Bringing in the year 2020 in Palm Springs

Howdy folks! Teddy here 🐶 and you know, if I’m blogging, my people Kim and John are travelling. Truth be told, they already went away in early December to New Orleans…..and there was no blogging done….whoops! I’ll get on that later on and give you their recap on tours and all the great food they ate. But, for now, I get to let you know all about where they are now!

They arrived on New Year’s Eve around noon and headed to their hotel, The Monkey Tree Hotel. This is a cool mid century spot, with a pool and sauna….which they haven’t used yet…they are too busy. Cute place, and good location. After picking up a few groceries, they grabbed lunch at a Mexican Restaurant called El Mirasol that had a really nice courtyard, a good jalapeño margarita and good food. They then picked up some groceries and relaxed before heading out for New Year’s Eve supper at a place called Eight4Nine. They both thought the food was good, but a bit pricey….go for a treat if you want to try it out.

They spent New Year’s Day exploring Joshua Tree National Park. Kim and John loved this park. They did a hike called 49 Palms Oasis that took them along a trail of desert and cactus to a beautiful oasis.

Cute, but prickly

Taking photo of the oasis…..their destination
These red cacti were everywhere

Almost there
Oasis in the desert

A bit about the park…..first, it’s busy! They have up to 30,000 visitors a day. Finding a parking spot is a challenge and that makes it tough to find a trail to walk. The one Kim and John took started outside the park, and they walked in. Less people here…..but once they made it by car inside the “gates” of the park…yikes! People and cars everywhere. So they stopped where they could, and took photos when they could…

Description

Joshua Tree National Park is a vast protected area in southern California. It’s characterized by rugged rock formations and stark desert landscapes. Named for the region’s twisted, bristled Joshua trees, the park straddles the cactus-dotted Colorado Desert and the Mojave Desert, which is higher and cooler.

It snowed a few days ago
The highest point in the park. Keys view

This is a trail filled with these beautiful cacti

Cholla cactus trail

Those darn cactus kept stabbing John.

Kim and John spent the whole day there. Sunset comes early, around 4:30. Kim said the lighting was amazing…check this out…

The day wouldn’t be complete, if they didn’t find a great restaurant to have dinner. They went to Shanghai Reds which was recommended by Kim’s friend Kim. Lol. They had calamari and a fish Irish stew called cioppino….they said the food is awesome and they highly recommend…..They think they might go back there again. I think they should…seafood is the best!

That’s it for today folks! Catch you later….have a pawsome day 🐶 💗❤️💕Teddy

Toronto….graffiti alley and come from away

Hi everyone…..well they made it to Toronto…. the option for connections was either they leave for Saskatoon at 8 in the morning or 8 in the evening. So, they figured, let’s spend the day in Toronto.

They met back up with Kim’s folks and headed downtown. After lunch or brunch for some, they jumped in an Uber and headed for graffiti alley. Some people would recognize it, because it is where Rick Mercer films his infamous “rants” for his show. It is 1 kilometre of alleyways with some really cool art. They walked part of it…they had to be quick, because they needed to make it to their show. Kim loved all the cool photo opportunities.

After the quick tour, they jumped in another Uber and headed to the Elgin theatre to watch the musical Come From Away. This was awesome! It’s based on the true story of the people in the town of Gander, Newfoundland and how they came together to help a number of people on planes during 9/11. It is a story of the kindness of strangers and how they banded together in time of need. Truly inspiring Kim said….John said one of the best he has seen. Go see this folks if you can!

Well that’s it…..they are back home now and they came home to snow….lol….Frazier is happy….he loves winter!

If you get the chance, go exploring….Kim says you meet nice people and it’s always and adventure.

Later! ❤️❤️❤️🐶🐶🐶

PEI Beach Goats! Oh, and lobster rolls, and ice cream!

Last day on the island folks! Kim and John need to be at the airport for 5:30, so they have a full day to tour.

John slept in…he sleeps a lot! So Kim headed out for a walk in downtown Charlottetown for a bit of last minute retail therapy. The downtown is filled with old buildings and lots of photo opportunities!

Kim made it back to the air B and B with a couple of more treasures, and they checked out. They decided to go back to their favourite restaurant in the town of Victoria….lobster barn pub and eatery…once again they loved it. The restaurant is owned by local twin sisters, and everything is homemade…

The special…lobster roll of course! With green salad and honey roasted walnuts
Homemade pumpkin pie cheesecake

Homemade coconut cream cheesecake

Off to the town of Richmond and the beach goats! John and Kim found out about this place when they were at the farmers market last Sunday. And…John loves goats…so off they went. These goats like the water and when it’s a calm day, they paddle board….seriously…they do. The owner started by rescuing 2 goats, and it quickly expanded. This is her first year that she started her business and people have quickly taken up visiting her and the goats. John and Kim said they are just like dogs….hmmmm. I think that means that they are friendly and like people 😉 they also like cookies…which in their case is honeycomb cereal.

There is a dog in the mix! Dudley
John feeding the goats carrots

Dudley
Heading to the beach!

Okay folks….time to head to the airport where they will have a one day layover in Toronto. But….a trip to PEI isn’t complete without a final stop in the famous ice cream shop…Cows!

Wowie Cowie

Have a pawsome day! Life is good 😉👍❤️🐶

Touring the island , from Point Prim to cavendish

Well folks, time to head back to Charlottetown for the evening. Kim and John’s trip is coming to an end….they fly out tomorrow.

But, before they do, they still have two full days to explore! And…..eat more seafood…they still love it. And, I know why…it’s delicious!

