Dad dropped us off at L’anse aux Meadows for the day while he went to town to find wifi and cell phone signal. We explored the viking trade site interpretive displays and learned about the vikings that lived here around the year 1000ad.
In the 1960s this site was first excavated and a yarn spindle was found by a young boy helping his grandfather with part of the dig. The spindle proved that the Norsemen were here and that the vikings were in this land.
They have reconstructed a trade village near the archeological site. It is staffed with people dressed as vikings who were very knowledgeable and entertaining.
We met Ragnar, the blacksmith, and learned how to trade our energy to run the bellows in exchange for a nail that was made. It was cool to see the nails made and know that the work we did helped make them. We each got to keep the nail that we helped make.
We had fun dressing in Norsemen clothing and chatting with Tora and the other vikings.
We climbed to the top of the little hill near the visitors center and found cell phone coverage. Mom was laughing so hard at Emmerson trying to find cell signal and jumping for joy at 3 bars of LTE service!
When we got back home that night we hunted black flies and mosquitos in the motorhome!