Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Charlottetown—Our First Stop on PEI

Travel Day 13 -- KOA Cornwall/Charlottetown,PE (46.213056, -63.186944)

This morning was more rain, heavy at times. So packing up was sloppy. We're getting used to that. Our trio moved out at 0930 ADT for the 180 mile trip northeast to Charlottetown, PEI. Six hours including a lunch stop at Tim Horton's in Salisbury, NB was a pretty good time. Our excitement for the day was crossing Confederation Bridge. Man! That is one hell of a bridge.

Confederation Bridge Northbound toward PEI

Exiting the bridge put us on Prince Edward Island, the "Gentle Island"

Our KOA is in Cornwall, just across the West River from Charlottetown, and we arrived here at 1530 ADT.

The rain had stopped but cold, windy, dampness with heavy skies persisted. Our camping area here is interesting. It is a big field with the hookups in the trees behind the sites. There are no boundary markers and no gravel pads. As you can see, everyone had to back in around the perimeter of the field. I think they intend this to be sites for large groups like us. Other parts of the campground have more conventional campsites. For us there are no pull–through spaces so the parking committee had a grand time getting everyone backed in.

Thanks for these pictures Trish

At our social hour and information meeting, snacks were plentiful and filling, so we let that suffice for dinner.

Here are some words on the provincial flag of Prince Edward Island. The design is modeled after the coat of arms in rectangular shape and is bordered on the three sides away from the mast by alternative bands of red and white. The English heraldic lion appears both on the Coat of Arms of Prince Edward and the Duke of Kent, for whom the province is named, and on that of King Edward VII himself. The large oak tree on the right represents Egland, while the three saplings stand for the three counties in the province which have existed since 1767 (Kings, Prince, Queens). All rise from the same foundation, as both Britain and the province are islands.

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