22.07.2014 - 29.07.2014 95 °F
I awoke at 3:30am to sunlight, not bright sun, but it wasn’t dark at all.
Finally washers and dryers, several of them! We all had clean clothes before leaving for the day of sightseeing.
Our 1st, and it turns out only stop, was to the Fram Museum. http://www.frammuseum.no/ This museum houses the boat that Roald Amundsen took to the South Pole for his expedition. If any of you remember the Masterpiece Theater program on this, several years ago, you will remember the race between Scott and Amundsen. This museum has the boat and the boat is open for viewing. Most of the boat can be touched and walked on, bedrooms are closed with a window for viewing and there are personal artifacts in the bedrooms. The engine room is open for viewing thru a window from the floor above. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/ice/peopleevents/pandeAMEX87.html
In the program the Fram seemed so small but in person it seemed larger, but then of course it is viewed from the bottom. Next to a large cruise ship it is quite small.
The museum is interactive with displays testing skills that would be needed as a member of the Fram. I’m afraid we would have been eaten by the Polar bears.
What surprised us was how the Fram was built in its day, to survive the stresses of being trapped in the ice. When one views the inside construction close up the beams are massive and beautiful solid wood. The ship was truly a work of art and engineering.
We were also surprised on just how many exploration trips the Frann was involved in. We were impressed with how versatile each crew member was, how educated and really brilliant each was.
After 5 hours we hadn’t finished looking at all of the exhibits, but it was nearly 6pm and we were getting quite hungry. It was time to get to the market for dinner. We decided that once we are back home we will watch the Masterpiece program again.
We actually made it to the food court (for lack of a better term), a place where there are lots of fresh food stalls: fish, meat, cheese, and found what we needed for dinner. As we could not find any ice in Oslo we were buying food items fresh as needed.
We moved our camp over to a site that opened up which had a table. We were feeling pretty smug, when we sat up our camp stove and started our pasta.
Watch out for that perfect spot! A big black cloud started over and soon there were a few drops of rain. We laughed and thought that we could weather this one. The Europeans kept walking on to the lake nearby, we kept cooking and setting up our table. Then the rains hit, heavy rain and winds blowing everything everywhere. Dale and Elias ran for the tarp while I scrambled to gather up all of the items on the table.
We sat with our uncooked dinner items in the tent/tarp waiting out the storm. Finally it passed and the sun was shining but the air had cooled off. It was probably 95F and humid earlier, now maybe in the 80’s.
We cooked our dinner, ate and went off to bed. Too much excitement for one day.