving PEI for New Brunswick.