An update from the road

Tomorrow is our last day on Prince Edward Island and I’m glad to say the sun will be shining all the way to the ferry terminal in Nova Scotia, our last stop before sailing to Newfoundland. In our week on PEI we’ve had sun and rain and everything in between, with temperatures ranging from 2 to 20 degrees Celsius, pretty decent for mid-May…

Today was quite cold and drizzly though, so we returned to the cabin early to do our laundry and browse through the pictures I’ve taken so far.

Have a look:
These are the rock formations at Thunder Cove, the last time I was there there was a tunnel leading out to the ‘teacup rock’ you can see in the background, but when I was there this week it had collapsed, probably due to the rain we had last week. That’s erosion at work, always shaping our coastline!

The next photo shows mom at the West Point lighthouse:
Those big rubber boots we got are really coming in handy! They’re useful on the cliffs and on the beach:
 These last two shots also show the difference in weather we’ve had on PEI this week. 🙂

Mom’s here!

Look who’s here, my mom!

She’s here for a 5 week visit, and in just these last 3 days we’ve already seen lots and lots of the island. Spring is everywhere, new leaves, green grass, flowers, and animals, so our tour of Prince Edward Island is off to a great start!

I posted another story about our route a while back.

A family of foxes

Look who’s been living underneath our deck:

Pretty cute right?

We’ve been aware of a family of foxes around our house for a while now. Last month they lived underneath our deck for a short while: mom, dad, and 4 little ones. We found out thanks to the digging and barking of the neighbour’s dog, who was not at all pleased with these scruffy squatters. Shortly after the dog discovered them, the foxes left for a safer and quieter den somewhere nearby. Because we have an infrared wildlife camera set up we were able to see mom carry the kits off one by one. Since that night in mid-April they have stayed away, with only dad coming by every night to see if the den was still empty.

Yesterday however, and very much to our delight, the entire family showed up on our doorstep again! Perhaps they were rained out of their other den, the weather has been very wet for a few days now. Best of all, because the fox kits have grown a lot bigger they now show themselves during the day too, it’s great to be able to watch these little rascals right from the living room windows! 🙂

First warm week of 2017

This week has been very nice, the snow is finally gone, there’s been lots of sunshine, and I’ve been out and about without the need for a jacket for several days now, welcome spring 🙂

Here’s a few pictures from this week:

All clear on PEI

Only one more week to go before my mom arrives and we start our tour of Prince Edward Island and beyond, and this satellite image shows it’s going to be a very different experience everywhere we go:

April 30, 2017

Prince Edward Island is all clear in this picture, no more snow, no more ice, just lots of lovely spring scenery. Newfoundland is a very different story, it’s still covered in snow for the most part, and there’s even a lot of sea ice present in two of the locations we’ll be visiting.

There’s also still snow on the highlands of Cape Breton, but it’s still a while before we visit there, so that may all be gone by the time we get there. Any way you look at it, it’s going to be a great tour of Atlantic Canada!

Late April and it’s warming up!

This morning Marije and I stepped outside, immediately embraced by warm balmy air. Must have been about 10℃ and it’s only getting warmer for the rest of the day. This weekend the forecast even says we’ll get up to 15℃, let’s hope that finally melts all the remaining snow!

In the mean time, here are some photos from this past week:

Basin Head (last picture) almost looks tropical, but I assure the water is still freezing…

Colour returns to PEI

A clear day in mid-April reveals that most snow on PEI has now melted, with the only remaining snow hiding in shaded forests:

That picture was taken by NASA obviously, my own pictures from this week are below:

As you can see, most of the sea ice is gone too, and colour has returned to the coast. 🙂