Arctic Adventure 7: The Lyubov Orlova, A Home Away from Home

The real charm of the cruise ship Lyuba Orlova was that she made you so anxious to go on the daily expeditions just to get away from the ship. Okay, I'm kidding … … just a little. We celebrated the 33rd birthday of the Lyubov Orlova while we were on board (July 19). I don't …

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Arctic Adventure 6: History and Culture

The Arctic Adventure cruise provided opportunities to learn about history and culture as well as wildlife. We stopped in two villages. Even though there were only 85 people on the cruise, and even though not everyone got off the boat in the two villages, a crowd of 75 people tends to overwhelm a village of …

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Arctic Adventure 5: I roam around, around, around, around, around.

Obscurity warning: The singer, Dion, was before my time too, but the title is quoting the last line of Dion's song, "The Wander." So if an arctic expedition isn't all about the photos, what is it about? For me it was getting off the ship and tramping around the edges of the arctic. Every day …

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Arctic Adventure 3: Murres, Murres, and more Murres

Cruise North Expeditions is an Inuit-owned company that rents the Lyuba Orlova for the summer. Each cruise is about one week long. They begin in St. John, Labrador; go up the Labrador coast, and around to Kuujjuaq, the next week takes them from Kuujjuaq to Churchill. On the third week they retrace their way to …

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Arctic Adventure 1: Not a “Cruise,” an “Expedition-Cruise”

We were sitting in the Forward Lounge of the Lyubov Orlova (a 33 year old, Russian made and crewed "Class D" ice breaking cruise ship) getting a briefing on the upcoming week by Jason Annahatak, our expedition leader (who was Inuit), when Dr. Susan Aiken, the expedition botanist (a New Zealander), interrupted, announcing, "We are …

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Barbecue

bar · be · cue [bahr-bi-kyoo] -verb. To marinate meat with a dry rub and cook it at a low temperature (200° - 225°) in dry and traditionally smokey heat. -adj. A word used to identify meats that have been cooked in the above manner, ie “barbecued ribs.” -noun. Pork shoulder or beef brisket that …

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