Lovin' BBQ Season

Trip Start Mar 02, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Finally a weekend to ourselves, so we decided to make the best of it. We packed up a bag with meat and other food, and bought a "one-time" grill (a tin box with coals in it and a small grill, for camping or picnics..etc). We hiked out past the Folhammers (lime stone rocks in the sea) and found a cliff overlooking the sea (was previously known as the Dragon's Mouth because it had a small inlet where the waves would come crashing in and make strange noises, but has since collapsed). We could not of asked for better weather, and the sun was beginning to set. Ah, the setting for a perfect little romantic picnic. Well I'd love to continue and say that it was good time enjoyed by all, however, the "one-time" grill was crap and one box of matches later, we hiked back and grilled everything under the broiler in the oven. Not quite the evening I imagined but we will succeed next time.
Saturday we went into town and had another grill, this time at Styrbjörns and Desirees. We also stopped by ÖB and bought our own grill, a little one made for carrying down to the beaches, so Im already anticipating the next time I can convince Mattias to go for another picnic. Desiree had made a huge meal of pork cutlets and chicken breasts, salad, potato salad, baguettes, and tzatziki. After we went bowling, and I was reminded once again how badly I suck at 10-pin bowling.
Sunday I convinced Mattias, once again, to play tour guide. Our destination this time was Katthammarsvik. We stopped and hiked nearby the town in 2 places. The first to explose the ruins of and old coal burning building made of stone, and the second was near Östergarn where they say the largest fortress in Sweden was built during the Iron Age. It was on a cliff overlooking the sea where they could watch for attacks from the sea. I had high expectations but after walking and walking and walking we came across one sign stating that this is where the outer ring wall had been built (a few large stones lay here and there, I guess sort of resembling a wall???) and then after walking a ways farther we found another sign stating that this is where the inner ring had been built.
The trip would have been a huge disappointment but was salvaged by the fact that we found an old miltary bunker from the early 1900s and found it to be open! All along the east coast of Gotland there are military bunkers every few metres because in the early 1900s Sweden, worried of being invaded by Russia, thought that the Russians would try to take Gotland first, being that Gotland would then provide for them a strategic placement for invading mainland Sweden. Until we found this one open, I had been trying over and over again to see the inside of one.
I havent uploaded any pictures yet, but check back.. I will get around to it!
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