Monthly Archives: June 2012

The Great Canadian Blog Bash! (#TGCBB)

 


I’m excited to be a part of this blog-around-event!  From my understanding it is a fun event where a group of Canadian Bloggers are hosting giveaways with Canadian Companies to celebrate Canada Day.  For me the bonus it’s an amazing way to find other Canadian Bloggers to read!

Let me Introduce Myself…

I’m Sarah…a Canadian Blogger living in Nunavut! My blog is a place for me to share my adventures of travel and life.  I photography is a passion, so my posts are usually photo heavy.

As the name of my blog implies…I like to move around…I grew up in Ontario, spent 18months living in Manitoba, and now am living in Nunavut (for the 2nd time)! I love to travel and have adventures, even if those adventures don’t have me leaving on a plane into international territory!  I have had the opportunity to travel a bit in Canada…and am over 1/2 way though visiting all of the  Provinces and Territories.  I still have to head east to visit New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI and Newfoundland.  As well as heading WEST to the Yukon!

GIVEAWAY: 

I’m excited to be able to host my FIRST ever giveaway! My friend Lindsay owner of Fun and Funky Kids Hats…has generously donated one of her creations for the Great Canadian Blog Bash, and you my lovely readers have a chance to win it!  Check out her Page on Facebook…she not only makes kids hats, but adults as well!  (I’m wearing one she made in the photo above!)

Today you have the chance to win one this awesome Fun and Funky Kids Football Hat!

(This hat will fit a 2-4 year old!)

This giveaway is only open to residents of Canada. Ends July 1/2012 at midnight. 

To enter, use the Rafflecopter form below. If you’ve never used Rafflecopter before – please check out this short instructional video.
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And here’s some other giveaways you can enter from this blog bash party!

Hello, Pangnirtung!

This morning I flew back home to Pang.  My trip was amazing…but there’s something always special about coming home! Tonight just before 8pm I called up my friend Mary.  I asked her if she’d like to head out for a walk as a mini-celebration of the Summer Solstice.  The longest day of the year. Officially Environment Canada website hasn’t listed a sunset/sunrise in about a week.

When I lived here in 2009, Mary and I went for a walk to look at flowers at the base of Mt. Duval on June 20th (It was a Saturday)…but we ended up climbing to the top! We were a bit unprepared, no water bottles, or snacks…but managed fine and ended up at the top around midnight! It was such an awesome adventure.

I knew that we couldn’t climb to the top of Mt. Duval tonight, because we have to work tomorrow…instead we decided to walk on the other side of the Duval River, beyond the campground…to the falls!

Our starting point, the campground… just above the Duval River.  The wooden structure is a ‘wind-break’ that campers can set their tents up on.  This is also the start of the trail that leads beside the River. 

It wasn’t long to until we started to see flowers!  The tundra has awakened after it’s sleep under the snow…I can’t believe how GREEN it has gotten in the week and half I was away.  (The last photo in this series puts into perspective how ‘big’ these flowers are.) 

I had to make a few photos B&W.  Can you see those houses almost in the centre of the frame? Mine is in the middle of that bunch.  

 A look a the trail, it is a well worn path. In places the trail separates into a ‘high’ path and a ‘low’ path…carved into the side of the hill where people have walked for years, and years. It follows the river-and is an easy hike, perfect for tonight.  Mary and I took turns walking in the front… the person in behind often stopped to take photos! Here’s Mary striking a pose.  Tonight it wasn’t a total blue sky kind of night(only in part of the sky)-there were some dark clouds in parts of the sky…My turn to strike a pose.  Thanks Mary for snapping this shot. 

More flowers on the side of the path… so tiny, but so beautiful! 

Tonight I took the time to stop and smell the flowers.  (The plant I was smelling is in the photo on the right.) I can’t explain how awesome it smelt…so fresh! 

Our final destination-the falls on Duval River. A perfect spot to stop and have a conversation about goals, make action plans to make them become reality.  It was also a perfect spot to take some photos!

The top one of me was looking in one direction, and the bottom one of Mary was looking back towards town. 

The path leading back to town.  Spotting someone else enjoying the evening–walking on the other side of the river! Mary and I made a shadow self-portrait…

BBQs and Bonfires…

On Saturday, I met up with my friends Nathalie and Martin.  They invited me to join them for a BBQ and Bonfire at their friend’s cabin just outside of Iqaluit.  It was such a nice day, the sun was shining…and perfect weather for a BBQ!

The cabin was close enough to Iqaluit and there was a road that a car/truck could travel on…but we took out the family ATVs…because that’s a lot more fun!

Safety first… Nathalie has an awesome helmet/googles-custom painted and everything! I got to use the “visitor” helmet…which was a bit too small…but worked for our short trip!  (even though it kind of sat on top of my head, and my nose was on the edge of the visor if it was down!) 

