Monthly Archives: July 2011

Brought to you by the letters R* & U*…

As a Ryerson University Grad, you might have been expecting a post about Ryerson University, sorry to  disappoint … but  *R= Rain, Rain Boots, Rain Jacket…. *U= Umbrella-ella-ellas  (only if the wind isn’t too high to blow it inside out…if that is the case, well you just end up looking like a sopping wet mess!)

So if you haven’t already guessed, this past week has been a WET week here in Pang!  Which is really fun when you walk to and from work 4x a day—and it’s a 15min walk!  (although I must admit, I did get a few rides along the way, and sometimes a passing car would stop to pick me up!) Honestly, it wasn’t that bad–I learned a few things though–take a SPARE pair of DRY pants with you to work so you can get out of your soggy crazy jeans… (but that only happened one day…) Moving right along… because of the crazy amount of rain…the Duval river is RUSHING…and other ‘rivers/streams’ have sprung up all over town!  I’m actually kind of glad for NOT driving–bc of the POTHOLEs… (here I thought WINNIPEG was BAD!)..it’s a bumpy ride for everyone in their vehicles, making some cautious drivers, move along at a snail’s pace… (which I passed walking!)  After getting back into the swing of things, walking is good…before I end up rambling on some more… I’ll give you some photos from the week!

The next few photos were taken on Tuesday, on my way back to work after lunch!

“Oh, Hello sea-lift barge”…

“What? you can only unload a few containers and some of the vehicles”…

“Emergency? you don’t say, Greenland?! Hmmmm this is a bit odd, even for the north!”….

“I suppose I’ll see you next week, and the people have crates will be very happy to see your arrival!”  (my sealift arrives at the end of August…)

It was just enough of a tease for some people in town that were organized enough to get on the FIRST barge of the Season!
Moving right along… another view of the road and the beginnings of the pothole madness… random fact: there are no named roads here in Pang…Yes, I live in a place where the streets have no name! (but I don’t think Bono was talking about Pangnirtung when he made that song!?)
Despite the cloud rolling in…. Pangnirtung takes my breath away!
Crossing the Duval River (since has at least doubled if not tripled the amount of water running–depending on the weather this weekend, I’ll take a photo for you to see)… I was able to catch the cloud/fog roll in and just hover over the houses…
The final 3 photos… were taken tonight…it warmed up today(at one point Environment Canada listed Pang as 20C)–but it’s been windy, and the cloud is not looking so nice…reports of crazy waves, and winds in the Cumberland Sound… I think it’s a good weekend for bunking down—unless the weather changes again!

The first photo taken from my back door… shows Mt. Duval can you believe in 2009 I climbed that thing like 3 times? (seriously, not sure what I was thinking…I guess I was in better shape!?)

The water on the Fiord doesn’t look so happy… there was a wind starting to howl as well…Looking towards Auyuittuq National Park… its a view that I won’t get tired of looking at!

If you wanted to see more about Pang–check out the awesome website for the Hamlet!  The starting page, has an awesome view of the whole community…

Wishing you a super, awesome, fun and safe Long-Weekend!!! Hope you find your own adventures…

Edited to add:

P.S. Just after I hit POST… guess what started? the RAIN!!!

To the end of the road…

(and some other adventures around town!!)… but to start off let me tell you about the end of the road…

Yesterday evening I went to the end of the road… to walk around and take some photos!  There have been quite a few changes since I was last there, especially around the quarry.  It was nice to walk around…and just be in the peace and quiet…(except for the mossies!)

This photo is the view back into town—you can see a ‘dust trail’ on the road, probably from a huge dump truck!  (and there was dust on my lens, as well as heaps of mosquitoes!! so that’s the specks on the photo!)…

Looking back into Pang from the end of the road...

Hello Shadow... (tent in background...)

I didn’t wear bug spray on this trip to the end of the road… and that’s something I grew to regret as my time went on!  Seems like no matter where you live… there are always mosquitoes!!!  

