I’m have just finished up two weeks of travel for work. Last week I was in Arctic Bay and Iqaluit and then this week I visited Clyde River and Pond Inlet. Tonight was the first time in 2 weeks that I downloaded the photos off my camera…this is almost unheard for me! While I was walking on the ice taking photos of the iceberg tonight it was the first time that I had felt the need that I wanted to blog and that I felt like I had a story to share. So I have decided to share photos from my last two days in Pond Inlet then work backwards with stories and photos from my time in Clyde River and Pond Inlet. (because they are also important to share–but icebergs are pretty awesome!)
When I arrived in town on Wednesday night was cloudy with white skies…it’s stayed like that for the past couple of days, even snowing off and on at times…but tonight it finally cleared up. I was able to get to the Nattinak Visitor Centre on Thursday night. I slipped in about 5 minutes to 5:00pm. They close at 5pm, but the awesome worker (sorry I forget his name) took the time to show me around. He shared so much awesome information with lots of passion and excitement. It was really nice for him to let me see the displays even though he didn’t close up until 5:10pm!
There’s a real-life model of a narwhal that hangs from the ceiling…and out of the windows you can see the iceberg that I wanted to walk out to visit. (Those little specks of black are dog teams and closer to shore are snowmobiles and/or komotiqs.)
After showing me around all the awesome displays…giving me heaps of information, some new some not so new…the guy who was working at the visitor centre did a live demo of the seal kick game. This top photo shows him kicking from a standing position.
Here you can see the sequence of him doing the Alaska style…starting out sitting, with one hand holding the non-kicking foot….and stretching up and kicking to hit the tiny seal! Pretty awesome feat!
Some of the awesome displays in the Visitor Centre.
Friday night after dinner I asked a friend that has been living in Pangnirtung this year…(but here in Pond for work for 3 weeks) if she’d like to join me on a walk out to the iceberg that has been frozen into the ice. She agreed so off we went exploring!
The weather is so nice…the sun is shining here in Pond Inlet 24 hours a day. Kids are out playing even as I type this post…I can hear them and it’s 1:30am! It’s fun to see kids being kids…playing in the dirt, mud and puddles as the melt is starting.
We walked through the oldest part of Pond Inlet on our way out to the iceberg…lots of older boarded up buildings, but also new homes as well!
These little guys were too cute!
Shy at first but these girl did talk to us…and they were enjoying a game of hopscotch!
I thought this abandoned building was pretty neat…the sign on the end was interesting, can’t honestly tell you more than that about it though!
Here’s the sign…
Looking across the ice to Bylot Island…the clouds tonight kind of hovered at the peaks of the mountains.
Looking towards the iceberg…about a 15-20minute walk off shore.
My friend getting closer…sticking to the snowmobile trails…as it was easier to walk, and we didn’t sink into the soft snow!
We did walk around the iceberg…sorry for the photo over-load! It seamed that every angle it looked different and often had different lighting.
There was two more people out too look at the iceberg! They were getting some chunks of ice to make tea…apparently iceberg water is some of the best. (I didn’t get close enough to touch it…it’s melting, and chunks are falling off it…didn’t want to get bonked on the head and die. So no iceberg tea for me.) I had been warned by a few people not to get to close, because of the cracks and the ‘berg is melting.
Everyone needs to take a selfie with a iceberg!
The last time I saw icebergs was in April of 2009. I got to visit some on a day trip out to Cumberland Sound…there were 4 that were fairly close together and ice-locked. I blogged about that trip over on my ‘newbie in the north’ blog- iceberg#1, iceberg#2, iceberg#3 and iceberg#4. (it was 4 separate posts…and looking back on those blogs makes me smile a bit to see how my blogging has changed!)
A close-up of the top…
Me in front of the massive ‘berg…with my friend’s shadow in the corner. Thanks for snapping this shot for me!
…selfie at the ‘berg!
From the back side… or is it the front side?
…in the corner of this shot you can see the houses from town on the hill!
…those are small people standing beside the iceberg.
…one last shot, before walking back to the hotel.
It was the perfect evening to go for the walk. It was awesome to have a friend here that wanted to do the walk with me, thanks Rae!
It’s almost 2am…I can still hear kids playing and the sun is shining through my window! I have a long day tomorrow…starting off at being at the airport for 7am. So I best find my sleep mask and try to get some sleep. I’m totally lucky that I can sleep easily on a plane!