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An episode of foxes–Prince Edward Island

  Julia and I had seen some wildlife in the weeks we’d been traveling through the Canadian Maritimes. An eagle here. A deer or two there. A grouse. For the most part, I’d been counting on Miss Julia to spot the wildlife. Left to my own devices, I’m as blind as Mr. Magoo, whose whole […]

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At the Ceilidh–Prince Edward Island

  No one may visit Prince Edward Island without attending a ceilidh. Not allowed. Can’t happen. All visitors to the island must attend a ceilidh. And eat a lobster supper, but I’ll deal with that in the next post. Ceilidh (pronounced KAY-lee) is a Gaelic word for a social gathering that usually involves music and […]

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Prince Edward Island-potatoes, red dirt, and Green Gables

  Prince Edward Island (PEI) is a tiny crescent of red dirt rocked by the tides of the St. Lawrence and cradled in the arms of New Brunswick. With meandering fields of potatoes, hay, and various grains I couldn’t identify, with its gentle hills, lapping blue sea, and a strong tradition of the ceilidh (KAY-lee), […]

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A bridge, a ferry–or an iceboat. How to get to Prince Edward Island

  I almost skipped Prince Edward Island. I had been on the fence about visiting the place from the beginning. Here’s why: What comes to mind when you think about Canada’s maritime provinces? I’m guessing the only provinces you’ve heard about (if you live in North America) are Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Right? […]

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Arnold the Acadian

  It was laundry day. When you are traveling, it’s always a challenge to find a place to wash your clothes–those grungy campground clothes that you have probably worn long past decency. You won’t find handy roadside signs pointing to laundromats. They won’t appear in your guidebook or on your GPS. In fact, some towns […]

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