Boys and their toys!

Martin had to join in on the fun…

A view from the cabin… 

A little ‘family’ BBQ action!!! Martin thanks for cooking… I didn’t get a shot of my awesome pork chop, and potatoes (in the tinfoil)…and salads… the whole meal was so good!  I think eating outside, in the fresh air, makes food taste 200% better!

There was some frisbee and baseball happening…

The bonfire was awesome!!!  The main wood was old pallets from the airport (because there are no trees in Nunavut)… but the original ‘stack’ of wood had pieces of a Christmas tree in it…so it smelt like trees!  

Natalie and I snuck away on the ATVs to head to Sylvia Grinnell Park.  I hadn’t been there before…and I think this was the first time I ever drove an ATV!  It was a fun trip- even got to head through some puddles and ended up a wee bit muddy! P.S. these photos were taken about 9:30-10:30pm!!!

A view of the river…worth the drive! 

We then headed back to the bonfire… where there were GIANT marshmallows.

And gorgeous sun-sets.  This time of the year the sun just hovers on the horizon, not fully leaving the sky–which means GORGEOUS skyline views.

A perfect night to have a warm fire!

As the sun lingered on the horizon, the fire burned down to embers…and around 11:30-midnight…it was time to head back home! 

…it was a perfect night!  Thanks Nathalie for inviting me… it was better than a night of dancing!

Goodbye Arviat, Hello Iqaluit!

On my last post about my trip to Arviat it seems fitting that I put up photos that ‘welcome’ you to Arviat!  I had such a great week in Arviat…it was really nice to visit another community in Nunavut.  The people of Arviat are so friendly and welcoming.

After our meetings wrapped up this morning…there was a bit of time to head to the ‘lumber’ store.  I took some photos inside, but promised the people in them that I wouldn’t post them!  Trust me they were pretty funny…my friend was looking for a tool belt, and the brand-name of the tool belt that they had in the store was hilarious! In the end she didn’t get the belt.

This store went on, and on, and on… anything and EVERYTHING you would ever want to have was there.  From food to sewing supplies to construction stuff to home appliances, the lumber store had it all!  That’s one of the fun parts about travelling…each community gets different things into their stores…and you never know what you might end up seeing!

Outside of the lumber store…was a group of kids.  They were jumping and running around-playing some kind of game.  They saw my camera and asked if I could take a photo of them.  So I did!

Our next stop was Kiluk-the Arts and Crafts Store in Arviat!  (This is the place that the Salia Doll Amauti are hand made!) While I was there one of the ladies brought out 3 cute Ookpik (Owls).  Immediately they were bought by two of my coworkers.  I quickly asked if there was another Ookpiks in the back.  The woman said there was one more ‘baby’ one…but it needed to be finished.  She quickly stitched it up, and cut the tail feathers so I could buy it. 

Posing with our new friends! 

Here’s another group of kids…waiting for their mum to take them home after a long day at school!

Then it was off to the airport to catch our charter flight back to Iqaluit.

On this flight I decided that this is kind of like a ‘bucket’ list item achieved… I was on a privately chartered plane…travelling from point A to B.  Glad that this happened northern style.

Kind of like another item on that ‘bucket’ list.  I always wanted to live in a house that had a porch swing. My basement apartment in Toronto–well that house it was in, had a porch swing! And the ‘Bucket’ list item to live by the ocean–well I’m doing that in Pang, but the water temps are a bit colder than I expected!

I guess sometimes our ‘bucket’ list wishes are a bit different than what we expect them to look at when we make them.  Maybe I need to start to define these items a bit more! Some last views of Arviat…

…and a view of Hudson’s Bay!

A quick stop for re-fueling in Rankin Inlet…

…a final wave, quick walk to board the plane, and two + hour flight back to Iqaluit is the way this story ended!

An Evening at the Elders Centre in Arviat…

Last night (Wednesday), our group was treated to an evening performance of singing and drumming at the Elders Centre.  (On Monday night we had ‘stumbled’ upon the group practicing for this performance!) It was an hour performance…and it was so amazing!  The women singing family songs to the men drumming.

The Elder that sang this song…had her grandson drum for her.  (She is wearing the red hat.)

This was one of my favourite photos I took last night.  

It was great to see so many people from the community of different ages enjoying the performance and also participating.

The Bead work on the Amoutiq was amazing!!! Here are two different examples from the front and back.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There was also a bit of throat singing…

I loved how this father was one of the drum dancers.  But he also brought his children so that they could watch him as well as other Elders doing the drum dancing.

The thing that struck me watching the performance…that it was something the Elders enjoyed…as well as the next generation.

Leaving the Elders Centre about 8:30pm… looking up here was the view of the sky.  After living in Winnipeg and then moving to Pang… I miss these WIDE open skies….

 

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