Thursday, May 24, 2007

Grise Fiord - One More Picture

I can't believe I almost forgot this picture. The Mayor was telling me it is the biggest iceberg he has ever seen. The iceberg is smilier to an Antarctic one. This is at my maximum zoom.

Grise Fiord - Pictures and stories

We had a blizzard when we were in Grise Fiord and were there for an extra 3 day waiting for the weather to improve. The first 2 pictures are of the co-op hotel. A lot of the siding was missing from the building. Downstairs in the back hallway there was a least 4 inches of snow that had blown in around the back door. One of the rooms downstairs had snow in it from blowing in around the window. The wind was blowing hard enough around the window in Mikes room that it blew the lamp over. He decided to move to another room after that. It may sound bad but it was a fun adventure.

Sorry the next picture is sideways we don't have any photo software on our computer. Hopefully the home budget will allow us a new one soon. If you look close you will see a chain running from the roof to a barrel. The barrels are full of rock. The chains and barrels are at the four corners to help keep the building from being blown off the piles in a wind storm. Now that is windy.This picture is the stink pipes coming from the bathrooms at the airport. Now that is frost. I wonder why the mens pipe has more frost on it. The way Michele gets frosty at me some days it should be the womans side that has more frost on it.
Our flight out. The planes come in towards the mountain then cut hard left to land on the runway. Memorable way to come in.
Here is the airport. You can see the pipes just behind the entrance roof.
See Michele I wasn't alone with a woman on my trip. I took this picture to prove Mike was there also. I forgot to mention that Allashuwa was a woman. Yes I did tell Michele that she was going. I thought that Michele knew who Allashuwa was.
The next three pictures were taken outside during the blizzard. It is hard to tell by these pictures but it was really windy.

That is all from my trip. The photos below are some scenic photos of Grise Fiord. Enjoy.

Grise Fiord Pictures

Try to find the plane in this picture.

Nanisivik & Resolute Bay

The first two images are of Nanisivik. There is not a lot there just the airport. For anyone going to Arctic Bay this is were you get off. 27 Dollars later and a taxi ride your there. We just stopped here to let people off and took a few on.

I have only the two pictures of Resolute Bay. One is off an iceberg just of the shore. I zoomed in as best as I could. The second is taken in the council chambers in the hamlet offices. The flag post are Narwhal Tusks and the critter between them is a Muskox head. The best place to stay in Resolute is at Ozzies. Excellent large rooms and food available 24/7 great people.

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Qikitarjuaq to Pangnirtung

Yes we flew low
Inukshuk in Qikitarjuaq
See if you can find the inushuk in this picture.
Mountains and Glacier
Glacier Stream :)
Yes low
Looking up the fiord.
My favorite picture. That is a glacier coming down the mountain.
If you are ever in Qik fly back to Pang on Ken Borak air.
First Air just flies over the mountains.
Next will be Nanisivik and Resolute.

Pang & Qik

Sorry about the abbreviations. We just stopped in Pangnirtung on the way to Qikitarjuaq but I did get a couple of good pictures. The picture on the right is of the famous Fiord. I had to sneak out on the runway to take it. We flew out of the fiord on the way back. I will have the return pictures at the end. Most of our time was spent in Qikitarjuaq so I shall continue from there.

This photo is of Qik and it is looking across the harbour from the hotel.
The 2 pictures below were for fun. I find the churches here to be interesting in that they are so plain and rundown. Most seem to have been built in the 50's and 60's. The arctic dog is the national animal and is the purest bloodline of dog in the world and make for a nice picture. This one is a stray and was sitting on the beach hoping to steal a meal.

The next photo is of a bench mark survey point I stumble over at the edge of the ice. I crawl over rock, snow and ice and trip over this. Only me.

This is a picture of a crack in the ice. It is about 8 ft deep. I did learn from this experience that you do not go out on the ice and walk were there are cracks in the ice. Somehow i managed to step over a crack under the snow when i went on, but did manage to find it when i walked back. Thankfully most cracks seem to taper so i only ended up about waist deep. With a bit of wiggling and cursing i was able to get out with only my pride wounded. So this will be the last and only picture of a crack in the ice you will see on this blog.

Here is a picture of several dog teams that arrived from a different community. There was a film crew with them. I didn't find out from where.

My next posting will have the pictures from the return trip to Pang. Less talk but more pictures. Mountains, glaciers and inukshuks.