|How pretty is this?|
My eldest niece Liz, has left for home in Alberta after a two week visit to the east coast. She was last here for barely a stopover while in her teens. A return visit was long overdue.
|Obligatory Bridge shot|
Even though the Maritimes is small and PEI even smaller, two weeks is barely enough time to get over the jet lag. Work and other obligations kept her stay short.
Number one on her agenda (besides seeing family of course, I think) was to gobble up as much variety and amount of sea food as she could lay her lips on.
We're not talking Captain Highliner here folks, nope this had to be the real McCoy, the genuine article, in the flesh scallops, clams, mussels and of course Lobster. Now I just want to say one thing about lobster and if you're in the biz, no offense intended. Lobster is to sea food as Harley Davidson was to motorcycles. There was a time when these odd crustaceans were used as fertilizer. Cod, Haddock and other fish species were the catch, but of course over fishing pretty much did all that industry in.
|Even more Sea food!|
Using cunning and stealth, somehow, the unworthy overlooked bottom dwelling lobster became the hot ticket on restaurant menu's everywhere.
|Rocky and Bullwinkle?!|
It's not unusual to walk into a mid level eatery and pay a kings ransom for a lobster plate. How did that happen? Look at HD. Run into the ground or at the very least, poorly managed by AMF, near bankruptcy, unreliable, imagine poor HD, has become... through slick advertising, capitalizing on the "Bad Ass MF H-A" image, into one of the most recognizable brands in the world. I'd venture to say right up there with giants Coca Cola, John Deere and Mercedes Benz among others. Let's face it, lobster became in the 90's what HD had become.
Anyway... back to the 'kid's' visit. Barely had she dropped her back pack when we were off to New Brunswick to visit Lisa, Rick and of course William.
|Between tides at Alma NB|
|Already learning to drive...|
I had thought of us riding two bikes but in her own words, "my legs are too dam short" for the bikes I have. I could have ridden over with her as pillion but driving the R/T allowed us to gab and catch up on things.
We took the scenic route through Moncton, Riverview and with stops at Hopewell Rocks*, Alma, Norton and Hampton, we arrived duly at 7 in the evening at Rothesay NB.
|NB Well known for covered bridges.|
Once returned home to the Island the real sea food experience began.
|High tide, much more interesting at low tide|
I won't say Liz single hand idly endanger the lobster stocks but I'm sure the little beggars are glad shes moved on.
It was a good visit. We didn't sit around much and if she ever comes back again, we'll en-devour to travel a bit farther afield to view some of the hundreds years old history the Maritimes are.
|And she thought Jonny Deep (:) was going to save her...|
* Try and arrive at low tide, much more interesting and with the ability to meander on the floor of the ocean being a real treat.
|How many people want to do this, wander a cool sandy beach all to oneself.|