Treena's Travels

This blog was set up to journal my experience of living in Nunavut and keep friends and family up to date on these happenings. It's a wonderful place, this hideaway in the north, and I'm loving my time here. An unforgettable place with unforgettable people. I'm lucky to be here.

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Location: Baker Lake, Nunavut, Canada

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Here are some more pictures from a trip out to the mouth of the Prince River. What an amazing area. The sandy beach and the crystal clear water were something I hadn't really expected to see way up here. Beautiful!

Where there's a will...

Rapids near the mouth of the Prince River

Seemed like a good idea at the time...

The path less travelled.

Young Canada Goose enjoying the fall colours. :-)

Sik Sik getting ready for winter.
(photo by Phil and Marie O'Keefe)

Sunday, September 10, 2006

It has been a good weekend in Baker Lake. It started out a bit daunting with our first snowfall on Thursday morning (the 7th) but it didn't amount to anything so that was good. Last year we had snow on the 8th so we beat it by one day this year! It was kind of exciting actually; it got me in the mood for Christmas. Only 15 more weeks!! :-)

Friday night was spent playing Balderdash with friends at Tania and Chad's place. THAT is one fun game! Saturday Chad, Tania, and I went out by honda to the mouth of the Prince River. Is it ever beautiful out there. The landscape has completely changed with all of the fall colours - reds, oranges, browns, and the odd pop of yellow. Fall is definitely my favorite season. Then, I got home and turned on the TV to watch the BMO Nationals Equestirian horse jumping competetion at Spruce Meadows and our boy Ian Miller and his horse In Style took first! That's the first time in 31 years that Canada has won it. Woo hoo!! Next year I plan to be there in person. Can't wait!

So today is Sunday and I'm just doing household chores, working on a movie for the family reunion we had in the summer, and resting my very sore muscles. Bouncing around on a honda for 5 hours makes for a very stiff back and shoulders. All in all, a great weekend.

Oh, and the good news, well for me anyways, a gastro intestinal flu bug and a respiratory illness have swept the community and I didn't get either one! Knock on wood...

I'm having trouble loading pics but will do it when I can. This internet.. Grrrrrrrrrrr!!!

Monday, September 04, 2006

Well, it's 11:30 p.m. on Monday night and I should be in bed but I'm sitting at my window watching the biggest orange moon I have ever seen reflect off of the lake while the Northern Lights dance across the sky. They're so amazing tonight; I've never seen them like this before. Green with purple trimming the edges. What a relaxing and hypnotic experience.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Well, it's hard to believe that it is already September. Man how time flies. Right now I'm playing referee to Oliver and Tila (teela) who are currently on round 49. I'm not sure if it's the wind or what but they both are full of P&V so we're having a playdate.

Anyway, the sumer is over and fall has definitely set in in Baker. Tania, Chad, Jenesta, Todd, the dogs and I all went berry picking on Aug 20th and I had to wear long-johns! It's chilly now but that means less bugs so I'm all for it. We've had 2 barges come in since I've been back - one with lumber and one with supplies for the schools and grocery store.

In the fall I had bought a used ATV from Tania and Chad and have loved using it to go out on the land. Oliver is pretty good at riding on the back of it and then running behind it for a bit of exercise. Actually, he loves it! I take my helmet out of the closet and he gets some excited and pretty choked if he doesn't get to come. Although, as much as he loves it, 2 weeks ago I dumped him off of it a couple of times. It actually doesn't have brakes and so to slow down one has to gear down. Apparently one needs to do so a bit more smoothly!