One of the many 'monster-sized' mosquitoes!!

Watching the sun go behind the mountains… I love this time of year, and the amazing sunsets… and colours that come out in the clouds!!! it’s so beautiful–and my words can’t do it justice.. so here are some photos I took from my bedroom window!

The view from my bedroom window...

Today, I met up with a friend and went picking ‘cotton’… I was prepared today and wore bug spray–and that so kept the bugs away! We ended up going up by the water reservoir and walked around… talking, picking and looking at the other flowers!

Below: a view of a ‘cotton’ patch… me holding the beginnings of my bouquet of Arctic Cotton.. and this really cool flat rock, by a stream of water—it was so flat and looked like a piece of wood…

Arctic Cotton... with a really cool rock!

Looking back into town... and towards the Cumberland Sound...

Even though I couldn’t be at my family reunion… I was thinking about you guys.. and hope you had a fantastic day!!! 🙂  I know I had a great one….  it was a gorgeous day to be out walking… and I had great company! Thanks, Mary for joining me…it was great to catch up!!! 🙂

Welcome to Pangnirtung…

 

I have arrived safe and sound… took me a few days to get my internet all hooked up, but am back online with my limited somewhat temperamental at times, connection!  Its been a busy few days, but everything is going well… it’s been awesome seeing old friends, and meeting new ones!  At times this week I’ve felt like I’m experiencing a ‘ground-hog’ day experience, yet things are different than the last time I was here and different is good!

On Monday… I left the land of trees and excessive heat.. and started my trip north from Ottawa!  It was great fun trying to manoeuvre two luggage carts with my 7 pieces of luggage and 2 carry ons at the crazy early hour—but I managed it!  My flights were pretty uneventful… I even managed to get a cat nap!  The photo on the right is one last glimpse of Ottawa..

First glimpses of Iqaluit from the air… (top left)..I had my ‘breakfast’ on the plane.. it was really quite tasty, it’s nice to fly where they give you food for free!  I was excited to see the familiar rock formations as the plane entered the Pangnirtung Fiord!  A look at the plane… as I walked to the terminal!

High tide on left and low tide on right… My view from the Lodge…

My home for the week so far… I’m still sorting out my housing…but things are looking up, things just take time, especially in the north! (Besides this means I don’t have to cook for myself for awhile… and Louis food is pretty darn GOOD!… and I get to meet different people doing all kinds of different work in the community…)The GN Building (GN= Government of Nunavut)… There is lots of work going on around the waterfront—digging and working on the deep sea port… Walking to work on Tuesday… the clouds just hovered around, and almost over Mt. Duval… It’s a gorgeous time of year to be in the Arctic!  The temperatures have been hovering between 8-12C… (colder at night).. and to be honest, I prefer these kinds of temps than the crazy heat wave in the south!  (Unless of course I was at Haliburton Lake at the cottage… and spending the day in the LAKE!)…

 

Happy 35th Birthday Jamie!!!

Happy BIRTHDAY to you…

happy BiRtHdAy to YoU…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY dear JAMIE…

hApPy BiRtHdAy To YoU!!!

..luv the way you 'rock' the party hat!

...you are never afraid of 'hard' work!

..but also know how to kick loose and have a good time!!!

I'm so lucky to have you as a Big Bro!! 🙂

Hope you had a fantastic time camping this week… and Jamie, 35 is so not mid-life (trust me I’ve heard from lots of people..) …hope your dreams come true this next year!! 🙂

luv your little sister, Sarah 🙂

Nephew Love…

Just some ‘quick’ shots of the boys… They had just put on their pjs…so were ‘pretending’ to sleep! 
…showing me their ‘stinky’ feet!!
Hope you have a fantastic time camping… and enjoy the rest of your summer… I’ll see you at Christmas… luv, Aunt Sarah!! 🙂

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