Updated: Mar 23, 2020
After months of hibernating my beloved Pig Mobile, not unlike Punxsutawney Phil, it has come out of its cozy hut to look for its shadow in hopes of an early season and an end to the long winter. The irony is not lost on me that my food trailer emblazoned with a very happy hog sitting on a gluttonous hamburger spent the winter tucked away in a refurbished pig barn. What are the odds?? Despite all that, on this beautiful day I hopped into my truck and headed up to Canoe Cove to hopefully hitch up an unscathed food trailer. One never knows what to expect, things do go sideways very quickly. Hot water tanks break, holding tanks leak, tires are flat, the list goes on. So, with fingers crossed, Starbucks in the cup holder, and my foot on the gas, I was on my way.
Here’s the crazy thing about PEI: I left Charlottetown in gorgeous, sunny -5C weather with a smile on my face and a song in my heart, which quickly turned to a grimace of pain and a lot of cussing as I drove into a frigging snowstorm. Honestly, WTF!! Oh well, shit happens, and I’m determined not to let this get me down. There are so many more serious things happening at this time with the COVID -19 pandemic and the cancellations of cruise ships to the island until July, and one festival after the other either being postponed or cancelled. Our summer tourist season - which is a huge part of the islands economy and employs thousands of people - is now in real jeopardy. I realize we are not alone in this but it’s unnerving when it’s in your own backyard.
Despite everything, I’m staying positive, and regardless of “the sky is falling mentality” that’s being perpetuated, I plan on and am determined in having a stellar season. There is no working from home when you own a food trailer, but maybe the long winter is not really over after all.
Last day of operation before going into the barn for the winter.