Vikings Vikings Vikings !!!

Trip Start Aug 13, 2006
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Wednesday, September 6, 2006

Saturday, September 02, 2006

A Viking We Will Go!!!

L'Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland

We have been Vikings for the last couple of days . There is a Viking kind of everything up here. Where are my fellow Norsemen? The national historic site is fantastic. Everything you ever wanted to know about Vikings in North America,...definitely very cool.

Haven't yet seen much wildlife but we haven't been here very long. Did see a Bald Eagle being chased by a raven. Any one have an interpretation on that one? The trip up to L'Anse aux Meadows was uneventful. We did stop in a Place called Cow Head where we met a retired teacher Gunter, from Ontario living in a little fishing shack with his Newfoundlander dog George. They both look like they lived all of their lives here. Gunter invited us to stay on his beach whenever we come back through.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Got very busy with going a Viking and all. So here I am bye, writin'bout the last few days. LOL. We have been adopted by Vikings and they speak Newfanese. It rubs off a bit.

So it kind of goes like this, we had been staying at the Viking RV Park for a couple of days as it was very close to L'Anse aux Meadows and Norsestead. Norsestead is the other Viking settlement for tourists up here. It contains a bunch of sod buildings and even has a replica Knar called Snorri. It was rigged and sailed the same route that Eric the Red would have taken and is now stored in one grass buildings. See the pictures.

While we were at the National Site we met a Viking woman, named Tora Ulfsdaughter AKA the Battle Axe. She was great and had lots of fun particularly with Garrett. That said, when we packed up and left for St. Anthony and the Grenfell Museum we ran into our Viking lady with her two daughters and the neighbors kids at Tim Horton's beside the Viking Mall. She invited us to come and play in the park and soon enough she had asked us to follow her home to stay in the driveway for the evening. That was on Sunday and we are still here.

Their names are Wayne, Bonnie, Anna lee and Emily. Wayne's brother Kevin lives next door and they seem like a very close family. Sunday night we had a fire with them in their driveway in a little barrel. We were regaled with Newfoundland humour and hospitality. Wayne was one of the original staff members that founded the reenactment site at L'Anse aux Meadows. Both of our hosts are very rich with the knowledge of the Vikings that first landed and lived at L'Anse aux Meadows. (Cloven note: you guys would love this. They know all the crafts, woodworking, grass building construction, smithing and more. You all would have a million questions for these guys.) The best part is that they have done a lot of these activities according to what the books have said and then realized that there are ways that make more sense and applied there ideas.

Bonnie had to work on Monday and Wayne showed us around town. He took us to all the cool places along the ocean then he took us to a place called Triple Falls. Triple Falls was beautiful. Once again see pictures. The water was freezing but wonderful to swim in. April did not go in at all but the rest of us did.

Garrett has been exceptionally popular with the local girls his age here. He now has a girlfriend Chantal and is in danger of several more. The boy's life is getting very complicated. I guess it is better to learn these life lessons young. He might get out of here, if we leave soon, with his hide still intact.

Yesterday we went to a place called Burnt Cape a national ecological reserve. It is basically a moonscape that was left by the glaciers where there are dozens of rare types of vegetation. Some that are only found there. The plants and trees are tiny and make bonsai look like giants. (Albert you would have been in your glory. Check out the pictures)

When we got home Bonnie had made us fish and brewis. The dinner was fantastic. Fresh cod and brewis, a hard bread that is softened in water. Evelyn our avowed fish hater even had seconds.

We have been playing cribbage in the evenings and tonight we will be going to a Viking feast in a grass building where Wayne works his second job as a server in garb. We all plan to dress up and have a blast with all the staff. Will give the update soon. LOL

Going for now...more cool stuff to do.
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robinnewforest
robinnewforest on

vikings and hides to save.
Lovely to be sure!

Guys I am really enjoying your photos and your travel notes.

Great writing style by the way, easily read.

weeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Michael

jcan
jcan on

raven and eagle
The pictures are awesome. I feel as though I have been there with you. I enjoyed the nature shots. Wish I could have been there with you swimming at the falls. Isn't eastern hospitality great? You are having some wonderful adventures. The descriptions and photos of the Viking homes and ships. Very impressive! Full moon tonight. hope you are seeing it over the waters, big harvest moon.
About the Eagle and the Raven...
The raven represent the power of magic and stealth. Those things are hidden and come out when needed.
The eagle can represent force and aggression. Good for survival.
The raven is showing you now the power of the hidden force. It has drawn you to people and places of depth. The eagle must remove its influence. Stay your hand of force and welcome the emergence of the unknown/hidden knowledge.

Blessings on you and all your kin

maryannepearce
maryannepearce on

Missing the Hopes
Hello Hopes,

We followed your travels while we were in the UK. We are home now; it was wonderful. Miss you though. We saw tons of sheep and standing stones, incluidng Stonehenge. Lots of Viking stuff in Orkney. Turned 35 Sunday. Think I'll celebrate at muggle thanksgiving. Guess we won't see you, but maybe you can call us. Its going to be a long year without our Hopes. Glad you are making new friends and having fun. Cliff, is your beard turning grey? Love Maryanne

Message for Garrett from Joven: I got a spear with wood and a point, wooden swords and the pirate sword with ropes for a handle had a scabbord made of rope. I got a helmet with a nosegaurd that looks the one you and Cliff were wearing in your photos. And tried on a metal helmet in a Viking shop. I lived in a castle for a day. And the dinner bell was a gong. And I charged up a King Arthur castle, and played a lot.

jules-sax
jules-sax on

Greetings!
We are connected - then again we have been for years! It is great to see all of you in my old stomping grounds of Nova Scotia and the 'Rock'. Although my memories of Newfoundland are somewhat cloudy due to my state of sobriety in the early 80's memories of the wonderful people and fresh cod , cod tongues and brewis are clear! Sounds like you are having a blast and getting in touch with mother earth and all her components! See you in Florida! Love, Dave & Jules.

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