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

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Temp: -36
Windchill: -56
Sunrise: 9:11 a.m.
Sunset: 4:04 p.m.

Still cold. I'm sitting here, 11:30 p.m. watching a very large, very old delivery truck try and make it up the small hill near our apt building. The roads are slick and vehicles are lucky to start let alone drive around with ease.

But, the good news is tomorrow is Friday and come 4:00 I won't have to be out and about in this weather except for a very quick trip to the Northern. Thank goodness.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Temp: -39
Windchill: -57
supposed to dip to -63 overnight :-(
Sunrise: 9:14 a.m.
Sunset: 4:00 p.m.

Brrrrr. That pretty much sums it up. Well, damn cold is another way to say it. Skin freezes almost instantly it seems is another. Busses don't run properly but kids still walk to school in this, is another. The dog does his business on three legs, yet another. Sigh... I know it's the north but COME ON! Enough already!!!

Well, we've been pretty much in a deep freeze since getting back at the beginning of January and I have to say it's getting a bit old. Everyone is feeling exhausted and worn out and experiencing cabin fever. Well, probably not everyone but I am for sure. And for about a week there were no planes coming in or out which leaves one feeling isolated and absolutely CRAVING fresh produce! And bread. And milk. And mail! It was so nice to get mail again. I got a wonderful surprise care-package from a friend in Calgary and let me tell ya, I sure did appreciate it! So many fun goodies - care-packages are definitely a treasured luxury when living in the north!

But, with all the cold weather I have to say it is honestly pretty inspiring to see these little ones trudging to school, so determined to come every day regardless of frostbitten faces, necks and hands. Man, I've always thought that kids are our greatest teachers and this is yet another example of that! No complaining, smiles on their faces and just bundles of giggles. Definitely humbling.

Anyway, there was a brief reprieve on Sunday so Tania, Chad, me and the dogs went out for a romp on the ice. Here are a couple pics from that.

With the cold weather comes frost... indoors! Ice on the stovetop vent at the neighbours.

Pancake lunch with some of the gang on one of the surprise blizzard days we got off school. Good thing our dogs don't beg... Sheesh.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Temp: -32
Windchill: -49
Sunrise: 9:53 a.m.
Sunset: 3:27 p.m.

Well, Baker Lake has been in blizzard mode since last Wednesday and it's been really nice. Thursday and Friday we were off school with 90 km/hr winds but it's letting up today. And we actually did really good with the water situation; we only ran out of water yesterday afternoon and once they got all the water/sewage trucks thawed we had water delivered in the evening so we were good to go! And for tomorrow it's calling for -57 windchill which is a bit chilly I have to admit. It makes me laugh really because school stays in session up here, as long as visibility is good, until - 62 I think. But when I was a kid taking the school bus from the country in to town, if the temperature was colder than -32 we didn't have to go to school in case the bus broke down. -32! Here, we have outdoor recess until -44. Heh heh, it sure makes the point of how different environments foster strength or softness in us though hey? Too funny.

Anyway, here are some more pictures from the Vegas trip, back home and the blizzard.

Grand Canyon view from the helicopter

Dad and Chris hammin' it up

The Belagio fountains - absolutely amazing to see!

Some trees back at farm (I love the view out the lane at my parent's place)

Gearing up to take Oli outside to do his business

My neighbour outside checkin' the weather