Ron & Elena's 2007-2010 Travels travel blog

Twillingate in the morning sun.

A crab boat unloaded this morning.

Bowdoin and Bartlett Celebrations

Bartlett drama presented on the wharf.

Everyone was allowed on the Bowdoin to look around.


Twillingate harbor this morning.




Entertainment on the wharf.

This and the next several photos were taken by Elena while she...























View from our table in the restaurant where we had our moose...


Moose stew.

Moose cabatta.

Middle Tickle band entertained in the arena tonight.



The drummer, 11 years old, son of one of the band members....

(Ron Writing) We had beautiful weather and enjoyed another fun day at the festival. This morning we walked down to the wharf to see the Bowdoin, two-masted sailing ship that was built around 1903. It was originally a Canadian ship built for Arctic exploration but it is now based in Maine and used as a training vessel by the Maritime Academy. The crew of 16 that sails the ship are nearly all students of the academy.

We listened to a short drama presentation on the dock. It told a story about Captain Bob Bartlett, one of the early Arctic explorers who sailed a ship much like this one. We were also allowed to go on board the ship. Two drawings were held for two one-hour cruises around the harbor. Each cruise took 25 lucky winners. One of our Boomer friends, Bill, had his name drawn but he gave his slot to another Boomer friend Chris. Then later Chris’s name was drawn and she gave her slot to Elena. So Elena enjoyed her first ride on a big sailing ship.

This afternoon we had our Boomer happy hour again and then Elena and I went out for dinner at a restaurant in town that serves moose. We each had a bowl of moose stew and we shared a moose cabatta (sandwich). This was our first taste of moose and we both liked it. It’s very lean meat, quite dark, and with only a very slight “gamey” taste.

This evening our group attended another concert in the arena. The group “Middle Tickle” played mostly Newfoundland music but also a variety of other tunes. They are very good but the music was a bit too loud. Perhaps our tolerance for loud music is decreasing as our age increases!

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