Yesterday (July 4th), we decided to go to Charlottetown by car. It only took about an hour to get there unlike when we travel by boat which usually takes several days! We did a bit of shopping and then went down to the waterfront. Charlottetown is really celebrating the 150th Charlottetown Conference. There is a pavilion right on the waterfront and all sorts of things to see. What really surprised us though were the free concerts. Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday during the summer, there will be concerts – Natalie McMaster played last night, Serena Ryder is playing next week, Burton Cummings, The Sheepdogs. We must have looked a bit confused – we were trying to pay to get into the pavilion and when the security guard talked to us about this, we were really surprised about the free concerts. We would like to take the boat there for the Burton Cummings concert on July 24th but we will see. Here is a link with the information.
I took some pictures of the pavilion, the sand sculptures and of course of us being goofy tourists. Included in the second picture is Dennis with his old navy buddy and his Joy. They moved from Halifax to Montegue, PEI. David (nicknamed Zipper) was in the navy with Dennis many years ago. He and Joy moved to the island in June. They bought, as David describes it, a small blue house with a big red barn. He was right! David loves fixing cars and has a beautiful orange Mustang in the yard. We are supposed to go to the car show today but because of the weather, we may just hang around the boat.
Today, we are waiting for Hurricane Arthur to land. The winds are starting to pick up but no rain yet. The marina has all sorts of extra lines on the docks and we do too. The wind is from the south-east which is a good direction because the break wall will take most of the pounding. Here is a collage of the scene at 9:00 – not too bad yet!
Well, that is all the news for now. Maybe more later after the storm. We are thinking that it might be a good time to go and look for sea glass (after the storm, that is – not during!)
By the way, so far we have travelled 0.65 kilometres by boat – from the storage area to the water. We will eventually leave Souris – maybe Tuesday or Wednesday. Dennis says the winds will be good for a sail to Pictou!