Saturday, June 9, 2012

East Coastin' Adventures

I just had the most incredible week!  With a whirl wind of changes in my life recently, this past week was refreshing. My dear friend, and soul sister Andi came to visit me. Coming all the way from Ontario, this was her first visit out east and the adventures were endless.

Saturday morning we woke up bright and early and took in some successful yard sale treasure hunting. Andi found me a fabulous bar chair set to go in our kitchen along with a Moroccan style lamp. We then headed off to Maltby Stables where we took in a horseback riding lesson. The instructor was amazing, and the experience was one we won't soon forget. She also got to meet some of the girls I am friends with here. We then headed to the cabin for a few hours where we explored the beach while the tide was out and enjoyed a lazy afternoon in the sun.

With a new found taste for the salty air, our next adventure lead us out to Partridge Island where we had a picnic in the car on the beach. It was way too cold and windy to set up and eat outside haha.  When we finished our yummy lunch, we bundled up for a quick stroll on the beach. Spotting some interesting driftwood the two of us walked right into a pond and our shoes were soaked right through!
Back into the car we went with the heat on high to dry off. As we made our way to our next destination a sign caught our eyes. "From Away". I had to stop and get a picture of my mainlander friend (also known as my CFA - come from away friend) standing by this sign. We popped into the store for a little looky-loo and fell right in love! The owner is quite the character and has the most interesting collection of treasures from around the world, or as his store is rightfully named, from away. Andi found some fun and colourful presents there. After an interesting conversation with the owner, we then headed to Driftwood Beach. That's where the start of our hilarious self timer photos began. Oh my, what an epic time we had trying to get a picture of the two of us. On our way home we stopped to admire the most beautiful pair of horses who were just right in love with each other. Using our left over carrots from snack we won their affection.

Our next adventure brought us over the bridge to the land of red! We spent the day in Summerside, Prince Edward Island. I had arranged a lunch date with another friend of ours who we haven't seen since 2008. I met Rhonda at the hotel and was trying to stall her until Andi came in to surprise her. I should mention that I fail at surprises. In attempts to stall Rhonda and keep her in the lobby where Andi could easily find her, I said I had to use the bathroom. I didn't want to miss the moment of shock, so I was peeping my head around the corner to see if Andi had made her entrance yet. Well...I failed and got caught by Rhonda haha. I must have looked like a creeper. I said something along the lines of how confusing the hallways were, and luckily that's when Andi came through the doors. Well I thought Rhonda was going to fall right through the floor!! It was so awesome to be in the company of these women again. We had a delicious lunch followed by a wonderful tour around town. The beach we had stopped at was a one stop shop for beach combing. I found beautiful shells, beach glass and a giant piece of beach pottery. Yahoo!! Before we knew it, it was time to drive across that bridge again. We said our goodbyes and arranged for another date. There's going to be some time had July 2014! hehe

Our last great adventure for the week brought us to New Brunswick where we took in some local arts and crafts and enjoyed a giant feed at the Big Stop. The weather wasn't the best for adventuring so we decided to head home for an evening of relaxing before we had to send Andi back on the plane the next day. I also suck at goodbyes, so after a quick picture and big giant hug, I headed back home, sad to see her go, but so happy to know she will be returning next year.

I hope you had a fabulous first time experience to the East Coast Andi! It was beyond fabulous having you as our first guest in our first nest and we can't wait to have you back next year!
Ps next time we have to make it to the best of the east coast provinces - Newfoundland ;)

Representing Project brEAThe in the Northumberland Strait

Myself, Andi, and Rhonda

Shemar tries to sneak into Andi's carry on
The b'ys and their ladies

 In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.
-Albert Schweitzer