On Monday I left Pang…flew to Iqaluit. It should have been a simple thing, but sometimes travel in the north isn’t so simple. It has been extremely windy / bad weather in Pang or bad weather in Iqaluit so that meant that and the last plane that came into town was Thursday Evening. So with no planes on Friday, Saturday or Sunday (that’s about 5 flights leaving town) that meant a lot of people trying to leave town-and only a few seats! I was one of them trying to get a seat to Iqaluit…(my flight from Saturday was cancelled, rebooked to Sunday, which was also cancelled-then rebooked for Tuesday PM)…to make a long story short, I was put on the wait list for both flights Monday Morning, but ended up getting a seat on one of the charter flights. I suppose one thing I was reminded of today was, things always work out…but there’s nothing straight forward about flying!
Inside the Pang terminal was full of people, but also there were 4 planes on the ground outside… 2 from First Air and 2 from Air Nunavut (charter flights).
In Iqaluit today I saw two random licence plates from the USA. I did a double take, and saw both of these plates within 5mins of each other! There is NO way that these cars have DRIVEN to Iqaluit (as there are no roads connecting Nunavut communities to the rest of southern Canada)…but I suppose people have connections to places in the south-so why not show it?
The next leg of my trip was flying to Arviat… the flight was about 3 1/2 hours. During this flight, my tailbone decided to remind me that I broke it during Easter weekend. Honestly it hasn’t been hurting in awhile, but now it’s reminded me that I do indeed have a tailbone, and it’s not happy!
Some views from inside the King Air. The co-pliot going on the right–goes through the safety features of the aircraft. I did a ‘wide-angle’* self portrait of everyone on the plane…(* I’m shocked I actually decided to share this photo-especially because the wide-angle made me look double my size!)
Some shots from the air… taken before my nap!
At one point when we were on the plane… I looked up and saw that someone had ‘signed’ the roof of the plane. Who would have known that Mr. Harper has such great cursive writing? After looking at the date, I realized that this was the same plane that brought Mr. Harper to Pang in August of 2009…when I met him.
Quite a few other people, MLAs and DMs in Nunavut + other random people had also signed the roof of the plane! Some of them signed before our Prime Minister did in 2009, and some of the signed after. This was one club I didn’t join, so no signatures left by me!
Coming into land in Arviat… I was glad to get my first glimpse of the community-I had to pee!
After we landed, there were some pretty cool clouds…with the sun trying to fight it’s way through!
After dinner…some of my coworkers and I went on a little walk around Arviat. The following are some of the photos from that walk!
….one of the things I like to do is take photos of signs when I visit new places. The ‘refueling’ sign was at the airport… and the RK’D is a spot that as ‘Arcade’ Games as well as food and groceries! The last photo was a random bike jump that was set up on a street here in Arviat, but no one but us was on that street at that time!
A snow mobile left near the ice, so hunters can still leave the community to hunt. Evidence of where hunters were outside many homes…on this ATV there were 2 MuskOx heads.
While we were walking, we passed the Margaret Aniksak Visitor’s Centre. There was a group of people outside-they invited us inside. They were practicing songs, drum dancing and throat singing. They were getting ready to perform in Ottawa and were talking about organizing a trip to Igloolik as well at some point in the future. After heading inside, we were soon offered chairs to sit on…and a mini-performance for us began. This was one of those really-cool-random-moments, of just being in the right place in the right time. I’m so glad that this moment happened. It was amazing to hear the Elders sing. Listening to women throat sing is just amazing. It is such a beautiful art, and I love listening to throat singers…there is something so powerful in hearing their songs.
It was a perfect ending to my first evening here in Arviat. I can’t wait to see what happens over the next few days!