So, they hopped in their car and headed south to start with. They headed to the Point Prim lighthouse…..but stopped first for lunch at the restaurant nearby. They had good timing on their trip to PEI. It’s shoulder season and things are going to start closing up in two days. Good news is….they didn’t need reservations for restaurants that are really busy in the summer!

Lunch spot. Point prim

Next stops…..the beaches on the north shore…in PEI National Park and the red beach of Cavendish

And, of course the day wouldn’t be complete without a stop to the Blue Mussel Cafe in Rustico. Kim went here last year and said their seafood chowder was the best! So, they had to try it out. John said it was awesome!

Mussels to start…they are harvested in the water right by the restaurant…fresh!
Kim had the tuna special. She shared
John had the seafood chowder poutine
Fresh blueberry pie for dessert!

That’s it for today! They have one more day to explore PEI. They keep saying we should move here….paws up for my vote! I could have fish everyday!

Later! teddy❤️

Biking the Confederation Trail

Hi folks! Today Kim and John took out the bikes and headed to the town of Montague on the Confederation Trail. This trail covers a lot of the island, and was the old train tracks. They said it was awesome! Beautiful 24 km ride, flat all the way and the fall colours were starting to peek out. The weather was perfect!

They stopped for a flight of coffee in town before heading back to Cardigan. Their favourite? Americano of course!

Next….dinner in Georgetown at the Wheelhouse….delicious!

Seafood chowder
Halibut
Lobster roll
Oreo cheesecake with fresh blueberries

And, the night wouldn’t be complete without a concert at the local hall. Amazing talent!

Have an awesome day! Teddy 🐶

Points East Coastal Drive Prince Edward Island

Howdy folks! Well, Kim and John are moving on from Fortune Bay. Before they left the Inn, a nice lady helped them mark their route for today. They are going to take in some sites along the points east coastal drive. There are a few driving routes along PEI, and this was a new one for Kim. Last year when she was in PEI for a couple of days, she did the North Shore.

Good news is the rain stopped! So they headed out to their first stop, Greenwich National Park. It was recommended that they walk the Greenwich Dunes Hike, and they said it was awesome! It took them through the forest, and sand dunes. It also had a floating boardwalk and at the end of the trail they were at a beautiful beach. They took their time here, and enjoyed every minute.

Next stop on their route was North Line Harbour, the tuna capital of the world. In order to ensure sustainability, fisherman can only get one tag per year, and they catch with a hook.  One man, one boat, one rod, one reel, one hook, one fish.

While at the dock, they saw 2 tuna catches….one was already being cut up, while the other was just brought in…bring me some home please 😉

More scenes from the Harbour, this was a cool experience!

Onwards to the east point lighthouse

And….to Basin Head Beach. This beach is rated number one in Canada and is a singing beach. Kim said there was no singing for them today…..the sand was wet from the rain. It usually makes a kind of squeaking noise when you walk on it….they still enjoyed a short walk on the beach.

Their last stop of the day was The town of Souris, where they stopped at the Artisans on Main, and a homemade ice cream shop called Cherry on Top. Kim had the peach blueberry sorbet and John had Carmel Crunch. Both delicious!

And, they picked up some food to go at the lobster shack…lobster rolls….

Final destination today was the village of Cardigan and their air B and B. Boy, Kim and John said this is their best air B and B yet….big, new and with spectacular views. They also have bikes and kayaks to use. They sure hope the weather is good so they can bike a part of the confederation trail. Fingers crossed!

That’s all for now folks! Hugs!

Fireworks in PEI

Well folks, today was a rainy day in Prince Edward Island, so this turned into a driving day, with Kim and John planning indoor activities. They went their separate ways from Kim’s folks, and planned to meet them later on at the Inn at Fortune Bay….they were going to stay there for the night and also have dinner. This inn is run by celebrity chef, Chef Michael Smith…more about that later.

Kim and John headed south to the town of Victoria, which was recommended by a local that they met on the flight over. There were a few small artisan shops here…many of which were closed as it was the end of the season. They stopped for lunch at the Lobster Pub and Eatery. They shared a delicious lobster chowder and lobster roll. They both thought this was their best meal yet. All made from scratch. After lunch the toured the small Main Street.

Homemade lobster roll

Johns first lobster roll

Old home in Victoria

Home in Victoria

Next stop….a look out for the Confederation Bridge. The bridge links PEI with New Brunswick. It is 12.9 km long, and is the worlds longest bridge over ice-covered water.

$49.75 to leave the island 😉👍

Next stop, Village Pottery….Kim just can’t travel without buying some pottery….good thing she brings an extra carry on…right folks!

Onwards to Fortune Bay, home of the Inn at Fortune Bay, owned and run by Chef Michael Smith. They stayed here for one night and took in the Fireworks Feast. It was very rainy, but that didn’t stop them from having an outdoor tour by Farmer Kevin. He took them on a tour of the gardens, and explained how they organically grow everything used in the meals. Everything is organic, and they challenge the chefs to use all of the ingredients, and not to waste anything. Everyday the menu changes, depending on what is available. He encouraged everyone to try everything, including things like edible flowers….I think everyone was up to the challenge!

Farmer Kevin. Explains how the grow for taste and texture
Organic gardens
Officially now an oyster lover…best oysters ever Fortune Bay
Ready to go!
Bread tree
Seafood chowder
Tuna done 2 ways

Oyster hour
Duck
Dessert. Sweets and treats
Every morning, the “map’ out the menu, depending on what they harvest. Changes daily
The menu for our feast
It was raining, so they improvised
The inn

Well, that’s all folks…..the family figures they have now eaten way too much……the food is amazing, but they need to slow down the pace…..stayed tuned for an update on what they do next….I think it involves less food and more outdoorsy stuff. I still think they can bring some food home for me !

Later folks!

Ted ted 😉