Well, here we are wrapping up our seven month stay on Prince Edward Island that included six months of house sitting just outside of the small city of Summerside. The goal when coming here was two fold; to explore an area of Canada we had never been before and to experience an East Coast winter. We can safely put a big check mark in both those boxes. We travel for the experiences and the last few months have provided some great ones and some sad ones.

We were gifted with five solid winter storms over a 6 six week period. I have written about them previously so I won’t go on about that. Suffice to say, they were awesome. Though they did make photography a bit of a challenge. For a visual summary of the weather make sure to check the video at the end of the blog.
We enjoyed a unique Christmas dinner of lobster and fresh baked bread which was a wonderful treat.

This house sit had another first for us, the passing of a pet. The latter part of January was the saddest of times when Rudder, one of the Portuguese Water Dogs we were looking after was diagnosed with cancer. I can’t imagine the anguish of the owners, being away and having to cope with this type of news via the telephone. However they provided direction that only had the comfort and happiness of Rudder in mind. It allowed us to cuddle and spoil this wonderful fellow in his final days and for him to pass on peacefully.

Rest in Peace buddy You are missed.
Hank certainly misses his buddy but we worked at keeping him busy exploring areas as weather allowed. He loved racing up and down Cavendish Beach.
They weren’t our preferred day at the beach, however they were very fascinating.
On St. Patrick’s Day we walked across the frozen bay; that is something you can’t do everywhere. We joined some neighbours for a pint in a local establishment. An excellent experience.

Despite having been here seven months something we had not done yet was cross the Confederation Bridge. To not do that would have been a major faux pax as it is kind of a big deal. It is the longest bridge in Canada and the longest bridge in the world that spans ice covered waters.

It is 12.9 km long and takes 10 minutes to cross. Yes, the geek in me timed it out of curiosity. 10 minutes on the nose at the speed limit of 80 km/h.
Heading west across the bridge.
View from the New Brunswick side.
What brought us across the bridge? Well I received a call from a former co-worker whom we had bumped into previously while travelling and we both thought that was a great tradition to continue. The first time was in Panama, that would be the more tanned photo. This time we travelled to Fred’s in New Brunswick to enjoy some delicious fried clams. One of the gems of travelling is the people you bump into.

As we start organizing and packing it would be an understatement that we are giddy with anticipation. We have been incredibly fortunate over the last three years to have had our longest house sits ever ( 5, 18, and 6 months) which has allowed us to traverse the nightmare of COVID as well as a couple of of health issues which now are at least under control. But now….. time to get the passports out. The next three months are still in Canada but include two new provinces and three new cities then off to Iceland and beyond. The future looks promising.

Here is a 70 second time lapse of the view out the back of the house we have been caring for. Enjoy.

Welcome to our travel blog. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to say, "I'm out of here?" Well we did, and in 2013 we made it a reality. We sold or gave away all of our possessions other than what fit in our luggage and we set off on an endless adventure. Part of our goal is to share our experiences with others and hopefully provide some information, motivation, or just a moments escape. The general idea was to look for a place that would be ideal to settle down in. However in the meantime it is about experiencing life in different countries amongst different cultures and learning how to understand and appreciate each other. A large part of our time is spent housesitting which provides an excellent opportunity to experience more of the "normal" neighbourhoods as opposed to the tourist locales. Though we make sure to enjoy those as well. So through plenty of photographs and a running commentary come and share with us our life on the road.

8 comments on “It’s Been Fun, P.E.I.

  1. Kobie Proude

    So glad you enjoyed your stay and got to experience such an amazing place which has the BEST lobster. Excited to see where you venture off to next. Good luck and safe travels you lucky shits!!

  2. Anonymous

    Where to next?

  3. Anonymous

    God Bless Deb Dalton

  4. Anonymous

    Once again thanks for your Blog I really look forward to and enjoy hearing about your adventures
    Rosemary Hosking. Novar Gardens South Australia

  5. Anonymous

    Hi Peter and Karen
    That looks a bit cold for Lizzie and I, we are away for a couple of months in July first time for two years really looking forward to it.
    Are you any nearer in choosing your final destination?

    • It has certainly been a colder winter than when we were at your place. We will be looking for warmer climes, no idea of an end location next. I wouldn’t be opposed to checking out some locations in the Indian Ocean.

  6. Peter Macmillan

    Stunning . Some amazing picturesand great experiences. I’ve got a bit of catching upto do!

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