Sailing the Viking trail

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This weekend, TC Media’s Mary MacKay will be making her way to L’Anse aux Meadows to join Charlottetown mariner Geoff Ralling on his sailing quest to retrace the seaward steps the Vikings took 1,000 years ago when they sailed from Greenland and discovered the New World.

Mary MacKay

Since departing Prince Edward Island on July 2, Ralling has been steadily making his way toward this Norse archeological site.

Ralling and his wife, Jane Ralling, hoped to reach Flowers Cove on Friday, which would place them at the entrance of the Straits of Belle Isle.

They’re expected to arrive at L’Anse aux Meadows in a few days, where MacKay will join them and begin to regale the tales of all things Viking.

After spending a few days at the Parks Canada site and experiencing life as the Vikings would have at the turn of the last millennium, MacKay will hop aboard the Be Faithful 2, and with Ralling at the helm, sail the nautical route that was likely taken by Viking explorer Leif Erikson, a.k.a. Leif the Lucky, who during his exploratory voyage discovered Vinland.

This Viking voyage is the latest in a long line of on-the-spot adventures for MacKay, who works at The Guardian, The Telegram’s sister paper in Charlottetown.

She has travelled with a busload of Prince Edward Islanders to Guatemala in Central America, delivering supplies to a street children’s program.

She has bunked down with 10,000 Scouts at a massive jamboree in Cabot Park on P.E.I.’s north shore and also with members of the P.E.I. Regiment during a week-long, in-the-woods training stint in Gagetown, N.B.

She helped build a school in Rabinal, Guatemala and covered a medical and vision clinic mission to Mikinduri, Kenya.

Watch for MacKay’s dispatches from her Viking voyage next week at thetelegram.com.

Organizations: Straits of Belle Isle.They, Parks Canada, The Guardian

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, Flowers Cove, Guatemala Central America Cabot Park Gagetown Rabinal

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