Monday, June 14, 2010
Island Memories and a Great Get-a-way
Of course we spent a good portion of time on the beaches and built sandcastles and splashed around. We also went to Santa's Woods, the Cavendish Boardwalk, and the Stanley Bridge Marine Aquarium where fish were kept in live tanks for kids to see and touch. I have to admit I was pretty impressed with the fish and stuffed bird and insect collection. It was a naturalist's haven.
No trip to PEI is complete without a stop at the Gateway Village and our son had lots of fun creating havoc at the shops here while my wife searched for deals. Of course my son was also very impressed with the Confederation Bridge and anyone who has ever travelled it will tell you that it truly is an engineering marvel. With lots of sun and little wind, the 12.9km drive over the bridge flew by. We cranked our necks in every direction trying to take in as much of the scenery as possible before entering the Gateway Village.
It was ironic that as we sat in a small diner in the Village that an old country song "Islands in the Stream" started playing. Ironic for two reasons; first we were on an island; second because that song would likely have been playing when I was a bit older than my son and visiting PEI with my parents. It instantly took me back to the number of family vacations I took with my parents and quickly I went through a number of childhood memories and hoped that I could help Seth and Shaylee create similar lifetime memories. A great family trip that will start a new treasure chest of memories for me for sure.