Today I joined Sören and Pia, his wife, on a lovely afternoon at the beach. We drove out on Kvaløya toward Tromvik and stopped at Vågbotn at the very end of Grøtfjorden. We setup a picnic/BBQ site down by the water on a nice mossy spot that Pia picked out. It was so warm in the afternoon sun that I was wearing a tank top and had even taken my socks and shoes off! It was the first real summer day. The temperature actually hit 20*C today. I think it was for the first time this year!
Sören brought some marinated beef, Pia some chicken and I had salmon again (but this time I improved it a bit with some fresh lemon and dill). We also had some garlic bread again, zucchini, onions, peppers and grilled feta. It was quite delicious and we ate quite a bit of food, but we left just enough room for a S’more. Pia and Sören had lived in the NE US for a few years, but apparently had missed out on the roasting marshmallows and making S’mores experience. So we bought some marshmallows (which were coated in a fine vanilla sugar), milk chocolate (which was much thicker than a Hersey’s bar, so it didn’t melt much, but tasted great) and the Graham cracker equivalent Digestive cookie/crackers (which lacked the cinnamon sugar on top). The end result was not quite the same… but they were very tasty, and messy ooie gooie – much closer to a S’more than I expected to make here in Norway. Pia and Sören seemed to like them too!
On our way back to Tromsø we stopped on the beach in Grøtfjord and walked a little in the sand. The ocean water was cold, but not nearly as cold as I would expect. We all took our shoes off and walked in the water for a bit. Some brave people at the beach went for a short dip, but most didn’t go in above their knees. There were a lot of people at the beach though picnicking, relaxing and laying out in the summer sun. The beaches in Norway are simply stunning! I hope there are a few more warm summer days left this year to enjoy them 🙂