Voyage of the Vikings
July - August, 2013
Red Bay, Labrador
July 17 - Weather: Sunny, temp in low 60s
Red Bay was inhabited in the 16th century by Basque whalers from France and Spain. We were told that it was called Red Bay because the color of the water was red with blood when the whales were being harvested. The current population is about 200, but it's quite a walk from some of the homes to the stores or restaurants. The interpretive center contained a lot of whaling memorabilia and was interesting. There are very few trees in this area, but there was a chunk of ice near the dock. Red Bay also has some of the largest flies we've ever seen--we came prepared with Off but Barbara still got a few bites. We've had dinner with Ilan and Dahlia the last two nights and have enjoyed hearing about their growing up in Israel and emigrating to the US.
July 18 - Weather: Chilly, windy and rainy, hi temp in mid 40s, wind about 45 mph (set clocks ahead 30 minutes last night)
It's a good day to stay inside. Not much going on, so we counted our bites from the flies in Red Bay. Barbara, who used bug spray, had 9 bites. Jay, who didn't use bug spray, had 0 bites. Go figure. Forgot to say yesterday that our team won at trivia. Today Barbara's head is hurting so she stayed in the cabin and put ice on it. Jay played part of the quiz but the team didn't do well. Barbara read a little and Jay spent a few hours working on the Grant Park Asset Reserve spreadsheet. We had a special dinner tonight at the Pinnacle--the menu is from Le Cirque restaurant in NYC. Everything was wonderful--lobster salad, butternut squash soup with huckleberries (to die for), Chateaubriand and creme brûlée.
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