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

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Well, the fishing derby was a huge success! A lot of people came out and braved the snow and wind and took part. A huge thanks to Chris, Todd, Tom, Chad, Bill and everyone who helped drill all the holes. We were out there for two hours and only one fish was caught but it was a gooder. Congrats to Jenesta for pulling in the big one! I, as per my reputation, did not even get a nibble. Granted, I spent the majority of my time snapping photos and that could have something to do with it. :o)

Good times.....

Komatiq loaded up with gear for the trip.

That there ice be deep! Over 6 feet still...

The big winner!

Temp: -12
Windchill: -17
Sunrise: 4:48 a.m.
Sunset: 9:54 p.m.
cloudy and snowing

Well, as I type this I have a cold and am watching Coronation Street. I love Sunday mornings. Sitting with a cup of tea and watching some 'Corno' does a girl good. Especially since I didn't sleep last night due to a running nose. There's a silly cold going around the community and I'd thought since I'd put in my time with illnesses the first year I moved here that I was done with all that. Wishful thinking on my part. Ahh well. Now to see if the fishing derby we have planned to celebrate the 40th birthday of a friend will pan out today. It was supposed to be yesterday but it was windy and not nice so we postponed it to today. Now we have light flurries and it's overcast. But, we still have a few hours and it could turn around so we shall see. I don't mind flurries and overcast but we want it warm enough for everyone to enjoy themselves as there is no windbreak once we get out there.

Lets see.... since I last wrote I had a very interesting interpreting experience. I interpreted for Twink-Elle the clown and it was definitely a challenge and definitely fun! She was up here visiting her sister Erica and the kids loved having her here. Good times!

And for Easter I conned the gang into making Easter cookies with me to take to Todd and Jenesta's Easter party. It's a bit of a tradition with my family to decorate cookies so I decided to force the fun on my friends too! :o) Heh heh, they were very good sports about it and it turns out it was a very interesting form of creative expression. Too funny.

Friday night Tania/Chad and I had our house sales to prepare for the big move back down south and it was a huge success! We all got rid of almost everything which is great. Only a few tidbits left to get rid of so there will be a lot less to pack. It seems a bit early to get rid of things as we still have 7 weeks left but it's better to do the sale early while the weather still isn't that great because once it warms up everyone heads out on the land hunting and fishing every chance they get. It's a big relief to have it over with; it was very full and busy in my tiny apartment but it was a lot of fun and great to have so many people come out.

And as for spring coming, the temperatures are definitely milder now but we still have a lot of snow and have yet to hit plus digits for temperatures. The wind still kicks up and makes it not very pleasant which is tiring and a bit draining. But, in another couple of weeks spring should be here in full swing. This week is Hamlet Days and I remember last year at this time we had some blustery weather and the year before it was down-right blizzarding so I expect that we will get at least one more blizzard before Mother Nature calls it good for the season.

So today is the fishing derby and tomorrow we have off for Hamlet Days so that is a treat. I love Hamlet week because it's great watching the kids participating in the traditional sports. Talk about athletes! Friday was our Jump Rope for Heart event in the gym and I was pooped doing the Caribou Skipping for only a couple of minutes!

Well, off I go to the derby. Here's hoping I catch my first fish in the north!