This past weekend I went away to a Fall Retreat. During Saturday afternoon there was some free time…before the scheduled ‘tea party’…I went off with two friends for a walk along the trails on the property.
…the first time I came to Fair Havens I was in high school, and came with my youth group for a winter retreat in the winter!
It was so much fun to walk and talk…and take some time to take photos…stopping along the trail.
It’s funny how a short walk…with my camera and me taking photos can make me feel so alive. I really need to start adding this back into my life on a more regular basis.
Always need to find me a RED maple leaf…Canadian at heart over here!
We interrupted our hike and conversations…for a ‘selfie’ moment!
“The true charm of pedestrianism does not lie in the walking, or in the scenery, but in the talking. The walking is good to time the movement of the tongue by, and to keep the blood and the brain stirred up and active; the scenery and the woodsy smells are good to bear in upon a man an unconscious and unobtrusive charm and solace to eye and soul and sense; but the supreme pleasure comes from the talk.” ~Mark Twain
The colours and textures of the forest floor were so gorgeous…
Just a wee bit of fungus on that tree stump….
As we wandered past the camping spots and trailers that are on the property…we passed one trailer that had so MANY rocks…ALL over the picnic table…and lined up in plastic boxes all over the deck. They had such an awesome rock collection—and I only snapped a few photos of it!
It felt so good to get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air…October is an awesome month because fall has arrived.
The weather here in Pang this week has been sunny and clear, but winter is definitely here. Today I got all my gear on and walked down to the store to get some groceries. Felt so good to be home. There was a lot of excitement happening at the beach…narwhals were in Cumberland Sound and by the end of the evening there was lots of fresh mattaq for everyone!
Even though it’s getting colder and the days are getting shorter… life in the Arctic is still pretty sweet!
Happy Saturday everyone!
Sometimes you just need to get into a car and drive. Well when you live in a small remote fly in community just below the Arctic Circle…options are quite limited. However, we do have a road that goes alongside the fiord…past the sewage treatment plant, the dump for household garbage, the metal and wood dumps or as some people call it ‘Canadian Tire’–since you’d be surprised what you can find when you need a part to fix something!
The road ends past the gravel pit…and is about a 5 KM stretch of road. Often I walk, but lately there’s been Polar Bears hanging around…and I’ve been too sick to venture outside of my house!
Tonight a friend called and we went for a Friday night drive to the end of the road. Just a slow trip to the end of the road to see what we could see. We left at the ‘magic’ moment that is happening at the moment for light…the sun had dipped down behind the mountains on the other side of the fiord….the tide was coming back in and there was so much beauty all around. Puts life into perspective when you see how gorgeous your surroundings are all around you….you just need to open up your eyes and wow!
The tundra has started to change into brilliant fall colours…reds, gorgeous yellows and some browns! Didn’t get shots of that this trip…but perhaps a walk this weekend will fix that.
I love how the tide was coming in and you can still see the ‘high’ tide rock markers in this photo below…
Thanks for all your well wishes via Facebook, Instagram and email…I’m finally on the mend and can say I feel back to 100%! It’s good to be home, looking forward to a weekend here before I take off on my next trip on Monday.
As you know from yesterday’s post I’m currently in Cape Dorset. Tonight my friend Cassandra picked me up for dinner. Before dinner we did a drive around tour of some of the cool spots in Cape Dorset!
We decided to do the tour before we ate…because the fog has been coming and going all day. Luckily we did because by the end of dinner the fog had rolled in and seemed to engulf town.
The land here is so different from Pangnirtung. It’s very rocky…and the rock formations are awesome to look at!
This is the “bridge” that connects Dorset Island to Malik Island at low tide. Pretty awesome…
It was nice to have access to a vehicle and get another new perspective of the community from different views.
There’s something pretty neat about seeing boats sitting on the ground at low tide…before Pangnirtung got it’s harbour this use to be the way it was too!
We were able to see a few icebergs floating in the distance. I had seen them from the air when we landed on Tuesday..but it was nice to see them again!
So rocky under my feet…seems like every 10 steps or so the rocks changed that were under my feet…to bigger, or smaller than this photo!
Out for a Wednesday walk…Thanks again Cassandra for the awesome dinner and tour…it was great catching up! I hope our paths cross again in the Arctic soon.
When I was in Iqaluit in June I went with my friends Josefina and Eduardo to Apex to do a quick photo shoot. It was almost a year to the date when I did my last photo shoot with them in Apex!
Love these photos…the one on the left with the struggle to get buckled in and the one on the right taken not even 2 minutes later!
We started off just walking along the beach…the sun was still shining strong! Even though it was well past 6pm.
…posing at the Big Red Boat!
Our time was filled with laughter…
Getting a two-year old trying to cooperate for a group photo was a bit of a challenge. But in the end the strategy of letting him do what he wanted to do, kind of worked out in the long run! He was much more interested in picking up sand and letting it fall from his fingers than pose for a group family shot! A quick photo-shoot for Baby#3…coming fall of 2014.
Nothing says a fun time like walking on the beach in your rubber boots!
Climbing over the last bits of snow and ice on the beach! Brothers having a bonding moment…
Parents stealing a moment while boys are at play!
“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” ― C.S. Lewis
As always it was so much fun photographing your family. I wish you all the best on your move south. I can’t wait to visit you in December and meet your new addition. This summer with me working in Iqaluit and you not here won’t be the same! Your friendship over the past years has meant so much and know that distance won’t stop it from growing. Wishing you all the best as you start on the next chapter in your lives.
“We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed. As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last a drop which makes it run over; so in a series of kindnesses there is at last one which makes the heart run over”. – Ray Bradbury