Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Maggies

Bucket list: Iles-de-la-Madeleine. I'm at Souris, PE waiting for a boat to take me out to the sand and rock colony in the middle of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. It's about 5-6 hours travel from here, and there is  some fear that we may catch the fringe of a hurricane spinning up the coast. For sure, it's blowing and dark. Stay or go? Heck, I'm going, I've my ticket all paid.

The Islands are pretty much a big, narrow sand bar, punctuated by red rock hills with a few little houses set in to anchor the whole thing.

There are about 300 lobster licences out on the Island. Plenty of other sea harvest, and also plenty of grants from the Quebec government and the feds...

End of the line. You can drive all the roads here in a couple of days, without rushing...

Not many trees out here. I doubt that there ever were. Most of the larger buildings were constructed using lumber salvaged from wrecks. A priest blessed every board before it was nailed into place...

Service twice a week to the mainland. You don't want to miss your boat! The weather is improved, but I've got reservations to get back to Prince Edward Island. Shows pick up there as soon as I return. Missing the sailing would mean missing several nights work.

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