Friday, November 25, 2011

Polar Bear Watch Scotch

Polar Bear Monitoring my Scotch
We had one polar bear hang around the camp towards the end of the season this summer.  It was a young, curious male, who kept wandering back around for another look and another sniff to see what we were up to.  On the first night that the bear showed up the camp manager instituted a 24 hour bear watch.  I was on the midnight to 3AM watch and two other archaeologists had the 3AM-6AM shift.  It was cold and dark and the three of us agreed to use our extra three hours worth of pay to buy a nice warm bottle of scotch.

This fellow swam up and hung around for a few days.

At least one of us got some rest.

Checking out his tracks
I picked up my bottle in Frankfurt at the airport's duty free shop on the way home from our Spain/France vacation.  I thought my 3 hour bonus would stretch a little farther than usual there and I picked up a bottle of 21 year old Ballantine's.  I haven't opened it yet, so I can't comment on the flavour, but I do enjoy the more affordable Ballantine's blend available at the NL Liquor stores.  Unless something else comes up, I'm thinking that I'll have my first taste to celebrate finishing the report.

Lori loves that our living room is turning into a den. 

Photo Credits: Tim Rast

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