Friday it was time for our Department to get out of the office and head out on the land. It was our Inuit Qaujimatjatuqangit (IQ) Spring Fishing Trip! (IQ is Inuit traditional Inuit Knowledge. click on the link for more information.)
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We had an early start, meeting on the beach at 6:30am…after everyone gathered and got there we took off for the fishing lake. I was one of the first people to arrive, and I thought maybe I was being ‘punked’ but it just turns out I was on time and the first to arrive!
I started out travelling in the back of a kamotik (sled being pulled by the snowmobile). It was a fun but bumpy ride across the fjord! When we started to go up the Kulik River Trail…I jumped out and onto the back of a snowmobile. (It was the safest way to get up…the trail was icy…and it’s a basic drop off a side of the mountain…with a heavy kamotik that might ‘swing’ off the side….so I was happy to be on a snowmobile!)
A shot of Pang in the distance from the top of the Kulik Trail… (see the edge of the trail?) At one point we stopped to take some photos…but everyone else in the group was still on the move! It was so weird… to see open water at this time of year…but one of the places we had to cross was open water! Coming home…I was back in a kamotik and there was some serious splashing of water…that instantly froze on me! Here’s the spot where two machines got stuck in the crazy deep powder. I did a roll off the machine… and then was stuck in snow up to my waist. It was crazy trying to walk to the top of the hill… I *might* have ended up crawling on my hands and knees, this *might* have been the only way to get to the top of the hill without breaking through the crust!
After lunch my luck jiggin’ changed! I *might* have caught the edge of the ice once…but then ended up getting FOUR awesome Char! Here’s a photo of me with the first… and my ‘pile’ of four! Soon after we started getting ready for our trip back to Pang.
Here’s a shot at the top of the Kulik Trail… (Pang is in the distance on the other side of the fjord!) I got out and walked down the hill… as the trail was slick, and it took mad skillz to keep the sleds and kamotiks on the trail, not jack-knifing and flipping off the edge of the mountain! One of the guys took this sled and kamotik down the hill… took the kamotik off and then drove back up! Then he drove down his machine and kamotik. Looking back at the Kulik Trail from the other side of the pack ice. End of the day… it was such a great day! I got home about 7:30pm… and it was still DAYLIGHT!
It was a perfect day for fun with people I work with…can’t wait until the next day we get to go out!