Another Summer, Another Trip To PEI

I spent last weekend on Prince Edward Island and, boy, was it hard leaving!

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Everything about PEI is so familiar, so homey to me, because I was born and raised there and I still have family ties there.  I always feel homesick the first couple of days after I leave.

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Michael and I spent Canada Day weekend there.  I really think Michael could care less about the beach and the ocean and the scenery.  I think he enjoys the getting away part the most.  Give him a book and an iPad in his own apartment and he’s restless and bored.  Give him a book and an iPad in a different setting and he’ll amuse himself for hours.

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I certainly enjoy the getting away part myself.  Just taking myself out of my normal routine and unplugging from the internet is so refreshing!  Throw in ocean views, rolling green hills, and sandy beaches with red cliffs and I’m in heaven!  And the peace and quiet!  I never realized how nice it is to be able to hear nature or the sound of the breeze through an open window.

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I also especially enjoyed spending some time with my mom and dad.  Even though I don’t live super far from home, it’s still far enough that I can’t just pop over for supper or a visit whenever the mood strikes.  I don’t get to see my family as much as I would like to, and I think that’s part of the reason why I always find it so hard leaving.

IMG_5269I was worried the weather was going to be awful the entire weekend, but Mother Nature co-operated and while it was cold and rainy on our drive over on Friday, it was warm and the rain held off the rest of the weekend, and the sun even came out on Sunday!

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I spent my weekend drinking Baileys in my coffee, walking and doing yoga on the beach, reading, and BBQ-ing.  I also had time for a trip to the Anne of Green Gables house, Cows ice cream, lunch at Frosty’s, and I even started my Christmas shopping.  There’s something about poking around craft stores that I find especially appealing while visiting PEI.

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So, if you’ve got some vacation time this summer and you’re not sure what to do with it, I highly suggest renting a cottage along the North Shore of Prince Edward Island.  It’s the perfect place to relax and unwind.

In The Words Of My Old Navy T-Shirt…. Take Me To The Beach!

Last weekend I was lucky enough to spend another fabulous weekend at my parents’ cottage.

Sunsets were seen.  Coffees were drank on the deck.  Beach sitting was done.  Insurgent was read.  Ocean was swam in.  No sharks were seen.  Cupcakes were eaten.  Mini family reunion was held.  Frosty’s was visited.  Ice cream was consumed.

It was a very good weekend!

I just had to share a few more beach pics!  I hope you don’t mind.

My view while doing yoga (above).

Nothing brings a smile to my face like the sight of the ocean.

That’s a direct quote from me.  Feel free to reference it.

There’s No Place Like Home…

I spent a glorious four day weekend at my parents’ cottage on the North Shore of PEI in Sea View.  I’ve been going to that beach forever, and it holds a special place in my heart.  It really is one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever been to.

And I like to go to beaches a lot.

The beach is my antidepressant of choice.  There is just something about the sand, the sun, and the sound of the waves crashing gently on the shore that soothes my soul.

I could sit and stare at the ocean forever I think.

One of my favorite parts of my visit were my morning walks on the beach.  I like the calm and stillness that is there before everybody else shows up on the beach.  I loved watching the morning sun sparkling on the water.

I even did some yoga on the beach!  Crossed #13 off the summer to-do list.  Then my dad told me I was turning into a Chinese ninja.

My other favorite part was drinking coffee and reading while sitting on the deck with a view of the ocean, the pond, and rolling hills.  The fields looked like a patchwork quilt of different crops.  Why did I never fully appreciate the view before?  Talk about finding beauty close to home.

And on Saturday, we walked up the beach and the tide was low enough that we waded out to the flower pot rock.  The only other time I’d been out and touched the rock was probably about twenty years ago when my parents took my sister and me out there.  Maybe in another twenty years I’ll go out and touch it again.

Other awesome events that took place: supper and three ice cream cones (not on the same day) from Frosty’s, a game of Settler’s of Catan, the dinner theater at the Brother’s Two in Summerside, a bonfire on the beach (#12) that my cousin started with a blow torch, fireworks, brunch at the Red Shores, and three fabulous beach days!

It was SO hard to leave.  I wish I could spend more time over there.  I’m hoping to get over at least once more this summer.  Hopefully Mother Nature will co-operate and give me perfect weather again.

Frosty Treat, An Island Landmark

On Prince Edward Island, there is a little town called Kensington.  And Kensington is home to the best (in my opinion) dairy bar there ever was!

I’ve been going to Frosty Treat, or Frosty’s as my family refers to it, all my life.

My parents went there when they were dating in the ’70s, and it continues to be a family favorite.

Growing up, I didn’t even know it had a name.  We just called it the “dairy bar” and to me, it was the only one that existed.  There’s another dairy bar down the road, but given the choice, I always go with Frosty’s.

Michael wanted to stop at the other one when we were on PEI because he said he wanted to try something new, and I wouldn’t let him.  That’s just blasphemy!  He’s relatively new to the whole PEI thing, so I don’t think he fully understands.

My aunt, from New Brunswick, loves Frosty’s ice cream so much, that when we were little, she would tell my cousins and I that she could smell Frosty’s when she was getting close.  And she always orders her ice cream first, before her meal.

As for meals, well I always order the chicken fingers.  They come with fries, cole slaw, and the most delicious toasted bun (it’s buried under the fries).

And the ice cream!  It`s so creamy and delicious!  The best soft serve there ever was!  And the options!

You can get a chocolate dip.

Nutty dip.

Rainbow roll.

Jimmy.

Flavor burst.

In a waffle cone.

Or, my mom`s favorite, combination, which is white and vanilla soft serve twisted together.

All this talk of ice cream is making me wish I was there right now!

So if you ever find yourself on Prince Edward Island in the summertime, do what Frosty`s TV commercial says and “Don’t drive by, drive in.”  You’ll be glad you did.

Weekend in PEI

The prettiest beaches in Canada are on the north shore of Prince Edward Island.

Of course, I may be biased.

I was going to PEI’s beaches before I was even born.  My due date was August 18, but I wasn’t born until September 12, so my mom kept going to the beach.  My grandmother said I’d be born at the beach.

And my love for the ocean and the sand was born.

I am only beginning to realize just how lucky I am that growing up, I had a stay-at-home mom who was able to take me and my brother and sister to the beach every sunny day (and even some not so sunny ones) in the summer.  I wish I could still do that.  Unfortunately, work prevents me from doing that.

I need to fit in my beach days when I can.

That’s why Michael and I went to PEI last weekend.  We stayed in Cavendish, land of Anne of Green Gables, right in the National Park, so we had easy access to the beach.

Now, the weather on PEI can be unpredictable.  Oftentimes, it’s much cooler on the coast.

Not this weekend.

In an unusual twist, Mother Nature co-operated and provided me with the best weather I’ve experienced when I’ve been on PEI in years!  It was like the stars aligned and I was provided with perfect beach weather.

They were perfect beach days which, according to me, consist of warmth, a light breeze (instead of gale force winds), calm seas, and crystal clear water.

So I took my lounger and umbrella and book and did some good beach sitting.

I also went swimming!  In June!  The first time that’s happened in years!

And I will say it wasn’t even bad!  My toes weren’t even numb!

And I got to accomplish one of my summer goals, which was to watch the sunset over the water.  Remember how much I love sunsets?

It was so hard leaving on Monday.  And even harder going back to work on Tuesday when the weather was jsut as beautiful.

My heart belongs to the red sandy shores of PEI.